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Mark Wing-Davey - Zaphod Beeblebrox
Mark Wing-Davey
The son of actor Peter Davey and actress Anna Wing (Lou Beale in EastEnders) Mark Wing-Davey is a director, actor and teacher. From 1988-1990, he was the first appointed artistic director of the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where he originated the project about the Romanian Revolution that became Caryl Churchill's internationally award-winning play Mad Forest, which played in Bucharest; the Royal Court, London; and brought him to prominence in the US with his highly-acclaimed, award-winning 1992 production at the New York Theatre Workshop. It was nominated for many major awards, and Mark won the 1992 Village Voice OBIE Award for Outstanding Director. He also developed Anna Deveare Smith's solo techniques with recorded interviews into ensemble work that was to bear fruit in shows like the award-winning Come Out Eli.

His most recent work, on Craig Lucas's Small Tragedy for Playwright's Horizons in New York, won the Village Voice OBIEs for Best Ensemble of 2003/2004 and Best Play. He directed King Lear at Playmaker's Rep in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Henry V, with Liev Schreiber, at the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Other international credits include Owners by Caryl Churchill; The Lights by Howard Korder, which received seven Drama Desk nominations including Best Director; Angels in America by Tony Kushner, winner of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award as Best Director; Oleanna by David Mamet; The Castle by Howard Barker; The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt; Mongrel's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov; Star-Gazey Pie and Sauerkraut by James Stock; Silence, Cunning, Exile by Stuart Greenman; The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar, for which he received a Bay Area Critics Circle nomination for Best Director; Troilus and Cressida; the world premiere of Greensboro by Emily Mann; and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In 1997, he directed Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill for the Royal National Theatre, London.

In 1996, Mark directed the US premiere of Caryl Churchill's The Skriker at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, which was nominated for six 1997 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Director. In 1998, he directed a four-week workshop of House Arrest, by Anna Deavere Smith.

In 2000 he directed West Side Story in Spier, South Africa with the original cast of The Mysteries and participated in the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, where he directed the developmental workshop of 36 Views by Naomi Iizuka, and subsequently directed productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, for which he won the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award as Best Director. He directed the UK premiere of Passions by Sarah Ruhl; Sex1:Death2 and We Haven't Said a Porky Pie Yet with Non-Fiction Theatre Company, at the Edinburgh Festival.

Mark played the eccentric yet sexy Zaphod Beeblebrox in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (BBC radio and television); and made a somewhat marginal appearance on Absolutely Fabulous as Edina's accountant; he appeared with Steve Buscemi in the film The Grey Zone, made by Tim Blake Nelson, one of the original NYC Mad Forest alumni.

He directed the UK premiere of Bat Boy the Musical for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which opens at the Shaftesbury theatre, London, September 2004. Future projects include Dirty Dancing, which opens at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, November 2004; The Provok'd Wife for American Repertory Theater in Cambridge Massachusetts, December 2004, and a Broadway play in early 2005.

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