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David Hugh Jones (19 February 1934 – 19
September 2008) was a British stage, television, and film
Jones was born in Poole, Dorset, the son of John David
Jones and his wife Gwendolen Agnes Langworthy (Ricketts). When
married to British actress Sheila Allen, he had two sons, Jesse, of
Brooklyn, New York, and
Joseph, of Tucson, Arizona, and together they had
After his divorce from his wife, Jones's partner of the last 20
years was photographer Joyce Tenneson, and they lived in New
York at the time of his death.
Jones was educated at Taunton School and Christ's College,
Cambridge. Originally a television director, he first worked
for BBC producer Huw
Wheldon working on the Monitor arts television series
from 1958 to 1964. His first London stage production was a
triple-bill of T. S.
Eliot’s Sweeney Agonistes, W. B. Yeats’s Purgatory and Samuel Beckett’s
Krapp's Last Tape at the Mermaid Theatre
He directed his first production for the Royal Shakespeare Company at
the Arts Theatre
in 1962, Boris Vian’s
The Empire Builder, and two years later accepted the
administrative post of RSC Artistic Controller, helping to plan
programmes of new plays and European classics at the Aldwych Theatre
in London. He also took over responsibility for running the Aldwych
from 1969 to 1972, and again in 1975-77. During this period he
championed the plays of David Mercer and Maxim Gorky.
For BBC television he directed Ice Age, The Beaux
Stratagem and Langrishe, Go Down in
1978. He also produced Play of the Month (1977-79).
He left the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979, taking up an
appointment as an artistic director at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and
to found a resident theatre company modelled on the RSC (Beauman
After teaching at the Yale School of Drama in 1981, he
returned to England where for the BBC Television Shakespeare
series he directed The Merry Wives of
Windsor (1982), and Pericles, Prince of Tyre
(1984), and made his debut as a feature film director with Betrayal (1983), based on Harold Pinter's
screenplay adaptation of his 1978 play Betrayal
From 1973 to 1978, Jones was Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
(RSC), in Aldwych, where he directed plays by William
Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Anton Chekhov, Sean O'Casey, Maxim Gorky, Harley Granville Barker, Graham Greene, and
others, and became an honorary associate director of the RSC in
1991. From 1979 to 1981, he was Artistic Director of the BAM
Theater Company (1979-1981).
He also directed three productions at the Williamstown Theatre
Festival, in Williamstown,
Massachusetts: On the Razzle (1981), by Tom Stoppard (2005);
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), by
Williams (2006), and The Autumn Garden (1951), by Lillian Hellman
- The Empire Builders (Boris Vian) RSC Arts Theatre,
- The Governor’s Lady (David Mercer) Aldwych, 1965
- Saint’s Day, Stratford East, 1965
- The Investigation (Peter Weiss) co-directed with Peter
Brook, Aldwych, 1965
- Belcher’s Luck (David Mercer) Aldwych, 1966;
- As You
Like It, Stratford, 1967; Aldwych, 1967; Los Angeles,
1968; Stratford, 1968
- Diary of a
Scoundrel (Aleksandr Ostrovsky), Liverpool,
Tempest, Chichester, 1968
- The Silver Tassie (Sean O'Casey) Aldwych, 1969
- After Haggerty (David Mercer) Aldwych and Criterion
- The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising (Günter Grass)
- Enemies (Maxim Gorky) Aldwych, 1971
- The Lower Depths (Maxim Gorky) Aldwych, 1972
- The Island of the Mighty (John Arden) Aldwych, 1972
- Love's Labour's Lost
Stratford, 1973; New York and Aldwych 1975
- Duck Song (David Mercer) Aldwych, 1974
- Summerfolk (Maxim Gorky) Aldwych, 1974; New York,
- The Marrying of Anne Leete (Harley Granville-Barker)
- The Return of A. J. Raffles (Graham Greene) Aldwych, 1975; Stratford
Night, Stratford, Ontario, 1975
- The Zykovs (Maxim Gorky) Aldwych, 1976
- Ivanov (Anton Chekhov)
- All's Well That Ends
Well, Stratford, Ontario, 1977
- Baal (Bertolt Brecht)
Place, Stratford 1979; Donmar Warehouse, 1980
- The Winter's Tale, BAM Theatre
- Jungle of Cities (Bertolt Brecht) BAM Theatre Company,
- The Custom of the Country (Nicholas Wright) RSC Barbican The Pit, 1983
- Old Times
starring Liv Ullman, Yvonne
Arnaud Theatre and Theatre Royal
- Principia Scriptoriae (Richard Nelson) The Pit, 1986
- Barbarians (Maxim Gorky) Aldwych, 1990
- Misha's Party (Richard Nelson and Alexander
Gelman) The Pit, 1993
- No Man's Land (Harold Pinter)
New York, 1994
Hothouse (Harold Pinter) Minerva Theatre, Chichester
- Taking Sides (Ronald Harwood)
New York, 1996. 
Caretaker (Harold Pinter) New York, 2003.
- Triptych (Edna O'Brien) Irish Repertory Theatre, New
- On the Razzle (Tom Stoppard), Williamstown Theatre
- Sweet Bird of Youth (Tennessee
Williams), Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2006.
- The Last Confession (Roger
Crane) Minerva Theatre,
Chichester, May 2007, Theatre Royal
Haymarket, July 2007.
- The Autumn Garden (Lillian Hellman), Williamstown Theatre
Festival, August 2007.
Produced and presented the BBC arts magazine Monitor
(1958-1964) and Review (1971-1972). Also produced Kean (Jean-Paul
Sartre, 1954) for BBC television (starring Anthony Hopkins
and directed by James Cellan Jones) (1978).
Directed the following productions:
Also various episodes of:
Sally. The Royal Shakespeare Company: A History of Ten
Decades. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.
ISBN 0192122096 (10). ISBN 9780192122094 (13).
- Billington, Michael. "Obituary: David Jones:
Theatre, Television and Film Director Famed for His Interpretations
of Gorky and Pinter". Guardian.co.uk. Guardian
Media Group, 23 September 2008. Web. Accessed 9 February 2009.
- Katz, Ephraim. The Macmillan International Film
Encyclopedia. 2nd ed. London: Macmillan, 1994. ISBN 0333616014
(10). ISBN 9780333616014 (13).
- Who's Who in the Theatre. 17th ed. New York: Gale, 1981. ISBN 0810302157.
- Halliwell's Television Companion. 3rd ed. London: Grafton, 1986. ISBN
- Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies. Ed. John Walker.
4th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. ISBN
Record and Theatre Record annual indexes.