Sarah Frankcom


After working as a drama teacher in the East End, Sarah Frankcom started working with new writers and in drama schools. She spent time at the National Theatre Studio, Oval House and the Red Room, and taught at the Poor School. She originally joined the Royal Exchange Theatre as Literary Manager, before becoming joint Artistic Director. In 2014 she became sole Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Under her artistic leadership the Theatre has been nominated three times for The Stage Regional Theatre of the Year Award winning in 2016. In 2018 the theatre was nominated for its Outstanding Contribution in the Manchester Culture Awards and she won Best Director at the UK Theatre Awards for her production of OUR TOWN. Her productions include: DEATH OF A SALESMAN, HAPPY DAYS, OUR TOWN, THE LAST TESTAMENT OF LILLIAN BILOCCA (Hull City of Culture), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ALL I WANT IS ONE NIGHT, THE SKRIKER (MIF15 and BBC Radio 3), HAMLET, BLINDSIDED, THAT DAY WE SANG, THE MASQUE OF ANARCHY (produced at the Albert Hall for MIF13), BLACK ROSES, THREE BIRDS, ORPHEUS DESCENDING, MISS JULIE (a new version by David Eldridge), BEAUTIFUL THING, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, WINTERLONG (by Andrew Sheridan winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting), PUNK ROCK (by Simon Stephens, winner of the MEN Award for Best Production), BLITHE SPIRIT, THREE SISTERS, ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD (by Simon Stephens, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play) and KES. Her work has also been seen at the National Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, the Soho Theatre and the Crucible, Sheffield.


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