A new theatre company founded by
Tony & Olivier Award-winning director
Marianne Elliott and Producer Chris Harper

About Elliott & Harper Productions

Elliott & Harper Productions was formed in 2016 by the award-winning director Marianne Elliott and producer Chris Harper.

Following the West End premiere of Simon Stephens’ new play Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Elliott & Harper will co-produce a new adaptation of the C.S.Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in Leeds.  Directed and adapted by Sally Cookson and co-produced with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Catherine Schreiber, it opens in November 2017.  In March 2018, Elliott & Harper will co-produce the Broadway transfer of The National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America directed by Marianne.  In September 2018, Elliott & Harper will present Marianne’s new production of Company by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth in the West End.

Marianne Elliott

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.

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.

In Spring 2019 Marianne will co-direct 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

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 is currently playing at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End, starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone.

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.

Team Members

  • Associate Producer – Nick Sidi
  • Associate Head of Production – Igor
  • Head of Communications – Nada Zakula - [email protected]
  • Assistant to the Directors – Georgia Miles