HARMSTON (Director)

Joe is a theatre director and producer with thirty years’ experience, leading companies of actors and organisations to create the highest quality of productions, and exercising his craft in a variety of arenas to ignite conversations.

Joe has been directing in the West End, across the UK in Reps and on tour as well as in Europe, the USA and Far East since the 1990s. He has developed close creative collaborations with writers, designers and composers, which have produced critically acclaimed work. He is valued by actors for his practical, honest and inspiring rehearsal room approach. His productions are meticulous and emotionally engaged and he is most at home with writing that shines a harsh light on the challenges inherent in human interaction.


(Photo by Polly Meynell)


The Rubenstein Kiss (2019) Southwark Playhouse
Octopus Soup! (2019) Belgrade Coventry and Tour
The Liberty Truck (2018) Middle Temple Hall
Hard Times (2017) Welsh Tour for Lighthouse Theatre
Miss Nightingale (2017) The Vaults Theatre
The Trial of Jane Fonda (2016) The Park Theatre
Dracula (2016) Bangkok and Singapore
Murder In The Cathedral (2015) Temple Church
And Then There Were None (2015) 10th Year National Tour
Black Coffee (2014) National Tour
The Mummy (2014) Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Go Back For Murder (2013) National Tour
The Prodigals: A Man Had Two Sons (2013) Belgrade Theatre Coventry
The Dead Wait (2013) The Park Theatre
The Handyman (2012) Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Murder On The Nile (2012) Belgrade Theatre Coventry
The Father (2012) The Belgrade Coventry
The Prodigals: A Man Had Two Sons (2011) The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival
Star Quality (2011) National Tour
Alarms & Excursions National Tour
Verdict (2011) National Tour
If I Were You (2010) National Tour
Quartet (2010) National Tour
Witness For The Prosecution (2010) National Tour
Murder On Air (2009) Radio
The Grass Is Greener (2009) National Tour
Tons Of Money (2009) National Tour
Spider's Web (2009) National Tour
Magic Tree House: The Musical (2009) USA Tour
And Then There Were None (2008) National Tour
The Unexpected Guest (2007) National Tour
Hay Fever (2007) Peter Hall Productions
The Hollow (2006) National Tour
Private Lives (2006) Theatre Royal Windsor
Wait Until Dark (2005) National Tour
The Things We Do For Love (2005) National Tour
Joe & I (2005) The King's Head
Henry V (2004) National Tour
Much Ado About Nothing (2003) New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
Wait Until Dark (2003) Garrick Theatre
The Blue Room (2003) National Tour
Comus (2002) Milton Simposium, South Carolina USA
The Last Orbit (2002) The New End Theatre
Relative Values (2002) National Tour
Macbeth (2001) Castle Grounds Arundel Festival, Ross on Wye Festival and Connecticut USA
Boorskale (2001) Palace Theatre Westcliff
The Guests And Goodbye Kiss (2000) Orange Tree Theatre
Henry V (2000) Castle Grounds Arundel Festival
A String Of Pearls (2000) Chichester Festival Theatre
The Kingfisher (1999) National Tour
Play (1998) The Riverside Studios
Blue Window (1998) The Old Red Lion
The Collections & The Lover (1998) Donmar Warehouse
The Birthday Party (1999) Piccadilly Theatre
Vortigern (1997) The Bridewell Theatre
A Simple Heart (1997) Arundel Festival
A Talent To Amuse (1996) Vaudeville Theatre
Beethoven's Tenth (1996) Chichester Festival Theatre
Bright Star - A Life Of John (1995/6) Arundel Festival and Tour
The Craft Of Comedy (1994) Chichester Festival Theatre
Our Song (1993) Athens
King James' Ear (1993) The Old Red Lion

Associate Director

Cyrano De Bergerac (2009) Chichester Festival Theatre Directed by Sir Trevor Nunn
Hay Fever (2006) Theatre Royal Haymarket Directed by Sir Peter Hall
You Never Can Tell (2005) Garrick Theatre and National Tour Directed by Sir Peter Hall
The Home Place (2005) The Comedy Theatre Directed by Adrian Noble
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (2005) The Comedy Theatre Directed by Sir Peter Hall
Twelve Angry Men (1996) Bristol Old Vic/The Comedy Theatre Directed by Harold Pinter
Communicating Doors (1995/6) Gielgud Theatre Directed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn
Taking Sides (1995/6) Chichester Festival Theatre/The Criterion Theatre Directed by Harold Pinter
Hobson's Choice (1995) Main House, National Tour, Lyric Theatre Directed by Frank Hauser
The Hothouse (1995/6) Chichester Festival Theatre/The Comedy Theatre Directed by David Jones