Tonic Theatre Announces Fourth ‘Tonic Celebrates’ Event Featuring Award-Winning Director Marianne Elliot

Tonic Theatre is delighted to announce their fourth Tonic Celebrates event, featuring Olivier and Tony award-winning director Marianne Elliott, in conversation at the Soho Theatre Upstairs on Monday 31 July.

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. The first half of the evening is chaired by Tonic Theatre’s Director Lucy Kerbel, before the floor is opened to the audience for questions.

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, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local. Previously she was an Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before.

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.

Further guests for the Soho Theatre Upstairs event will be announced shortly, and tickets are available through Soho Theatre box office.


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