Marianne Elliott To Receive OBE For Services To Theatre
It was announced yesterday in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list that Marianne Elliott, artistic director of Elliott & Harper Productions, is to be recognised for her services to theatre with an OBE.
Marianne Elliott, who is currently in New York for the 2018 Tony Awards, where her production of Angels in America has been nominated for an unprecedented 11 awards, including Best Director and Best Revival, said: "When I was a child, growing up in Stockport, I never thought it was even possible for a young woman to become a theatre director, let alone be blessed with the career I have had. To be recognised in this way is very moving and I hope an inspiration to other young women that anything is possible."
Elliott & Harper Productions was formed with producer Chris Harper in 2016. The inaugural production for her new company was the UK premiere of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle by Simon Stephens followed by a new adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe directed by Sally Cookson which broke box office records at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Marianne's next production will be George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy, Company, opening at Gielgud Theatre on 26 September 2018. The cast includes Rosalie Craig in the re-gendered central role of Bobbie, Tony award-winning Patti LuPone as Joanne and Mel Giedroyc as Sarah.
Marianne, the first woman to win 2 Tony awards for direction, was an Associate Director at the National Theatre for 10 years where her work has included Angels in America, the multi-award winning War Horse (co-directed by Tom Morris) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time both transferred to the West End and Broadway, have had major success internationally and on tour, and still continue to tour.
Marianne's many awards received include the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for both War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the Olivier Award and South Bank Show award for Best Director for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
Her many other productions for the National Theatre include: Husbands & Sons (a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre), Rules for Living, The Light Princess, Port, Season's Greetings, Saint Joan (Oliver award for Best Revival), Therese Raquin and Pillars of the Community (Evening Standard Best Director Award.)
As Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre her credits included Port, Design for Living, As You Like it and Deep Blue Sea. Other theatre includes Sweet Bird of Youthat the Old Vic, Little Foxes for the Donmar and Much Ado about Nothing for the RSC.