Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play

Tony Award for
Best Direction of a Play
Awarded for Best Direction of a Play
Location New York City
Country United States of America
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Marianne Elliott for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015)
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The Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play has been given since 1960. Before 1960 there was only one award for both play direction and musical direction, then in 1960 the award was split into two categories: Dramatic and Musical. In 1976 the Dramatic category was renamed to Play. For pre-1960 direction awards please reference Tony Award for Best Director.

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner


Year Director Production
14th Tony Awards
Arthur Penn The Miracle Worker
Joseph Anthony The Best Man
Tyrone Guthrie The Tenth Man
Elia Kazan Sweet Bird of Youth
Lloyd Richards A Raisin in the Sun
15th Tony Awards
John Gielgud Big Fish, Little Fish
Joseph Anthony Rhinoceros
Joan Littlewood The Hostage
Arthur Penn All the Way Home
16th Tony Awards
Noel Willman A Man for All Seasons
Tyrone Guthrie Gideon
Donald McWhinnie The Caretaker
José Quintero Great Day in the Morning
17th Tony Awards
Alan Schneider Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
George Abbott Never Too Late
John Gielgud The School for Scandal
Peter Glenville Tchin-Tchin
18th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols Barefoot in the Park
June Havoc Marathon '33
Alan Schneider The Ballad of the Sad Café
Herman Shumlin The Deputy
19th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols Luv
The Odd Couple
William Ball Tartuffe
Ulu Grosbard The Subject Was Roses
Alan Schneider Tiny Alice
20th Tony Awards
Peter Brook Marat/Sade
Hilton Edwards Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Ellis Rabb You Can't Take It with You
Noel Willman The Lion in Winter
21st Tony Awards
Peter Hall The Homecoming
John Dexter Black Comedy
Donald Driver Marat/Sade
Alan Schneider A Delicate Balance
22nd Tony Awards
Mike Nichols Plaza Suite
Michael Blakemore A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Derek Goldby Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Alan Schneider You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running
23rd Tony Awards
Peter Dews Hadrian VII
Joseph Hardy Play It Again, Sam
Harold Pinter The Man in the Glass Booth
Michael A. Schultz Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?


Year Director Production
24th Tony Awards
Joseph Hardy Child's Play
Milton Katselas Butterflies Are Free
Thomas MacAnna Borstal Boy
Robert Moore Last of the Red Hot Lovers
25th Tony Awards
Peter Brook A Midsummer Night's Dream
Lindsay Anderson Home
Stephen Porter The School for Wives
Clifford Williams Sleuth
26th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Jeff Bleckner Sticks and Bones
Gordon Davidson The Trial of the Catsville Nine
Peter Hall Old Times
27th Tony Awards
A. J. Antoon That Championship Season
A. J. Antoon Much Ado About Nothing
Alan Arkin The Sunshine Boys
Michael Rudman The Changing Room
28th Tony Awards
José Quintero A Moon for the Misbegotten
Burgess Meredith Ulysses in Nighttown
Mike Nichols Uncle Vanya
Stephen Porter Chemin de Fer
Edwin Sherin Find Your Way Home
29th Tony Awards
John Dexter Equus
Arvin Brown The National Health
Frank Dunlop Scapino
Ronald Eyre London Assurance
Athol Fugard Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island
Gene Saks Same Time, Next Year
30th Tony Awards
Ellis Rabb The Royal Family
Arvin Brown Ah, Wilderness!
Marshall W. Mason Knock Knock
Peter Wood Travesties
31st Tony Awards
Gordon Davidson The Shadow Box
Ulu Grosbard American Buffalo
Mike Nichols Comedians
32nd Tony Awards
Melvin Bernhardt Da
Robert Moore Deathtrap
Mike Nichols The Gin Game
Dennis Rosa Dracula
33rd Tony Awards
Jack Hofsiss The Elephant Man
Alan Ayckbourn and Peter Hall Bedroom Farce
Paul Giovanni The Crucifer of Blood
Michael Lindsay-Hogg Whose Life Is It Anyway?


Year Director Production
34th Tony Awards
Vivian Matalon Morning's at Seven
Gordon Davidson Children of a Lesser God
Peter Hall Betrayal
Marshall W. Mason Talley's Folly
35th Tony Awards
Peter Hall Amadeus
Peter Coe A Life
Marshall W. Mason Fifth of July
Austin Pendleton The Little Foxes
36th Tony Awards
John Caird and Trevor Nunn The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Melvin Bernhardt Crimes of the Heart
Geraldine Fitzgerald Mass Appeal
Athol Fugard "Master Harold"...and the Boys
37th Tony Awards
Gene Saks Brighton Beach Memoirs
Marshall W. Mason Angels Fall
Tom Moore 'Night, Mother
Trevor Nunn All's Well That Ends Well
38th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols The Real Thing
Michael Blakemore Noises Off
David Leveaux A Moon for the Misbegotten
Gregory Mosher Glengarry Glen Ross
39th Tony Awards
Gene Saks Biloxi Blues
Keith Hack Strange Interlude
Terry Hands Much Ado About Nothing
Marshall W. Mason As Is
40th Tony Awards
Jerry Zaks The House of Blue Leaves
Jonathan Miller Long Day's Journey Into Night
José Quintero The Iceman Cometh
John Tillinger Loot
41st Tony Awards
Lloyd Richards Fences
Howard Davies Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Mbongeni Ngema Asinamali!
Carole Rothman Coastal Disturbances
42nd Tony Awards
John Dexter M. Butterfly
Gregory Mosher Speed-the-Plow
Lloyd Richards Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Clifford Williams Breaking the Code
43rd Tony Awards
Jerry Zaks Lend Me a Tenor
Bill Irwin Largely New York
Gregory Mosher Our Town
Daniel J. Sullivan The Heidi Chronicles


Year Director Production
44th Tony Awards
Frank Galati The Grapes of Wrath
Michael Blakemore Lettice and Lovage
Peter Hall The Merchant of Venice
Lloyd Richards The Piano Lesson
45th Tony Awards
Jerry Zaks Six Degrees of Separation
Richard Jones La Bête
Mark Lamos Our Country's Good
Gene Saks Lost in Yonkers
46th Tony Awards
Patrick Mason Dancing at Lughnasa
Peter Hall Four Baboons Adoring the Sun
Jack O'Brien Two Shakespearean Actors
Daniel J. Sullivan Conversations with My Father
47th Tony Awards
George C. Wolfe Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
David Leveaux Anna Christie
Eric Simonson The Song of Jacob Zulu
Daniel J. Sullivan The Sisters Rosensweig
48th Tony Awards
Stephen Daldry An Inspector Calls
Gerald Gutierrez Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Michael Langham Timon of Athens
George C. Wolfe Angels in America: Perestroika
49th Tony Awards
Gerald Gutierrez The Heiress
Emily Mann Having Our Say
Joe Mantello Love! Valour! Compassion!
Sean Mathias Indiscretions
50th Tony Awards
Gerald Gutierrez A Delicate Balance
Peter Hall An Ideal Husband
Lloyd Richards Seven Guitars
Gary Sinise Buried Child
51st Tony Awards
Anthony Page A Doll's House
John Caird Stanley
Richard Eyre Skylight
Charles Nelson Reilly The Gin Game
52nd Tony Awards
Garry Hynes The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Michael Mayer A View from the Bridge
Simon McBurney The Chairs
Matthew Warchus 'Art'
53rd Tony Awards
Robert Falls Death of a Salesman
Howard Davies The Iceman Cometh
Garry Hynes The Lonesome West
Trevor Nunn Not About Nightingales


Year Director Production
54th Tony Awards
Michael Blakemore Copenhagen
James Lapine Dirty Blonde
David Leveaux The Real Thing
Matthew Warchus True West
55th Tony Awards
Daniel J. Sullivan Proof
Marion McClinton King Hedley II
Ian McElhinney Stones in His Pockets
Jack O'Brien The Invention of Love
56th Tony Awards
Mary Zimmerman Metamorphoses
Howard Davies Private Lives
Richard Eyre The Crucible
Daniel J. Sullivan Morning's at Seven
57th Tony Awards
Joe Mantello Take Me Out
Laurence Boswell A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Robert Falls Long Day's Journey Into Night
Deborah Warner Medea
58th Tony Awards
Jack O'Brien Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2
Doug Hughes Frozen
Moises Kaufman I Am My Own Wife
David Leveaux Jumpers
59th Tony Awards
Doug Hughes Doubt: A Parable
John Crowley The Pillowman
Scott Ellis Twelve Angry Men
Joe Mantello Glengarry Glen Ross
60th Tony Awards
Nicholas Hytner The History Boys
Wilson Milam The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Bartlett Sher Awake and Sing!
Daniel J. Sullivan Rabbit Hole
61st Tony Awards
Jack O'Brien The Coast of Utopia
Michael Grandage Frost/Nixon
David Grindley Journey's End
Melly Still Coram Boy
62nd Tony Awards
Anna D. Shapiro August: Osage County
Maria Aitken The 39 Steps
Conor McPherson The Seafarer
Matthew Warchus Boeing Boeing
63rd Tony Awards
Matthew Warchus God of Carnage
Phyllida Lloyd Mary Stuart
Bartlett Sher Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Matthew Warchus The Norman Conquests


Year Director Production
64th Tony Awards
Michael Grandage Red
Sheryl Kaller Next Fall
Kenny Leon Fences
Gregory Mosher A View from the Bridge
65th Tony Awards
Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris War Horse
Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe The Normal Heart
Anna D. Shapiro The Motherfucker with the Hat
Daniel J. Sullivan The Merchant of Venice
66th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols Death of a Salesman
Nicholas Hytner One Man, Two Guvnors
Pam MacKinnon Clybourne Park
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers Peter and the Starcatcher
67th Tony Awards
Pam MacKinnon Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nicholas Martin Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bartlett Sher Golden Boy
George C. Wolfe Lucky Guy
68th Tony Awards
Kenny Leon A Raisin in the Sun
Tim Carroll Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage The Cripple of Inishmaan
John Tiffany The Glass Menagerie
69th Tony Awards
Marianne Elliott The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Stephen Daldry Skylight
Scott Ellis You Can't Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel Hand to God
70th Tony Awards
Ivo van Hove A View from the Bridge
Rupert Goold King Charles III
Jonathan Kent Long Day's Journey into Night
Joe Mantello The Humans
Liesl Tommy Eclipsed

Award records

Multiple wins

6 Wins
3 Wins
2 Wins

Multiple nominations

See also


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