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Sally Cookson trained at LAMDA and worked as an actor for ten years before embarking on a freelance directing career.
She has worked on productions for theatres including the Old Vic London, the Bristol Old Vic, the National Theatre, the Duke of York's and the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Most recently Sally has directed A Monster Calls at The Old Vic, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The Bridge Theatre and Peter Pan at The National Theatre.

She is an associate artist at BOV where productions include Jane Eyre, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me, Clown, Strange Case, Pericles, Pains of Youth, The Visit.

Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light theatre include Strictly Balti by Saikat Ahammed, The Ugly Duckling Devised based on Hans Christian Anderson, Boing!, How Cold My Toes, Shadowplay, Cloudland Devised based on the book by John Burningham, Lenny by Francis Monty, Bob the Man on the Moon Devised based on the book by Simon Bartram.

Sally Cookson Productions

[West End, 2019]
[West End, 2018]
[West End, 2017]
[West End, 2017]
[West End, 2016] [Replacement]

Sally Cookson News

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Returns To Leeds For The Festive Season 2024

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE returns to Leeds Playhouse for the festive season in 2024. Don't miss this triumphant production of the beloved classic. Tickets on sale now.

STICK MAN Will Spend Christmas In Northampton This Holiday Season

The venue has recently reopened following a brief temporary closure, after the discovery of RAAC concrete in the foyer. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler, Stick Man will play at Royal & Derngate from 7 – 31 December, with a press performance on Saturday 9 December. 


Full casting has been announced for the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, opening in London at artsdepot, North Finchley on Friday 13 October ahead of a UK tour. Find out who is starring in the tour here!

Cast and Creative Team Set For CINDERELLA: A Fairytale at Northern Stage

Northern Stage's new production of Sally Cookson's Olivier award-nominated Cinderella: A Fairytale (2 December - 6 January) is a glorious girl-powered adventure co-directed by Katy Weir and Jake Smith. Find out who is starring in the show here!

STICK MAN Returns to London Next Month

London's family festive fixture! Stick Man will leave the family tree this Autumn/Winter and return to its West End home for the twelfth year in a row.  Learn more about the show ehre!

Review: DRACULA: MINA'S RECKONING, Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Under the buzzing lights of a psychiatric hospital in Aberdeenshire in 1897, Mina Murray recounts her encounters with the most terrifying of beasts: Dracula. A throng of patients listen with bated breath as they are transported to a world where immortality and ultimate power is possible, even for women - but with terrible consequences...

Emily Benjamin to Star in BRONCO BILLY at Charing Cross Theatre

Bronco Billy - The Musical is set to make its highly anticipated UK premiere at Charing Cross Theatre. Find out when and where to catch this exciting new production.


Discover the latest updates on the highly anticipated UK tour of WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT. Find out when and where the show will be taking place, and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure with your favorite characters. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of this beloved children's show live on stage.

Cast Revealed For Actor-Musician Production of CINDERELLA at Greenwich Theatre

Greenwich Theatre has announced the casting for their production of Cinderella - A Fairy tale devised by Sally Cookson and Adam Peck. Running from the 18th August - 3rd September, this toe-tapping revival of one of history's best loved fairy tales is not one to be missed.


Birthmarked is a semi-improvised-gig-theatre-musical based on my personal experience growing up and being disfellowshipped (shunned/ex-communicated) from the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Cast and Creatives Set For DRACULA: MINA'S RECKONING Scotland and England Tour

A thrilling new adaptation of Dracula by acclaimed Scottish playwright Morna Pearson, directed by Sally Cookson, is brought to stages across Scotland and England by the National Theatre of Scotland in a co-production with Aberdeen Performing Arts in association with Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 

THE LAST VAMPIRE, THE BOOK THIEF, and More Set For Belgrade Coventry's Autumn/Winter Season

Details have been announced for the Autumn/Winter 2023 season at Belgrade Coventry. Learn more about the full lineup here!

Paul Kaye and Matthew Tennyson Join Cast of THE PILLOWMAN, Directed by Matthew Dunster

Paul Kaye and Matthew Tennyson will join the cast of Martin McDonagh’s electrifying and savagely funny Olivier Award-winning The Pillowman to play Ariel and Michal, respectively. They join the previously announced Lily Allen as Katurian and Steve Pemberton as Tupolski.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Comes to Birmingham Rep This Christmas

Birmingham Rep have announced that the smash-hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will roar into The Rep this Christmas direct from London’s West End from Tue 14 Nov 2023 – Sun 28 Jan 2024.

Northern Stage Announces THIS IS FAMILY Season For 2023

The third in a trilogy of 'This is...' seasons of curated cultural spotlights on big ideas from Northern Stage Artistic Director Natalie Ibu, This is Family is about doing life together.

Bristol Old Vic's WUTHERING HEIGHTS Will Be Released on Sky Arts Next Week

Smash-hit Wuthering Heights to be released on Sky Arts, Monday 7 Nov Hot on the heels of its barnstorming US run ('glorious', New York Times), the Bristol Old Vic co-production of Wise Children's Wuthering Heights is being released on Sky Arts this Monday 7 Nov at 9pm, available to watch across the UK and Ireland.

Full Cast & Creative Team Announced for WUTHERING HEIGHTS West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep

Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Emma Rice’s critically acclaimed Wuthering Heights, a reimagined version of Emily Brontë’s gothic masterpiece. Performances begin Friday, November 18 and continue through Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Town Hall Announces First Installment Of 2022-2023 Season

Playwrights Sally Cookson and Adam Peck's piece, “Cinderella: A Fairytale” will be brought to the stage again, this time by Director Sequoia Schirmer. This stage version of Cinderella has captivated audiences with its dazzlingly original take on one of the oldest and best-loved fairytales of all times.

Julia Donaldson's STICK MAN Returns To The Stage For Festive Seasons In London, Coventry And Leeds

Stick Man will leave the family tree this Autumn/Winter and return to the stage for festive seasons in London, Coventry and Leeds!

Review: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Gillian Lynne Theatre

Amid a summer season positively snowed under with escapist fare, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe fits right in. Admittedly, dipping into the wintery landscape of Narnia just after a British heatwave is a bit of an ask for the imagination but, if any production could do it, this is it.

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