Director, Composer, Sound Designer
Robin Weatherall was born in London, England, educated at Westminster Abbey Choir School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (MA in composition) University of Oxford
(MA in medieval history, MA in Shakespeare studies) and Goldsmith’s College, University of London( D. Mus (PhD) in Musicology) He was a member Westminster Abbey Choir, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and National Youth Brass Band.
As member of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company for nearly twenty years he worked on 189 productions as musician, actor and composer He worked closely with Peter Brook on numerous RSC productions including Marat/Sade, King Lear, US-Tell Me Lies About Vietnam, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Balcony, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with which he toured extensively throughout the world). Outside of the RSC he worked with Peter Brook on Orghast and The Tempest at Brook’s experimental company CIRT in Paris and Oedipus at the Royal National Theatre. During his years with the RSC he also worked with directors Sir Peter Hall, Clifford Williams, John Barton, Terry Hands, Trevor Nunn, Adrian Noble, Ron Eyre, Mike Bogdanov, David Jones, Barry Kyle, Buzz Goodbody, Ian Judge and Mike Leigh.
During this period he also performed and orchestrated numerous movie soundtracks including Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, Lawrence of Arabia, Thunderball, A Man For All Seasons, Oh What A Lovely War, Goodbye Mr Chips, Dr, Zhivago and Anne of a Thousand Days: appeared in many TV productions including Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Elizabeth R, I Claudius, Poldark and The Forsythe Saga.: performed with numerous popular artists including The Beatles, Joe Cocker, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, and Tony Bennett.
Robin emigrated to the USA in 1980 and directs, composes and designs sound for productions both in the USA and Europe specializing in the plays of William Shakespeare. Robin was Composer in Residence and Greenshow Curator for the Shakespeare Festival St Louis for its first 10 years. With multiple nominations for Kevin Kline Awards his scores for the Festival’s productions of The Tempest and Hamlet won Kevin Kline Awards and his design for the New Jewish production Way To Heaven won the 2013 Critics Award. His production of The Merchant of Venice was nominated for Outstanding Production of a Play in 2006. Robin is Associate Director for Music and Sound at St Louis Actor’s Studio and works regularly in the USA as director, composer and sound designer for New Jewish Theatre, Hotcity Theatre, Straydog St Louis Black Rep, Insight Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and St Louis Shakespeare.