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It Is Easy To Be Dead – “Max Key’s beautifully orchestrated production.” Michael Billington, The Guardian, 5 Stars*****


Max was nominated for an Olivier Award and Off West End Theatre Award for ‘It Is Easy To Be Dead’ at the Trafalgar Studios.


Max trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course and works in theatre, film and opera.

Directing credits include: The Glass Piano (Print Room/Coronet Theatre),  It Is Easy To Be Dead (Trafalgar Studios/Finborough Theatre – 5***** The Guardian, Michael Billington), Year 10 (Finborough Theatre – Time Out Critics’ Choice Award), Up the Royal Borough by Sarah Solemani (Lyric Hammersmith), Mariana Pineda (Arcola Theatre), Wilde Tales (Southwark Playhouse), The Turn of the Screw & The Rape of Lucretia (Arcola Theatre).

Max has taught and directed over 50 productions at leading drama schools including Guildhall, LAMDA, Drama Centre and Mountview. Directing credits include: Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Way of the World, Summerfolk, The Seagull,  Clybourne Park, August Osage County, Scenes from the Big Picture, Jerusalem and The Knowledge.

Assistant Directing credits include: Peter Gill – The Voysey Inheritance (National Theatre), Tim Albery -The Flying Dutchman (Royal Opera House), Tony Harrison- Fram (National Theatre), Sean Holmes – Treasure Island (Royal Haymarket) and Franscesca Zambello- La Bohème (Royal Albert Hall.

Max was an Associate Director on ‘As Good A Time As Any’ by Peter Gill at the Print Room in Notting Hill.

Max’s short film – Preservation, starring Saskia Reeves, was presented at Palm Springs International Film Festival & BAFTA.

Nominated Best Director in 2017 and 2020,  Offies.