Tonic Theatre is delighted to announce the full panel for their fourth Tonic Celebrates, which will take place at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on the 31st July. Tonic Theatre’s Director Lucy Kerbel will chair the conversation between acclaimed actress and writer Dame Harriet Walter, award-winning director Marianne Elliott and dramaturg Nina Steiger.
Tonic Celebrates is a series of events foregrounding the achievements of inspirational women in theatre. Each event brings together a group of remarkable women, all of whom are leaders in their field, to discuss their careers, work, and successes, before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.
Dame Harriet Walter’s most recent theatre credits include the Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse, which, amongst universal acclaim, received a Tonic Award. Her performance in Mary Stuart, also for the Donmar Warehouse, was awarded an Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress. Her other theatre credits include Boa (Trafalgar Studios); Death of a Salesman (RSC/West End); Dinner, Life Times Three, The Children’s Hour, Arcadia (National Theatre); Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Three Sisters (RSC), for which she won an Olivier Award. Her extensive screen credits include The Crown (Netflix), London Spy (BBC), Downton Abbey (ITV), The Sense of an Ending, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Little Dorrit (BBC), Atonement, Babel and Bright Young Things. She is the author of three books: Other People’s Shoes, which explores her thoughts on acting; Facing It, reflections on images of older women and Brutus and Other Heroines, about performing Shakespeare’s roles for women.
Also joining the panel is Nina Steiger, the first member of a literary department to take part in a Tonic Celebrates. Nina is Senior Dramaturg at the National Theatre. Previously, Nina worked as a writer and director in New York, before becoming Associate Director at Soho Theatre, where she commissioned and developed work with new playwrights and theatre-makers. Nina has also worked as a consultant, working with artists and organisations on narrative development, audience engagement, strategy and creative directions. She teaches regularly at some of London and the UK’s leading writing programmes and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and a graduate of McGill University.
Harriet Walter and Nina Steiger join previously announced panellist, Olivier and Tony-award winning director Marianne Elliott. Marianne is the Artistic Director of the newly founded Elliott & Harper Productions, established with producer Chris Harper. Their first production, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 3 October, and stars Kenneth Cranham and Anne-Marie Duff. Most recently, Marianne has directed the sell-out production of Angels in America at the National Theatre, starring Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane and Denise Gough. Her other theatre credits include Husbands and Sons, The Light Princess and Rules for Living, also at the National Theatre, where she was an Associate Director. Her productions of War Horse and A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time with the NT have transferred to the West End, Broadway and toured extensively. She has won two Tony awards for Best Direction of a Play and an Olivier Award for Best Director. She was an Associate Director at the Royal Court and previously she was Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre.
The fourth Tonic Celebrates follows previous successful events at the Ambassador’s Theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre. Previous panelists have included Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice, writers Moira Buffini, Tanika Gupta and Jessica Swale, lighting designer Paule Constable, designer Vicki Mortimer, Tricycle Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham, NT’s Director of Producing and Planning Sacha Milroy, and leading fight directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.
Tickets are available through Soho Theatre box office.