Ian was Artistic and Managing Director of The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park from 1987 until 2007. For Regent’s Park he directed Babes In Arms; The Fantasticks; Lady Be Good; The Card; Kiss Me Kate; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Oh, What A Lovely War; H.M.S. Pinafore; ( all nominated for Olivier Awards ), The Pirates Of Penzance ( Olivier nomination for best director 2000 ), Much Ado About Nothing; Androcles and the Lion; Look Here Old Son; The Two Gentlemen Of Verona; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Connecticut Yankee; The Comedy Of Errors; Paint Your Wagon; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; The Music Man; Where’s Charley?; Camelot and The Boyfriend. His other directing credits include: The Secret Garden ( Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Yeoman Of The Guard ( Savoy Theatre ), Peter Pan ( Royal Festival Hall), High Society ( Shaftesbury Theatre and national tour ), The Pirates Of Penzance ( West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour ), Anything goes ( national tour ), Kiss Me Kate ( Brisbane Festival ) Lend Me A Tenor The Musical ( Gielgud Theatre ), Doctor In The House ( national tour), The Invisible Man and Charlie’s Aunt ( The Menier Chocolate Factory), Love Letters ( Dubai Festival ), Third Finger Left Hand ( Trafalgar Studios ), A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( The Old Globe, San Diego ) Million Dollar Quartet(National Tour),Eugenius (The Other Palace), The Mousetrap(St. Martins Theatre),and many overseas tours and pantomimes.
Ian was awarded the O.B.E. in 2007 for his work at The Open Air Theatre.