This Sunday, at a glitzy evening alongside stars such as Helen Mirren, Old Stopfordian Marianne Elliot (OS 1985) won the Olivier Award for Best Director for her work on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The National Theatre’s adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time started life at the Cottesloe Theatre last summer before transferring to the West End and tells the story of Christopher, a teenage maths genius with Aspergers, as he tries to investigate who killed his neighbour’s dog.
Marianne talked to the press about the play after winning her award.
We took risks and we thought we would fail and it is a testament to subsidised theatre that we were allowed to think we might fail.
It was an experimental journey, and like War Horse, we could not have done it anywhere else other than a properly subsidised theatre, because it was a risk.
Everyone, including the creative team, were working outside their comfort zones.
This is the second prestigious award that Marianne has been awarded for her directing; in 2011 she won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway production of War Horse. We suspect that it will not be her last.