The Red Baron

Our artistic director, Robert Gillespie, can be seen playing the sinister Father Matthew in Jimmy McGovern’s new series Broken, which is currently running on BBC One. See our summary of Broken.

Robert was also recently seen starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the American actor’s pioneering Lost in London – the first all-live film. Robert played the part of the mystical cabbie, and his character has a great write-up in the Guardian’s four-star review. Robert has blogged about his time making the film.

As for The Red Baron, Robert’s most recent play? He’s circling the skies. If he lands near you, don’t miss the chance to hear his amazing story.

Heartfelt thanks to the RAF Museum at Hendon for letting us kick off our play at their historic centre of British aviation.

The set is atmospheric and enchanting, the audio-visual effects striking, the performances are stunning and audiences loved it.

Check here for news of future performances.


Jane Nightwork Productions, under the artistic leadership of Robert Gillespie, presents new works and rarely played lesser-known works with exceptional production values, based around the core themes of relationships between men and women.



“Village Wooing turns on a threepenny bit in one hour and three acts. It is one of Shaw’s most simply charming plays: an anti-romantic romance. On a luxury cruise ship… a grumpy writer with a big beard is assailed by a garrulous young woman. …It has some of Shaw’s most nimble phrases – who is the greater man of letters, an author or a postman – and his most surprising shifts of feeling? You might think that the writer was based on Shaw himself: why else should such a grump be presented as irresistible?”

– Susannah Clapp, The Guardian

“I hope Gillespie’s success will lead to more revivals of Shaw’s one-act plays.”

– Robert Tanich, British Theatre Guide

“The lovely thing about this play by Jeremy Kingston (a long-serving Times theatre critic) is that although this sounds like poppycock, at different times three really did stay at the Burgh hotel. Even better, it was indeed Mountbatten who suggested to Christie the plot for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, in which the narrator is the killer. We should be grateful that this nugget fell into such skilled hands, and the play should be better known. … This elegant production under Robert Gillespie should launch the play into new life. …short, jolly and rudeish.”

– Libby Purves – the Times (Making Dickie Happy)

Past Productions
  • Shaw's Women
    Oedipus Retold
    Making Dickie Happy