Sarah Hughes is Alan Ayckbourn's casting director, casting all world premieres of his plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, in the West End, at the National Theatre and in America, as well as casting many other productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. TV work includes 10 years working for the entertainment department of the BBC and extensive freelance work, particularly in TV comedy. Freelance theatre work includes plays for the West Yorkshire Playhouse,Birmingham Rep, Theatre Royal Northampton, many productions for Frantic Assembly - recently Abi Morgan's LOVESONG, THE BELIEVERS, OTHELLO and THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, and for Graeae including - recently - Jack Thorne's THE SECRET LIFE OF SUGAR WATER and THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA at the Royal Exchange. She has a focus on working with actors with disabilities and ran the BBC Talent Alert, looking for new Disabled talent all over the UK in order to encourage on-screen representation of disabled actors, and is a teacher on the Central School of Speech and Drama's diploma in Performance Making for actors with learning disabilities. In 2012 she was the Senior Cast Co-ordinator for the London 2012 Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies. 2016 projects included casting Alan Ayckbourn's 80th play KARAOKE, and the rest of the SJT 2016 summer season; OTHELLO for Stafford Festival, THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE for Frantic Assembly, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA for the Royal Exchange and Graeae and further work for Fevered Sleep and Guilty Party Pictures. 2017 work includes THE TEMPEST for Stafford Festival, all of the SJT's 2017 casting, the revival of REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL for Graeae and she is about to start a project for National Theatre Wales and will also be casting a revival of BY JEEVES for the Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness. For a more detailed CV please email Sarah at