Winner of 4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival, 2 Evening Standard Awards and the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, Marianne Elliott’s new production of COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth ran on London’s West End from 26 September 2018 – 30 March 2019, and now is currently playing on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone.
Recent productions include Death of a Salesman (Young Vic and Piccadilly Theatre), the West End premiere of Simon Stephen’s Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle (Wyndham’s Theatre), Elliott & Harper’s co-production of the new adaptation of the C.S.Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in Leeds and Bridge Theatre which is currently playing a UK and Ireland Tour; and the co-production of the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America directed by Marianne.
This March a new production of Mike Bartlett’s Cock, directed by Marianne Elliott arrives in the West End starring Taron Egerton, Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels. The limited season begins 5 March at Ambassador’s Theatre, London.
Photography: Pamela Raith
Marianne Elliott is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions alongside her producing partner Chris Harper. Elliott & Harper’s most recent shows include Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Gielgud Theatre and the West End premiere of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle both directed by Elliott; and the co-production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Sally Cookson at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Company received 4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival and received 2 Evening Standard Awards including Best Director.
Marianne Elliott was an associate director at the National Theatre for ten years where she most recently directed Angels in America which transferred to Broadway in March 2018 where it won three Tony awards, including Best Revival and an additional eight Tony awards nominations including Best Director.
Elliott’s other productions for the National Theatre include War Horse which she co-directed with Tom Morris (and West End and Broadway transfers; winner of the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play), and she directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also West End and Broadway; Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Director and Best New Play; South Bank Sky Arts Award). Other plays at the National Theatre include Husbands & Sons(a co-production with the Royal Exchange), Rules for Living, The Light Princess, Port, Season’s Greetings, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Mrs Affleck, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award), Thérèse Raquin and Pillars of the Community(Evening Standard Best Director Award). She was an associate director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local.
Previously she was an artistic director of the Royal Exchange where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before. Other theatre includes Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic; Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; and The Little Foxes at the Donmar Warehouse.
Marianne is currently co-directing Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman alongside Miranda Cromwell at the Young Vic, starring Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke and Arinze Kene.
Chris Harper is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer. Following their previous collaborations, Chris and Director Marianne Elliott established their company, Elliott & Harper Productions in 2016, for which their first production, Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle by Simon Stephens, opened at the Wyndham’s Theatre in 2017. Elliott & Harper Productions co-produced The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in a new version directed by Sally Cookson at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Their production of Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, directed by Marianne recently finished a limited run at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone. The production received 4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival, best set design, best actor and actress in a supporting role in a musical. Company also won 2 Evening Standard Awards and Best Musical at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards.
Chris was the founding Managing Director and Producer for National Theatre Productions, where he produced Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’s ground-breaking production of War Horse for eight years in the West End.
As well as the West End, Chris produced the New York transfer, where War Horse it ran for two years, winning five Tony Awards including Best Play, as well as subsequent productions in Toronto, Berlin, Holland and Australia, and the North American and UK tour. Chris Harper also produced the West End transfer of Marianne Elliott’s visionary production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, where it ran for five years and won seven Olivier Awards, including Best Play. It ran on Broadway for two years, winning five Tony Awards including Best Play.
In addition, Chris Harper produced a TV documentary called My Curious Documentary for the BBC, about children learning to live with autism.
His other work for National Theatre Productions includes One Man, Two Guvnors, directed by Nicholas Hytner, in the West End for over three years, a subsequent tour of the UK and Ireland, and Broadway. In 2016 he produced Jeremy Herrin’s production of People, Places and Things in the West End. He was also the Executive Producer on the West End transfer of the Broadway production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Over the last 25 years, Chris Harper has worked for Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome, Stage Entertainment, Disney Theatrical, Cameron Mackintosh and André Ptaszynski. He has been a board member of the Battersea Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, the Young Vic and the Bush Theatre.
Chris is also the Director of Programming at The Other Palace.
Nick Sidi is one of the founding members of Elliott & Harper Productions. After more than 20 years as an actor, Nick now works as a dramaturg and producer.
His acting work on TV included: DCI Banks, Rev, Psychoville, The Thick of It, The IT Crowd, Ashes to Ashes, Hustle, Spooks, Pulling, Silent Witness, Waterloo Road, Clocking Off, Bodies, Bob and Rose, Cold Feet and This Life. Feature films include: Season of the Witch, The Scouting Book for Boys and The Death of Stalin. On stage, he appeared in numerous productions at the National Theatre, Royal Court, Young Vic, Royal Exchange and in the West End. As a dramaturg, he worked with Simon Stephens on Fatherland for Manchester International Festival, and Song From Far Away for the Young Vic and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; Lindsey Ferrentino on Amy and the Orphans, which premiered at Roundabout Theatre in New York in 2018; and on Marianne Elliott’s gender swapped production of Company in the West End.
Nick is also responsible for developing Elliott & Harper’s slate of new writing.
- Associate Head of Production – Igor
- Head of Communications – Nada Zakula - [email protected]
- Assistant to the Directors – Georgia Miles