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Thea Sharrock (born 1976) is an English theatre director. In 2001, when at age 24 she became artistic director of London's Southwark Playhouse, she was the youngest artistic director in British theatre.
After her secondary education, Sharrock spent a gap year working in theatre. She first worked in administration at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg (where she was also allowed to assistant direct on one production), before returning to the UK, where she worked as a PA at the NT studio.
After leaving Oxford early, before completing her degree, Sharrock took the directors course at the Royal National Theatre, and worked as an assistant director on a number of productions at London Theatres and on tour.
In the summer of 2000, she won the James Menzies Kitchin Trust Award (JMK Trust Award), which allowed her to mount a production of Top Girls at the Battersea Arts Centre. The show was a success and toured the UK twice, before a brief run at a West End theatre.
She began her three-year tenure at the Southwark Playhouse in January 2001. In addition to work at the Playhouse, she served as an associate director on the long-running West End production of 'Art', directed works for the Royal National Theatre and English Touring Theatre, and began her association with the Peter Hall Company.
Sharrock left the Southwark Playhouse in late 2003, and became artistic director at the Gate Theatre in August 2004. She left this post in 2006, and had been widely tipped to take over at the Royal Court Theatre, although the post eventually went to Dominic Cooke.
She served on the selection panel for the 2005 Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design, and is now a JMK Award trustee.
In 2008, she directed Happy Now? at the National Theatre, before taking her 2007 West End revival of Equus to New York in 2008 with Daniel Radcliffe making his Broadway debut. In 2010, she directed Benedict Cumberbatch in the Olivier-winning revival of After the Dance.
- Arabian Nights adapted by Dominic Cooke, Young Vic & UK tour (assistant director) 1998
- Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, UK tour (assistant director) 2000; New Ambassadors, March 2000; Duke of York's, June 2000
- Top Girls by Caryl Churchill Battersea Arts Centre 2 and tour, July 2000
- Art by Yasmina Reza, Wyndham's Theatre (associate director), 2001
- The Sleeper's Den by Peter Gill, Southwark Playhouse, June 2001
- Trip's Cinch by Phyllis Nagy, Southwark Playhouse, September 2002
- Mongoose by Peter Harness, Southwark Playhouse, April 2003
- Free (showcase) National Theatre, Lyttelton, 2003
- The Fight For Barbara by D. H. Lawrence, Theatre Royal, Bath, July 2003
- Betrayal by Harold Pinter, Theatre Royal, Bath (associate director), July 2003
- The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan, (starring Harriet Walter) Theatre Royal, Bath & UK tour 2003
- Design For Living by Noël Coward, Theatre Royal, Bath (associate director) 2003
- A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Southwark Playhouse, 2003
- Dom Juan by Molière translated by Simon Nye, Theatre Royal, Bath, 2004
- Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, Theatre Royal, Bath & Savoy Theatre, 2004 
- Tejas Verdes by Fermin Cabal, translated by Robert Shaw, The Gate Theatre, January 2005 
- The Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill, The Gate Theatre, November 2005 
- Private Lives by Noël Coward, Theatre Royal, Bath, July 2005
- Heroes: Le Vent Des Peupliers by Gérald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard. Wyndham's Theatre, October 2005 
- In Celebration of Harold Pinter, The Gate Theatre (co-director), March 2006 
- Comedy With Coward (masterclass) LAMDA, 2006
- A Voyage Round My Father by John Mortimer, Donmar Warehouse, June 2006 ; Wyndham's Theatre, September 2006
- The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco translated by Martin Crimp, The Gate Theatre, November 2006 
- Equus by Peter Shaffer, Gielgud Theatre, February 2007 
- Heroes Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles – April 2007 
- The Emperor Jones by Eugene O'Neill, National Theatre, Olivier, August 2007 
- Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon, National Theatre, Cottesloe, January 2008 
- The Misanthrope (version by Martin Crimp ), Comedy Theatre, London, November 2009 – March 2010
- After the Dance by Terence Rattigan, National Theatre, Lyttelton, June 2010 , 
- A Voyage Round My Father John Mortimer – 2007 – BBC Radio Four
- The Homecoming Harold Pinter – 2007 – BBC Radio 3
- Theatre Record and its annual Indexes
- British Theatre Guide interview 2003 
- Evening Standard interview January 2008
- Yahoo! Film Facts, Feb 1, 2012
- National Theatre archive ,
- Fleming Jr., Mike. "MGM Sets Thea Sharrock To Helm ‘Me Before You’". Retrieved 25 February 2016.