David was educated at Morrison's Academy, Crieff, and the University of St. Andrews, where he gained an MA in Classics and remained to study for a PhD. While there, he took part in an archaeological dig in Laconia, Greece, with Lord William Taylour.
Thereafter, David taught Classics for eleven years in Edinburgh, St. Andrews and York.
During this time he founded the touring theatre company, Actors of Dionysus, for which he directed a wide range of Greek dramas throughout the UK as well as in Eire, Turkey and Albania, shot a video, recorded a Penguin Audiobook, and appeared on Radio 4's 'Today' programme.
His translations and adaptations have been performed by theatre companies across the world, and by actors including Simon Russell Beale, Sian Phillips, Fenella Fielding, Tom Conti, Stephen Greif, Stephen Fry and Jane Asher. Since leaving Actors of Dionysus he has continued his theatrical involvement, reconstructing and staging Euripides' Trojan Trilogy, and devising readings of Greek literature.
Over the past twenty-five years, no-one has done more than Stuttard to keep classical Greek drama alive on the English stage. Stuttard’s translations of Medea, The Bacchae and Lysistrata are among the best contemporary performance texts of Greek plays. Literary Review
David has written many books on the Classical World (as well as editing Bloomsbury Academic’s Looking at series on Greek drama) and articles for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Minerva and The British Museum Magazine.
He is a Fellow of Goodenough College, London, lectures widely throughout the UK (including at literary festivals and for The Arts Society) as well as on tours and cruises of the Mediterranean, gives regular gallery talks at The British Museum, has taught at The University of Cambridge and teaches for The Transatlantic Forum for Education and Diplomacy, of whose Advisory Board he is a member.