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What I do:
Theatre Director and Dramaturg. Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal
A little more about me:
Finalist - Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme 2017
Finalist - Royal Theatrical Support Trust Director Award 2016

John made his directorial debut in 2013 with Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (York Theatre Royal). He is Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal and being mentored by Third Angel. Last year he was co-assistant director to Rufus Norris during a four-day intensive workshop and worked as a Connections Director (National Theatre). He trained at Bretton Hall College and the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Projects I’m working on:
The Drowned World (Workshop, National Theatre Studio)
Saucy! (Research and Development, Rich Seam/Little Mighty)
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John R. Wilkinson's Blog

Re: European Theatre Café - York Theatre Royal, Wednesday 26th February 2014

6 newly translated European plays given rehearsed readings as part of Theatre Café:…


Posted on February 4, 2014 at 4:09

Re: Can't Stand Up For Falling Down - York Theatre Royal

Hello guys and gals.  Apologies for the humongous radio silence.  Just a very quick plug to say that Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down has one week left of its run in the Studio at York Theatre Royal (‘til 16th November).  Please pop along if you’re Yorkshire bound during that time.…


Posted on November 8, 2013 at 3:10

A little salute for Drury Lane

This idea is, undoubtedly, not unique to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, but it deserves applauding nevertheless.

So, we've been down in London holding auditions.  As you do, when you're in the Big Smoke, thought I'd catch a show.  Managed to wangle a disabled and escort seat for Charlie and the Chocolate…


Posted on July 17, 2013 at 13:10

Shakespeare's Globe presents Henry VI (National Tour)

Following up on my post in Creatives yesterday, here's the first review of the Globe's Henry VI trilogy.…


Posted on July 3, 2013 at 3:30

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At 2:40 on July 22, 2013, Gavin Porter said…

Hi John thanks for signing the petition. Lets hope they listen

At 2:30 on July 9, 2013, Anna Poole said…

Hi John, 

Thank-you for joining the TEAM group and welcome! 

We have lots of opportunities for TEAM members to get involved in different aspects of NTW including productions and the office. There are also lots of events run by TEAM members for TEAM members, which are advertised on the group. I have read your blogs about what you are working on at the moment and I look forward to finding out how Can't Stand For Falling Down develops, it looks like a really interesting piece of work. If you would like to find out more about TEAM or how to get involved please feel free to either contact me via the community or by e-mailing 

I look forward to hearing from you. 



At 3:36 on July 4, 2013, Alison Neighbour said…

Hi John, 

I saw a few NTW messages from you pop into my inbox yesterday, and was intrigued enough to read a little more about Can't Stand Up For Falling Down. I enjoyed reading your poetic description of the rivers and quarries, and the symbolism in relation to the play . I'm a designer, so place and how it impacts on story are always the first things I consider. I used to live in York, and in fact my first professional job was at the Theatre Royal, assistant designing on Wuthering Heights. I'm interested in connecting with directors working regionally (I live in London now, which, although a fantastic hotbed of exciting projects, can also be constraining in its own way), so if you fancy a chat sometime then let me know.

Best wishes,


At 1:28 on July 4, 2013, Katherine Jewkes said…

Hey John!

Great to see you on here, how's life treating you in York?



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