Conrad Nelson


Conrad Nelson

Conrad is resident director and composer for Northern Broadsides and the Artistic Director of Claybody Theatre.

His acting career spans over 20 years and boasts a vast body of work in repertory and touring theatre and in radio, television and film. He has also built a reputation as a dramatic composer and has written music for over 30 plays, television and radio.

For Northern Broadsides, acting work includes: Othello, The Tempest, Wars of the Roses trilogy, Sweet William, The Comedy of Errors, Antigone, King John, The Merry Wives, Much Ado About Nothing, The Mysteries 2000, King Lear, The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Samson Agonistes, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Kaisers of Carnuntum and Poetry or Bust, and title roles in Oedipus, Henry V and Richard III.

Other theatre includes: The Royal National Theatre, The New Vic, Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Lyric Hammersmith, Young Vic, Leicester Haymarket and touring with companies such as Cheek by Jowl and Renaissance.

Television includes: The Street, Apparitions, Coronation Street, Without Motive, Waterloo Road, and Only Fools and Horses.

Radio includes: A Kind of Loving, Sense and Sensibility, Yerma, The Age of Innocence, Silas Marner, Reeds in the Wind, Gargantua and Pantagruel and Love me Tender.

Films include: Dancin’ Thru the Dark and Much Ado About Nothing.

Conrad’s directorial debut as associate director for Broadsides was Deborah McAndrew’s acclaimed new adaptation of the famous gothic The Bells (2004), followed by Vacuum; Blake Morrison’s Lisa’s Sex Strike ; Accidental Death of an Anarchist; The Canterbury Tales adapted by Mike Poulton; George Orwell’s 1984, adapted by Nick Lane; Hamlet; A Government Inspector; The Grand Gesture; She Stoops to Conquer and The Winter’sTale.

Other directing work includes: Oleanna for the New Vic Theatre; A Christmas Carol  for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Vacuum for Esk Valley Theatre; Strange Voyagers for Victoria Hall ; Broken Time  for Three Stones Media; Ballroom Blitz for Hull Truck;  Ugly Duck and Diggin’ In  for Claybody Theatre.

Conrad is currently working on a new version of Cyrano de Bergerac for Spring 2017