Simon McBurney - artist at English National Opera

Simon McBurney


Simon McBurney is an actor, writer, director, and co-founder of Complicite, where he has created more than 30 productions. His work, from site-specific installations to the reinvention of classic texts on Broadway, continuously resists definition, but has always been intimately bound up with music.

Previously for ENO: A Dog’s Heart.

Career Highlights

Previous work with Complicite: The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin, A Disappearing Number, Measure for Measure, The Elephant Vanishes, Pet Shop Boys Meet Eisenstein and the company’s current production, The Encounter, in which Simon McBurney performs. Other directing includes All My Sons (Broadway) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (with Al Pacino in New York).

Film and Television acting roles: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, The Theory of Everything, Magic in the Moonlight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Jane Eyre, The Duchess, The Last King of Scotland, The Casual Vacancy, Rev.

Awards and achievements: He was the first British Artiste Associé at Festival d’Avignon in 2012 with The Master and Margarita opening the Festival. In 2009 he was awarded the Yomiuri Theatre Award Grand Prize for Best Director for Shun-kin (the first non-Japanese artist to receive the award) and he was the recipient of the 2008 Berlin Academy of Arts Konrad Wolf Prize for Europe’s Outstanding Multi-disciplinary Artists.

Last updated: 1st December 2017