Nick Hytner

Sir Nicholas Hytner

HighTide is an important and effective national company for staging new works.

Nicholas Hytner is Director of the National Theatre.



Richard Eyre

Sir Richard Eyre

HighTide has established itself as a valuable source for new British play which are now on the stages of theatres across the country.

Richard Eyre is a film and theatre director, and he is a former Director of the National Theatre.


Stephen Daldry

Stephen Daldry CBE

New writing matters. It's the voice of our times. It's important that it gets produced well and gets seen, which is why I support HighTide, who have come out of nowhere and captured the imagination.

Stephen Daldry is an Oscar-nominated film and theatre director, and a former Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre.


Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes CBE

With remarkable speed, HighTide has had a significant, positive effect on theatre that will resonate for years to come.

Sam Mendes' latest film is Skyfall. In 1999 his debut film American Beauty earned him an Academy Award.


Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson CBE

The whole festival is a buzz of creative, stimulating energy; the plays, the place, the people, it's like nothing else I know.

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain's best loved actresses. She has worked extensively on stage, winning an Olivier Award for her performance in Death and the Maiden.


David Hare

Sir David Hare

In a theatre culture sometimes short of all three, HighTide offers vision, generosity and enjoyment. For new playwrights, the priceless incentive of production; for audiences, something always interesting, always new.

David performed his monologues Berlin and Wall together for the first time at HighTide Festival 2009 in a production directed by Stephen Daldry.

David Hare is one of Britain’s most internationally performed playwrights. Ten of his best-known plays, including Plenty, Skylight, The Blue Room, Amy’s View, The Judas Kiss, Via Dolorosa, and The Vertical Hour have also been presented on Broadway.


Sinead Cusack

Sinead Cusack

In the untried climate of today, commercial viability is prioritized at the expense of risk taking and the support of untried talent. Imagination and innovation is vital to combat the state of affairs, and HighTide is exactly the response we need.

Sinead is a twice Tony-Award nominated actress from Ireland, who has worked for the Abbey in Dublin, RSC, National Theatre, Royal Court, and on Broadway. She recently starred in Sam Mendes' first Bridge Project Company, touring from BAM to London's Old Vic.



Sally Greene

Sally Greene

HighTide is an example of the incredible wealth of talent, drive and determination that exists in our young artists, and the amazing things that can be achieved through a combination of vision, tenacity and courage.

Sally set up Old Vic Productions in 1993 (then called Criterion Productions) to produce, co-produce, manage and invest in a diverse portfolio of plays and musicals. She became Chief Executive of the Old Vic Theatre in 2003 and appointed Kevin Spacey as Artistic Director. Her productions include Billy Elliot the Musical.