Martin Duncan spent the first 20 years of his career as an actor in stage, film and television - he also composed musical scores for over 50 theater productions. He has directed theater productions all over the United Kingdom as well as in Berlin, Johannesburg and Stockholm. In 1990, Opera North invited him to direct his first opera production, and he has since directed productions for Scottish Opera, The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, D'Oyly Carte Opera Co. as well as for opera houses in Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Toronto and Antwerp. From 1994 to 1999, Martin was Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, where he directed works by Gogol, Brecht, Goldoni, Molière, Beckett and Botho Strauss, and from 2003 until 2005, he was Joint Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival. His productions toured to festivals in Bucharest, Rome, Marseilles, Weimar, Galway and Tokyo and won many awards.