After studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, Eliot trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. Over the past 25 years he has worked solidly as an actor in Theatre, Film, T.V. and Opera while also creating his own work, devising and developing projects as a Theatre-maker and working as a freelance Theatre Director. As Artistic Director of Dragonboy Productions, he brings this experience together to focus on creating and developing new work for the theatre.
Eliot directed and performed in the company's last show, In and Out of Chekhov’s Shorts, which he adapted from some of the best of Anton Chekhov’s short stories. In 2019, the show toured to 27 theatres across the country playing to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Prior to this Eliot played the role of Prospero in The Tempest - a show that he adapted and created with the Spanish company, Le Tendre Amour. The show opened the International Festival of Theatre in Malaga and subsequently played in France at the Théâtre de L'Oulle, Avignon and the Palace of Versailles as part of Festival Mois Moliere. It was performed at the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg as part of the British Council's Shakespeare Lives programme and at the International festival of theatre in Alaca, Madrid, the Teatro Real Coliseium Carlos III in El Escorial, the Auditori l´Atlàntida in Vic and at the Auditori Sant Cugat in Barcelona. The production was subsequently nominated for the Gran Premio de España de Artes Escénicas.
Other acting credits include the Priest in Melly Still’s production of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, penned for the stage by Rona Munro (Harold Pinter Theatre, West End and tour), playing the title role in The Beekeeper (Blackeyed Theatre/Waterloo East) for which he received an OFFIE Best Actor nomination in the Off West End awards, Alice in Wonderland (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Alarms and Excursions (Chipping Norton), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool Playhouse Nottingham Playhouse), Il Turco In Italia (Royal Opera House); Measure for Measure (Thelma Holt Productions); A Small Family Business (Watford Palace Theatre); Don’t Look Now (Lyric Hammersmith); The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare's Globe); Twelfth Night (Royal Exchange Manchester); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Horse & Carriage (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Black Dahlia, Buried Alive, The Cherry Orchard, Demons and Dybbuks (Method & Madness); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Nuffield Theatre Southampton); The Government Inspector (Salisbury Playhouse); Man for Hire (Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough); The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe (Library Theatre Manchester); Oxygen (Tricycle Theatre).
T.V. work : Mind Games (ITV) and Egypt (S4C). Film work : Nine (Lucamar/ Weinstein); Night Swimming (Tri-Star); DIY Hard (British Film Foundation); Cake (Subrosa Films)
Eliot is also an Associate Artist of Blackeyed Theatre and directed their productions of Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Dracula and Not About Heroes, all of which toured nationally. For Armonico Consort he directed Baroque Around the Block and Monteverdi's Flying Circus as well as a production of West Side Story that played at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Other directing credits include The Imperfect Pearl for Latimer Productions about the life of the Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli, the world premier of Knackerman by Rosanna Negrotti (White Bear Theatre) and Stephen Sharkey’s minaturist piece Retrospective (Arcola Theatre).
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