Clive Paget is a theatre consultant, director and dramaturge. Since 2003, he has been Music Theatre Consultant to the National Theatre where he is responsible to Nicholas Hytner for the development of new musical theatre work, most recently working as staff director on Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change (Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical, 2006). From 2003 to 2006 he was the Artistic Advisor to the English Theatre Frankfurt where he directed acclaimed productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and Closer in their new theatre. In 2004 Clive was a judge on Channel 4’s Musicality and in 2005 he directed The Next Big Thing at the New Players Theatre, nominated for Best New Musical by What’s On Stage. His most recent productions include Grant Olding’s Three Sides which played the New York Music Theater Festival in 2006 and a Celebration of W H Auden for the Southbank Centre in 2007.
Artistic Director of London’s Bridewell Theatre from 2000 to 2003, Clive was an original co-founder of the venue and was involved in all aspects of programming, funding and planning for one of the UK’s most imaginative and highly regarded small theatres, while also directing many of its most successful productions.
Clive directed the UK premieres of Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Observer Top Ten Theatre Productions for 1999), Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again and Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. He co-directed the World premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s first musical, Saturday Night and directed the world premiere of Stephen Clark and Andrew Peggie’s Eyam.
He devised and directed The Cutting Edge, which brought together the talents of Jason Robert Brown, Adam Guettel and Michael John LaChiusa and played at the Donmar Warehouse and the Cardiff International Festival. In 2002, Clive devised and directed There’s Always a Woman and The Road You Didn’t Take, two shows exploring Sondheim’s writing for women and men respectively. He also directed Greg Lyon’s Correspondent at the Edinburgh Festival (Assembly Rooms).
Other directing credits for the Bridewell include: the premiere of Higher Than Babel (Andrew Caldecott), Marry Me A Little (Sondheim), All in the Timing (Ives), An Englishman Abroad (Bennett), The Blue Hour (Mamet), Trouble In Tahiti (Bernstein), Green Forms (Bennett), Noon (McNally), A Visit From Miss Prothero (Bennett) and A Grand Wee Game (Greg Lyons).
Other directing credits include: No Stone Unturned and Mort for Youth Music Theatre: UK, Possessed (Greenwich Musical Futures), The Night Before Christmas (Anthony Neilson) for Cassandra Theatre Company, the European premiere of A Childhood Miracle (Rorem), the London premiere of Closer Than Ever (Maltby & Shire), La Belle Helene (Offenbach), The Beggar’s Opera (Britten), Paul Bunyan (Auden & Britten), Acis and Galatea (Handel), The Wandering Scholar (Holst).