Carrie Cracknell

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Carrie Cracknell (born 1980) is a British theatre director. She is an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre, and was joint Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre from 2007 to 2012.


Cracknell was born in Carlisle and was raised in Oxford. She read history at the University of Nottingham where she was president of The Nottingham New Theatre. She later studied directing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.

She is married and has three children. She lives in London.


Cracknell is currently an Associate Director of the Royal Court.

In 2007 Cracknell and Natalie Abrahami, then aged 26 and 27 respectively, became joint Artistic Directors of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, London, UK. There Cracknell became known for her work blending contemporary dance with theatre and for reinterpretations of classic international plays.[1] Cracknell's first dance/theatre show, I Am Falling, was nominated for a South Bank Show Award in the dance category in 2009.

From 2011–2013 Cracknell was an Associate Director of the Young Vic theatre. For her Young Vic production of A Doll's House she was nominated as Best Director in the Evening Standard Awards.

Theatre credits [2][edit]


  1. ^ Guardian New Faces: 2008
  2. ^ United Agents
  3. ^ Guardian – Review
  4. ^ The Herald – Review
  5. ^ The Times – Review
  6. ^ Guardian – I am falling