Simon Pollard

Throwback (2016)

Silver Lining with Jackson’s Lane, National Centre for Circus Arts & Underbelly Productions


Simon is currently co-directing Throwback with Paulette Randall. The show premieres at Underbelly’s Circus Hub at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Billy Elliot the Musical (2013-2016)

Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall, Music by Elton John
Directed by Stephen Daldry

Billy Elliot

Simon was the Resident Director of the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre from April 2013 until the show closed in April 2016. During this time he worked on the record-breaking live broadcast of the show, which was broadcast to over 500 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, topping the box office charts the week it was released. He is the Associate Director for the current UK & Ireland Tour, working alongside Stephen Daldry’s Associate Julian Webber.


Murder, Margaret and Me (2013)

By Philip Meeks
Directed by Stella Duffy

The Chaosbaby Project (2013)

Collectively made in Open Space


In 2013, before starting work on Billy Elliot, Simon assisted Stella Duffy on the UK Tour and subsequent West End production of Philip Meeks’s Murder, Margaret and Me (previously titled Murder, Marple and Me) starring Janet Prince as Margaret Rutherford. He was also part of The Chaosbaby Project, which was devised and rehearsed by a collective of artists using Open Space.


Beyond Beauty (2012)

By Ron Hutchinson
Produced by Joel Samuels for Rebel Theatre in association with The Last Refuge

Beyond Beauty

**** "A fantastic exploration of playfulness and creativity" - Fourthwall

As part of The Last Refuge’s takeover of a warehouse space in Peckham, Simon worked with Emmy Award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson on this anarchic alternative Christmas show, which asked what happened after Sleeping Beauty woke up...


Health Wealth (2012)

By Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Old Vic New Voices Schools Tour

Having worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices, Simon directed this new play tackling the issue of teenage obesity, which toured to 46 schools across London.


Lord of the Flies (2011)

By William Golding, adapted by Nigel Williams
UK Tour produced by Sell A Door

Lord of the Flies

***** "Compelling, dynamic production" - Remotegoat

**** "Extremely compelling" - The Reviews Hub

"Solid central performances and clear direction" - The Stage

Simon’s production of William Golding’s classic novel toured the UK in 2011 to great acclaim, leading the company to revive the production the following year.


Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (2008)

By Bill Russell and Janet Hood
Rebel Theatre in association with Soho Revue Bar and Terence Higgins Trust


Simon directed an all-star cast including Anna Chancellor, Les Dennis, Stephen K Amos, David Bedella and La Gateau Chocolat in a West End gala performance to mark World AIDS Day, in aid of Terence Higgins Trust.


The Twits (2007)

By Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood
Playbox Theatre at The Dream Factory, Warwick

Simon directed this fun family show with a cast of 40 young people aged between 5 and 20 years old.