Having trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Herrin was an assistant director under Stephen Daldry at the Royal Court Theatre from 1993-95. He then was a staff director at the National Theatre from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he became Associate Director at Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
In 2007 he directed the critically successful That Face by Polly Stenham at the Royal Court Upstairs, which subsequently transferred to the West End. He was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best Director for Stenham's Tusk Tusk in 2009. He became the Deputy Artistic Director at the Royal Court to Dominic Cooke in 2009. He has directed a number of new plays at the Royal Court including Spur of the Moment by Anya Reiss, Richard Bean's The Heretic and No Quarter, also by Stenham, in 2013.
Herrin made his Shakespearian debut at the Globe Theatre in 2011, directing Eve Best in Much Ado About Nothing. In 2011 Herrin directed several West End productions, including a well received revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends. He also directed the UK premiere of David Hare's The Vertical Hour as well as the world premiere and West End transfer of Hare's South Downs. He has directed Roger Allam in Uncle Vanya and in The Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe.
- "No Quarter at The Royal Court Theatre", Royal Court Theatre. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- "Wolf Hall director to become Headlong artistic director", BBC News, 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
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