Carrie Cracknell

Director

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Agent: Rose Cobbe
Assistant: Toby Smith

Film, TV & Theatre

Carrie was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, London from 2007-12. She was Associate Director at both the Young Vic (2012-13) and the Royal Court (2013-14).

Her production of Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea opened in June 2016 at the National Theatre where her past work includes Medea and Blurred Lines. Carrie directed the World Premiere of Ella Hickson's OIL in her debut production at the Almeida in October 2016.  She was Genesis Fellow at the Young Vic where she has directed Macbeth, A Doll’s House which transferred to the West End and Broadway and Elektra. Other credits include Birdland, Pigeons and Searched for the Royal Court where she was Associate Director, and the Olivier opera nominted Wozzeck at ENO.

Carrie's short film Nora, made in response to A Doll's House, is available to view here.

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2018

National Theatre

By Polly Stenham

"Cracknell’s direction is astonishing in its detail" - The Stage****

2016

Almeida Theatre

Carrie directs the World Premiere of Ella Hickson's play; "bold, playful and scorchingly ambitious...very well directed by Carrie Cracknell" - The Guardian****; "directed with great tonal dexterity by Carrie Cracknell" - The Independent****; "Carrie Cracknell’s staging strikes a canny balance between naturalism and abstraction." - The Financial Times

2016

National Theatre

by Terence Rattigan

"Carrie Cracknell directs with total assurance..."
The Times *****

"this splendid new production from Carrie Cracknell is intoxicating..." The Telegraph ****

2015

A Young Vic, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and HOME co-production

Dir: Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin

"Bold, visceral and topical" - Financial Times; "Stylish and daring" - Evening Standard

2014

National Theatre

"Carrie Cracknell's version is a tragic force to be reckoned with...avoid[s] quasi-operatic grandeur to present us with a recognisable human being who is alive with contradictions" - The Guardian****; "This thrilling and merciless production leaves [you] feeling both appalled and strangely elated" - The Telegraph**** .

2014

Royal Court (Downstairs)

By Simon Stephens

"Carrie Cracknell's production is ceaselessly inventive" - The Guardian****; "Carrie Cracknell's smart production create[s] a world both repellent and seductive in this glittering moral fable for our celebrity-obsessed times" - WhatsOnStage****; "There's a sharp visual language, courtesy of director Carrie Cracknell." - The Evening Standard

2014

National Theatre

Created by Nick Payne and Carrie Cracknell

"the direction elegant...and the play as a whole has great charm" - The Telegraph****; "Carrie Cracknell's show cunningly exposes gender inequality [with]...explosive scenes...niftily staged" - The Guardian****

2014

Brooklyn Academy of Music

New York transfer

"a harrowing account, directed with breathless momentum by Carrie Cracknell." - New York Times Critic's Pick

2013

Duke of York's Theatre

West End transfer
"A shattering production of a classic play...thrilling [and] often savagely funny." - The Metro****

2013

Royal Court (Downstairs)

Weekly Rep

2013

Young Vic

Revival of 2012 production

2013

Royal Court: Rough Cuts

By E.V. Crowe

2012

Young Vic

A new version by Simon Stephens
Nominated for Evening Standard Best Director Award 2012
"If you ever see a production of the play, see this one.' - Sunday Telegraph*****; ‘An intense emotional thriller.’ - Sunday Express*****; "I have never seen a more gripping and emotionally truthful account of Ibsen's brilliantly plotted and still disturbing play" - Daily Telegraph*****; "A stunning production" - The Stage; "Carrie Cracknell’s fantastically assured production...loyally serv[es] Ibsen's stark vision" - The Telegraph****; "Carrie Cracknell's deft production [is] a bracing vision of sacrifice and conscience" - The Evening Standard****

ELECTRA

2011

Gate Theatre/Young Vic

A new version by Nick Payne; "Cracknell’s production is atmospheric and well acted" - The Stage; "The Gate unleashes Sophocles as the relentlessly probing dramatist of ancient, mythic war and its miserable, cyclical consequences" - The Arts Desk

ELEKTRA

2010

Young Vic/Headlong

"an inventive fusion of movement, music and text, creating haunting dreamscapes and evocative imagery that really capture the overwhelming aura of grief permeating this play" - oughttobeclowns.blogspot.co.uk

BREATHING IRREGULAR

2010

Gate Theatre

"deeply ­moving" - The Guardian

DOLLS

2009

National Theatre of Scotland Workshop / Hush

HEDDA by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Lucy Kirkwood

2008

Gate Theatre

"a Hedda for our times" - The Guardian

I AM FALLING

2008

Gate Theatre / Sadler's Wells

Nominated for a South Bank Show Award (Dance)

"...absorbing... [Carrie Cracknell] creates a geometry that's rich but uncluttered" - The Independent

ARMAGEDDON by Mark Ravenhill

2008

Gate Theatre

THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS by Lukas Barfuss

2007

Gate Theatre

"a dashing statement...provokes in the right ways... Cracknell's fluid production is alert to the subtleties of Neil Blackadder's translation, while also finding a physical language for a piece in which words are often evasive and empty" - The Guardian.

“This knotty piece, at once brutal and clinical, is the first under the Gate’s new duo of artistic directors, Carrie Cracknell and Natalie Abrahami. Brave, unsettling and given an inventive, highly physical production by Cracknell, it makes a promising star to the pair’s regime.” - The Times

ROSIE AND ALBIE

2007

R&D for The Young Vic

DEATH AND THE CITY by Renato Gabrielli

2005

Hush / Tron Theatre (World Premiere)

STACY by Jack Thorne

2005

Hush/Tron Theatre/National Theatre of Scotland (World Premiere)

BROKEN ROAD by Ryan Craig

2005

Hush / British Council Showcase, BAC

Fringe First Award

A MOBILE THRILLER by Renato Gabrielli

2004

Hush / Site Specific for The Traverse, BAC, Harbourfront Toronto, Bristol Old Vic, National Tour & British Council showcase

Herald Angel Award

THE HUSH

2002

Hush / C Venues, Steven Joseph Theatre, BAC, Ohio Theatre New York

MACBETH

2002

Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Opera

ProductionCompanyNotes
2013

ENO

Olivier nomination for Best New Opera Production
Conducted by Edward Gardner
"Cracknell’s concept is realised with terrific theatrical flair and filled with rich naturalistic detail" - The Daily Telegraph****; "This is Carrie Cracknell’s operatic debut; she must be invited back at the earliest opportunity" - Evening Standard****; "...[Cracknell's] staging seeps into your conciousness and won't let go...an outstanding achievement to which no one can remain indifferent" - The Guardian****

Short Films

ProductionCompanyNotes
2014

The Guardian and The Royal Court

Director

2012

Guardian/Young Vic/The Space

Directed and co-written with Nick Payne

2016