William Campbell Rough Bryden CBE (born 12 April 1942, Greenock, Scotland) is a British stage- and film director and screenwriter.
He has worked as a director at the Royal Court Theatre (1967 1971), the Royal Lyceum Theatre (1972 1975), the National Theatre (1975 1985); and as a visiting director in Glasgow and New York. In 1990, he directed Leo Jan ek's The Cunning Little Vixen, at the Royal Opera House. He has also done work for film and television, as screenwriter, director and executive producer.
He married Deborah Morris, a potter, in 1970 and they had two children. The couple divorced in 1988.
In 1988, he met actress Angela Douglas at a dinner party arranged by mutual friend Marsha Hunt. They have lived together in west London since, and were married at City Hall, New York City in February 2009.
- 1983: Ill Fares the Land
- 1986: The Holy City
- 1992: Six Characters in Search of an Author
- 1987: Aria
- 1974: Spring Awakening Old Vic
- 1974: Romeo and Juliet Old Vic
- 1975: The Playboy of the Western World Old Vic
- 1976: Watch It Come Down Old Vic
- 1976: Il Campiello Old Vic
- 1976: Counting The Ways National Theatre
- 1977 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): The Passion National Theatre
- 1977: Old Movies National Theatre
- 1977: The Plough and the Stars National Theatre
- 1978 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): Lark Rise National Theatre
- 1978: American Buffalo National Theatre
- 1978 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): The World Turned Upside Down National Theatre
- 1978: The Long Voyage Home National Theatre
- 1978: Dispatches National Theatre
- 1979 (with Sebastian Graham-Jones): Candleford National Theatre
- 1980: Hughie National Theatre
- 1980: The Iceman Cometh National Theatre
- 1980: The Nativity National Theatre
- 1980: The Crucible National Theatre
- 1982: A Midsummer Night's Dream National Theatre
- 1983: Glengarry Glen Ross National Theatre (World Premiere)
- 1985: Doomsday, presented with The Nativity and The Passion, as the Mysteries from medieval Mystery plays in a version by Tony Harrison National Theatre
- 1990: The Ship (writer & director) Harland & Wolff Shed, Govan, Glasgow
- 1994: A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev, starring Helen Mirren and John Hurt. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and West End
- 1994: The Big Picnic (writer & director) Harland & Wolff, Govan, Glasgow
- 2005: Romeo and Juliet Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- 2005: The Creeper Theatre Royal Windsor
Awards and nominations
- 1985: Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Director, The Mysteries.
- 1985: London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best Director for The Mysteries
- 1985: London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Director for The Mysteries