5 minutes with……Ross Gumbley

Ross Gumbley, Artistic Director of The Court Theatre



Play you’ve directed: The latest one – Much Ado About Nothing!

Tool of the trade: The Actor and the Target by Declan Donnelan

Material possession: DVD collection

Piece of advice: Never start a land war in Asia

Song to groove to: Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman

New trend in food: Packing my own lunch

Adrenaline rush: The cast of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Mood-lifting accessory: William Gumbley, aged 7 months

Virtue: Loyalty

Vice: Full cream milk

Can’t live without: The opportunity to create


Ross is the artistic director at The Court Theatre and currently directing Much Ado About Nothing. In 1985 Ross became a trainee actor at The Court Theatre. Now, 20 years later he has appeared in over 100 productions including Angels In America, Boys At The Beach, Macbeth, The Big O.E., and, more recently, Stones In His Pockets, Great Expectations, Ladies Night, King Lear, The Rocky Horror Show, and Lady Windermere’s Fan at The Court. Residing through the late nineties in Palmerston North, Ross has appeared in an anthology of Shakespearean plays at Centrepoint Theatre in the roles of Mercutio, Petruchio, Hamlet, Oberon and Jacques and anchored his own radio show Gumbley’s Better Breakfast for Classic Hits. Ross has directed numerous plays including Spreading Out, By Degrees, Dead Funny, Dancing At Lughnasa and The Court Jesters in Suspect, I Spy, I Scream, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word Of God (abridged).  In collaboration with Alison Quigan, Ross has written Boys At The Beach, Shop Till You Drop and The Big O.E.

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