From 1990–98, Francis was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre. His work there included his own adaptations of Tale Of Two Cities, David Copperfield, The Prisoner Of Zenda, Northanger Abbey and Huckleberry Finn, (all of which have been published) as well as productions of Cyrano de Bergerac (with Edward Petherbridge), The Government Inspector (with Timothy Spall), The Corn Is Green (with Patricia Routledge), Side by Side by Sondheim (with Dawn French), Caesar and Cleopatra (with Alec McCowan) and many others. He directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for the National Theatre, and his work in opera includes Fidelio (Opera Northern Ireland), the double-bill of La colombe and La princesse jaune and Tamerlano (Buxton Festival). He was Associate Director at the Chichester Festival Theatre – where his work included The Relapse, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and Pinero’s The Schoolmistress. He directed Noel and Gertie (1999) and Shaw’s Candida (2000) for Alan Ayckbourn at Scarborough. In 2001 he directed Dawn French as Bottom in a West End production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and in 2003 Michael Richards starred in his London revival of Arsenic and Old Lace (Strand Theatre). He collaborated on a music theatre adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life and directed his own adaptations of Rose Tremain’s Restoration and Carl Hiaasen’s Lucky You. Francis directed the London premiere of the Stiles/ Leigh/ Raby Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre, Kingston).
His credits as television producer include Office Gossip and Gimme Gimme Gimme, for which he has been nominated for both a BAFTA award and the Golden Rose of Montreux, My Dad’s the Prime Minister, New Tricks, Ladies Of Letters and Benidorm.