Marianne Elliott (director)

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Marianne Elliott
Born Marianne Phoebe Elliott
27 December 1966
Occupation Theatre director
Spouse(s) Nick Sidi (2002–present); 1 child

Marianne Elliott (born 27 December 1966, London) is a British theatre director.

Early life[edit]

Elliott was born in 1966 in London, the daughter of Michael Elliott, theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester, and actress Rosalind Knight. Her maternal grandfather was the actor Esmond Knight. The family moved to Manchester when she was eight years old and attended St Hilary's School, Alderley Edge, Didsbury Road Junior School in Heaton Moor and later Stockport Grammar School.

She has said she "hated" the theatrical professions as a child "and used to ask [her parents] not to talk shop".[1] Despite this early ambivalence, she studied drama at Hull University.[2]


After leaving university Elliott was, initially, determined not to go into the theatre and had a number of different jobs including casting director and drama secretary at Granada Television. In 1995 she began to work at the Royal Exchange and was appointed artistic director in 1998. In 2002 she left the company and became associate artistic director at the Royal Court and in 2006 joined the National Theatre. In 2011 she won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of War Horse, along with co-director Tom Morris.[3] In 2015, she won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for a second time, winning for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which also won Best Play and Best Actor for Alex Sharp.

Selected theatre productions[edit]

Her productions include[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Elliott married the actor Nick Sidi in 2002; they have one daughter.



  1. ^ Lisa O'Kelly "Marianne Elliott: 'Why do something that's run of the mill?'" The Observer, 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ Kate Kellaway "'When it goes well it is like falling in love. It gives you an incredible high'", The Observer, 29 October 2006.
  3. ^ "Winners List – All Categories". Tony Awards. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Royal Exchange Past Productions
  5. ^ National Theatre Past Productions
  6. ^ "Poor Super Man", Royal Exchange Theatre. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

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