William Oldroyd’s first feature film, Lady Macbeth (2016), had its European Premiere at the 64th San Sebastian Festival last year, where it won the FIPRESCI International Critic’s prize. Since then it has screened at the most prestigious international film festivals and been distributed around the world.
Previously Oldroyd’s short film Best won the Sundance London Short Film Competition and was then invited to be shown at Sundance in 2014. He started working in film at art college before becoming a successful theatre and opera director in the UK and abroad.
As Director in Residence at the Young Vic Theatre, London he staged contemporary adaptations of European classics such as Ghosts by Ibsen. Subsequently he was invited to direct adaptations of Sartre in Tokyo, Beckett in Munich and Shakespeare in UK for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival. His opera productions include works by Pergolesi in Portugal and Donizetti for the English Touring Opera (ETO) at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.