Edward Gordon Craig

International theatre director, designer, writer, thinker and artist

Welcome. This is an expanding resource on the life and work of Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) made with support from The Heritage Lottery Fund and in conjunction with The Edward Gordon Craig Estate.

Edward Gordon Craig, born in Stevenage in 1872, was one of the most radical and influential forces on the stages of the world. His productions across Europe, inspirational designs and prolific writings defined him as a leading moderniser of 20th century theatre. Craig's visions have invigorated generations of theatre-makers and continue to resonate and inspire today.

Son of actress Ellen Terry, the 'uncrowned queen of England', Edward Gordon Craig grew up on the London stage alongside Henry Irving at the heart of the 19th century's theatrical elite.

But Craig was harbouring a revolutionary reaction to conventional theatre-making; the visionary was already hard at work...

A new theatre for a new century was to be born.