Caroline is a theatre director based in London.
She will direct Oliver Twist adapted by Anya Reiss at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as part of their 2017 summer season. She will follow this with a production of Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Other directing credits include:
The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)
Parallel Macbeth (Young Vic)
Eclipsed (Gate Theatre, London Nominated for Best Production, and Best Ensemble, Off West End Awards 2015)
Macbeth (Chapter Arts)
Shakespeare in a Suitcase (co-directed with Tim Crouch for RSC)
Electra (RWCMD, Cardiff)
Old Vic New Voice Festival (Old Vic)
By Mr Farquhar (UK City of Culture 2013)
Text Messages (Project, Dublin)
Gate 35 Gala (Louise Blouin Foundation)
Leaving Home Party (Farnham Maltings Tour)
The Children (Embassy Theatre, London)
Attempts on her Life (Durham Theatre, Berkeley, USA).
Caroline was formerly Associate Director at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and is currently an Education Associate Practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has also directed at the Bush Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Praise for The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre)
Her recent production of The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe was part of Emma Rice’s Summer #WonderSeason 2016 and received 4* and 5* reviews across the board.
The Guardian ****
“Caroline Byrne’s superb revival doesn’t sacrifice the darkness….this is an evening of wit, passion and politics.” “thumping good fun while also taming the play’s ideological toxicity”
“This production is masterly, elegiac and full of force – entirely in control of its vision”
Evening Standard ****
“[a] stingingly provocative production”
The Telegraph ****
“[an] excellent production ….. from the off, ideas of repression, rebellion and equality boldly inform this Shrew”
What’s on Stage *****
“Caroline Byrne’s all-Irish production is quite the best Shrew I have ever seen ….. a thrilling hybrid of comedy and tragedy.”
Praise for Eclipsed (Gate Theatre, London)
The Guardian ****
“This small but polished gem is staged with swagger by Caroline Byrne…”
The Times ****
“Caroline Byrne’s highly charged production… pulses with life and the acting from the cast of five is thrillingly full-blooded. Pungent, compassionate and defiant, this is angry, exhilarating theatre.”
Time Out *****
“Caroline Byrne directs a phenomenal production… and performances of almost unbearable veracity and tautness… This is some of the most ambitious work yet seen in London’s most relentlessly ambitious theatre: a defiant cry wrestled into a considerable work of art.”
The Stage *****
“In the hands of Caroline Byrne, the Gate’s former associate director, the production is a thing of incredible tension punctuated by moments of warmth… It’s a gripping, layered [play]… skillfully handled by Byrne and powerful in more ways than one, a story in need of telling.”