Ian has worked in the industry for over 40 years as an actor and director. His directorial debut was at the Kings Head Theatre with a production, Beck that played a lunch time slot at the National Theatre, and a fringe play The Orange Penguin which won an award at the Edinburgh Festival. He went on to direct many national tours and theatre seasons, 20 productions at The Mill Theatre, Sonning, and 15 large commercial pantomimes. He has worked for Alan Ayckbourn and Ray Cooney directing many of their plays. His directorial career led him to direct a myriad of names from Mickey Rooney to Barbara Windsor. As an actor he was in the original production of Noises Off at the Savoy Theatre and played the lead in No Sex Please We're British at what is now the Novello Theatre.