Date of Birth : Aug 25th 1957
McBurney is a founder and artistic director of the UK-based theatre company Complicite, which performs throughout the world. Productions by Complicite which McBurney has directed include Street of Crocodiles (1992), The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (1994), Mnemonic (1999) and The Elephant Vanishes (2003). A Disappearing Number, a devised piece conceived and directed by McBurney, taking as its inspiration the story of the collaboration between two of the 20th century’s most remarkable pure mathematicians, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a poor Brahmin from South India and Cambridge don GH Hardy”played at the Barbican in Autumn 2007 and toured internationally. In February 2008 he directed the Complicite production Shun-kin based on two texts by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki. It will be revived in London and Tokyo in 2009.
As a freelance director his credits include: The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui and All My Sons (both in New York) and live comedy shows including Lenny Henry’s So Much Things To Say and French and Saunders Live in 2000.
McBurney is also an established screen actor: he played the recurring role of Cecil the Choirmaster in The Vicar of Dibley, CIA computer whiz Garland in Body of Lies, Dr. Atticus Noyle in The Manchurian Candidate, Stone in The Last King of Scotland, metrosexual husband Aaron in Friends with Money, Fra Pavel in The Golden Compass, and Charles James Fox in The Duchess. He also wrote the story and was an executive producer for Mr Bean’s Holiday.