Terence David "Terry" Hands (born 9 January 1941) is an English theatre director. He ran the Royal Shakespeare Company for two decades during one of the company's most successful periods.

Early years

Hands was born at Aldershot, Hampshire, England. He studied at Woking Grammar School, University of Birmingham and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1964 he established the Liverpool Everyman.


Hands joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966 to run the Company's touring group, Theatregoround. He become joint Artistic Director with Trevor Nunn in 1978, and in 1986 chief executive.

In 1997, Hands became been director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru which presents much of its work on tour in Wales and the rest of the UK. He was appointed CBE in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to drama. In October 2001 he resigned from his position as an advisory director of the RSC.

Personal life

Hands was married to soprano Dame Josephine Barstow (1964–1967) and actress Ludmila Mikaël with whom he had a daughter, actress Marina Hands. He had two sons, Sebastian and Rupert Hands (the latter has performed in two Clwyd Theatr Cymru productions) with actress and dancer Julia Lintott. His current wife is the director Emma Lucia.


Terry Hands Poems

Terry Hands Quotes

We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes, but the whole of history proves otherwise.
Terry Hands (b. 1941), British theater and opera director. Times (London, Aug. 11, 1992).

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