The Guardian, 5 Stars***** , Michael Billington

“Max Key’s beautifully orchestrated production.”



Max went to Thomas Tallis State School in Kidbrooke South-East London before going to Brighton University to study Theatre and Art. He then studied Theatre Directing at the Drama Studio London and further trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course in 2007 with Lyndsey Turner, Nadia Fall, Christopher Haydon among others…

Max has been nominated for an Olivier Award and Off-West End Award for ‘It Is Easy To Be Dead’ at the Trafalgar Studios, which received a 5***** review from Michael Billington in the Guardian. And an Off-West End Award for Best Direction for The Glass Piano at the Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill.

Recent theatre directing credits include:

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare (RADA), The Glass Piano by Alix Sobler, (The Print Room/Coronet Theatre),  It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson,(Trafalgar Studios/Finborough Theatre – 5***** The Guardian, Michael Billington), Associate Director to Peter Gill ‘As Good A Time As Any’ (Print Room/Coronet Theatre). Year 10 by Simon Vinnicombe (Finborough Theatre), Up the Royal Borough by Sarah Solemani (Lyric Hammersmith), Mariana Pineda by Frederico Garcia Lorca (Arcola Theatre), Wilde Tales by Oscar Wilde (Southwark Playhouse), The Turn of the Screw & The Rape of Lucretia by Benjamin Britten (Arcola Theatre). Max’s short film – Preservation, starring Saskia Reeves, was presented at Palm Springs International Film Festival & BAFTA.

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 has taught and directed over 80 productions at leading drama schools including: RADA, Guildhall, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Drama Centre and Mountview. Directing credits include: The Winter’s Tale, 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.

Max has taught MA Theatre Directing at Mountview under the leadership of Peter James with Ned Bennett and Rebecca Frecknall for the past 8 years.

Nominated Best Director in 2017 and 2020,  Offies