Henry Maynard is the Artistic Director of Flabbergast Theatre a company that he founded in 2010.
Self-produced productions including the critically acclaimed and Arts Council England funded; ‘Tatterdemalion’ a solo clown show, the Bunraku puppetry Boris & Sergey cannon The immersive production ‘The Swell Mob’ and the Shakespeare production ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ amongst others.
Creative directing projects include with Plan B shooting ‘In the name of man’and supporting his concert at Shakespeare’s Globe, Circus 1903 and The Table (Blind Summit)
In 2017 he built The Omnitorium a 100-seat venue which tours in a converted double decker bus, over two years it hosted multiple shows in Edinburgh for a wide range of audience demographics and was the venue for the ACE funded London Clown Festival which he cofounded in 2016
He has an excellent reputation for producing and training some of the highest quality puppeteers and clowns in the UK and puppeteers trained by him have gone on to work at The National Theatre and for London West End productions and in broadcast media and films.
Internationally he has performed and produced in Australia, Europe, America, Africa, Asia and his shows have won multiple awards from Edinburgh, Mimetic, Adelaide and Prague.
For five years running he directed an immersive show for a private client taking place over seven to ten days in the Caribbean which had a creative budget of around £250,000 per year and featured locations on multiple Islands.
Within the context of Flabbergast Theatre he has striven to create ensembles and is deeply committed to the creative growth of those that join the company.
As an actor he has worked with The National Theatre (UK) (War Horse), National Theatre Scotland (Christmas Carol), Royal Opera House (UK) (Faries), Sydney Opera House/Madison square gardens, Late Night with Steven Colbert (Circus 1903), Royal Court (That Face), Battersea Arts Centre (1984) Paul McCartney (music video and tour) and collaborated with companies such as Complicite, Les Enfants Terrible, and Blind Summit, he has also played a major role in a multi million pound Bollywood feature film (Narasimha Reddy), most recently he was cast in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End.