Carrie Cracknell

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Carrie Cracknell (born 1980) is a British theatre director. She 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 Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea opened in June 2016 at the National Theatre, where her past work includes Medea and Blurred Lines. 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 Wozzeck at ENO


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.


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.

For her Young Vic production of A Doll's House she was nominated as Best Director in the Evening Standard Awards.

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