Stage Director

Suba Das

Selected credits

  • SukanyaThe Royal Opera/London Philharmonic/Curve
  • Cat In The HatLeicester Curve/Rose Kingston
  • Pink Sari RevolutionCurve/Belgrade/West Yorkshire Playhouse/ETT
  • East is EastNorthern Stage/Nottingham Playhouse
  • Othello/The Winter's Tale/The Revenger's TragedyCustom/Practice/site-specific


Suba is Artistic Director of Hightide Festival. He is also an award-winning theatre director, producer and dramaturg.

2020 saw the revival of his production of Sukanya, the only opera by the legendary Ravi Shankar, which premiered to critical acclaim. Other recent productions include Cat In The Hat for Leicester Curve at Rose Theatre Kingston, and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Octagon Bolton. He has also directed for The Gate, Notting Hill, Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse, the Young Vic, Underbelly Edinburgh and the Roundhouse.

Born in Newcastle, he read English at Cambridge University and trained on the prestigious Birkbeck MFA in Theatre Directing. On graduating he won the Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Award and became Director in Residence at the National Theatre Studio.

Featured work


The Royal Opera/London Philharmonic/Curve
Conductor: David Murphy
Lighting: Matt Haskins
Choreographer: Gauri Diwakar

WhatsOnStage Opera Poll nominations:
Best New Production
Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera (Suba Das)

‘Expertly staged by the uber-talented Suba Das.’  WhatsOnStage

East Is East

Northern Stage, Nottingham Playhouse
Written by Ayub Khan Din
Design: Grace Smart
Lighting: Prema Mehta
Sound: Chris Bartholomew
Movement: Lucy Cullingford

Revived with meticulous care in this hugely enjoyable and moving new co-production…Director Suba Das does a masterly job of bringing to life this tale of identity confusion.’
The Stage


Leicester Curve, Belgrade Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre
Written by Ishy Din
Design: Isla Shaw
Lighting: Prema Mehta
Sound: Jon Nicholls

Ishy Din’s quiet, elegiac play is based around one who survived…….the play maintains a firm, queasy grip on your nerves’
★★★★ The Telegraph

Pink Sari Revolution

Based on the book by Amana Fontanella-Khan
Adapted by Purva Naresh
Design: Isla Shaw
Movement: Aakash Odedra
Lighting: Tim Lutkin
Photo by Pamela Raith

A unique collaboration of Indian, British Asian and international artists led by Curve Associate Director Suba Das with award-winning choreographer Aakash Odedra, Pink Sari Revolution fuses together drama, music and movement to retell the powerful and moving story of one girl’s imprisonment, and one woman’s fight for her freedom.

‘Hard-hitting, powerfully authentic drama’
★★★★ The Stage

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