Actor, writer, director and co-founder of Complicité, Simon McBurney has created and acted in more than 30 productions and the company has won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide.
Recent directing works for Complicité include: »The Encounter« (2015), »The Master and Margarita« (2012), »The Magic Flute« by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (English National Opera, 2012), »A Dog´s Heart« an original opera produced by De Nederlandse Opera and English National Opera in collaboration with Complicité (2010), »Shun-kin« (2008), »A Disappearing Number« (2007), »A Minute Too Late« (2005), »Measure for Measure« by William Shakespeare (2004), »The Elephant Vanishes« based on the short stories by Haruki Murakami (2003), »Pet Shop Boys Meet Eisenstein« and »Strange Poetry« with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2004).
Other directing credits include »All My Sons« by Arthur Miller (on Broadway with John Lithgow, Diane Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes, 2008) »The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui« by Bertolt Brecht (with Al Pacino in New York, 2002).
In 2012 he was the first British Artist Associé of the Avignon Festival in 2012 and his adaptation of Bulgakov's »The Master and Margarita« was the festival's centrepiece. In 2009 »Shun-kin« earned him the Yomiuri Theatre Award Grand Prize for Best Director (the first non-Japanese artist to receive the award) and he was the recipient of the 2008 Berlin Academy of Arts Konrad Wolf Prize for Europe’s Outstanding Multi-disciplinary Artists.
As an actor he has appeared in many feature ﬁlms including »Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation« (Direction: Christopher McQuarrie, 2015), »The Theory of Everything« (Direction: James Marsh, 2014), »Magic in the Moonlight« (Direction: Woody Allen, 2014), »Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy« (Direction: Tomas Alfredson, 2011), »Jane Eyre« (Direction: Cary Fukunaga, 2011), »The Duchess« (Direction: Saul Dibb, 2008) and »The Last King of Scotland« (Direction: Kevin Macdonald, 2006).
Amazon Beaming: Work in Progress inspired by the book »Amazon Beaming« by Petru Popescu, Performance and Direction: Simon McBurney (F.I.N.D. 2015)
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig (2015)
Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist, Direction: Simon McBurney (2020)