l Lucy Bailey was born in Somerset, and from an early age became a fan of the films of Pasolini.

l Bailey became interested in theatre while working as a telephonist at Glyndebourne, and was advised by her flute teacher to pursue a career directing for the stage.

l While studying English at Oxford, Bailey approached Samuel Beckett for permission to stage his short story, Lessness. Beckett told Bailey her ideas were all wrong, but let her do it anyway.

l In 1995 Bailey founded The Gogmagogs music theatre group before working as an assistant director at the Royal National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

l Bailey blazed a bloody trail with her own productions of Shakespeare, including looks at Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter's Tale.

l As well as Dial M For Murder, Bailey has directed Don't Look Now, Baby Doll and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

l In 2010, Bailey co-founded the 80-seat Print Room theatre in London, allowing her to experiment on smaller works.

l Bailey's production of Turgenev's Fortune's Fool is now running at the Old Vic in London.