About

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Luke Sheppard is a theatre director whose work has played across the UK and many international territories. His work covers a diverse range of projects from new musical theatre productions to rediscovered established plays, contemporary new writing to family shows. He has overseen the dramaturgy of large scale new commissions from conception through to production and takes great pride in his close collaboration with other theatre makers to create fully integrated, ambitious work. 

He received a first class honours degree in Drama: Theatre, TV and Film from the University of Bristol and subsequently won the inaugural Noël Coward Trainee Director Award at Salisbury Playhouse. 

His production of IN THE HEIGHTS won three Olivier Awards and a nomination for Best New Musical. The show also won the Broadway World Award for Best New Production of a Musical and received nine WhatsOnStage Award nominations, including Best Director. THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 received nominations for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Musical and the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People. Luke was also nominated for the Off West End Award for Best Director for CASA VALENTINA, and SPRING AWAKENING has been nominated for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production.

He previously worked as Associate Director on several major productions including MATILDA at the RSC, in London and on Broadway.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

A new musical created with legendary songwriter/producer Max Martin and playwright David West Read, soon to be announced.

MURDER FOR TWO
Watermill Theatre, Newbury / The Other Palace, London

BILLIONAIRE BOY
A new musical adaptation of the loved David Williams book for the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton and UK touring venues. 

THE IRON WOMAN
A new production based on the Ted Hughes classic novel. Development showcase forthcoming at The Other Palace. 

NEWSIES
UK premiere, Arts Ed London (Early 2019)


PAST PROJECTS:

SPRING AWAKENING
Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester
Nominated for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production

JERSEY BOYS
A new production for China / Middle East

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4
Menier Chocolate Factory / Leicester Curve
Nominated for the Evening Standard / BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best New Musical
Nominated for UK Theatre Award for Best Production for Young Audiences

WORKING
Southwark Playhouse
Nominated for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production
Nominated for the Offie Off West End Theatre Award for Best Musical Production

IN THE HEIGHTS
Kings Cross Theatre (transfer from Southwark Playhouse)
Winner of three Olivier Awards and nominated for Best New Musical
Winner of Broadway World Award for Best New Production of a Musical
Nominated for nine Whatsonstage awards including Best Director


PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Royal Theatre, Northampton- European premiere
European premiere

NIGHT MUST FALL 
Salisbury Playhouse / UK Tour

CASA VALENTINA
Southwark Playhouse - European premiere
Finalist for the Off West End Best Director Award

OLIVER! 
Watermill Theatre

STIG OF THE DUMP
Arts Theatre, London / UK Tour

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Castle Theatre, Wellingborough

THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO 
Castle Theatre

NEXT FALL
Southwark Playhouse

THE HISTORY BOYS 
Wilde Theatre

THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS
Castle Theatre

HAPPY NEVER AFTER 
Pleasance London / Edinburgh

TERRY PRATCHETT'S SOUL MUSIC and MORT 
Rose Theatre, Kingston

BED AND SOFA
Finborough Theatre - European premier

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 
Wilde Theatre

THE GREAT BRITISH SOAP OPERA  
Jermyn Street/Edinburgh

FANTASTIC MR FOX
Wilde Theatre

JET SET GO 
Jermyn Street/Theatre 503/Edinburgh


AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

MATILDA
RSC West End, Broadway, Stratford-Upon-Avon

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN  
Chichester Festival Theatre / West End / Tokyo


AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

INTO THE WOODS  
Open Air Theatre, Regents Park

PRIVATE LIVES 
Salisbury Playhouse

HAMLET 
Tobacco Factory


AS MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
PETER PAN, THE WIZARD OF OZ
Wilde Theatre

FIRST LADY SUITE 
Union

THE MUSIC OF CHANCE 
National Theatre Studio

FORCE 9 1⁄2 
Theatre Workshop / Upstairs at the Gatehouse


Luke has directed many education projects, including the RSC initiative WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW WITH MATILDA (Cambridge Theatre) and several projects with Youth Music Theatre. He is proud to have directed for leading drama schools including Arts Ed and GSA, and recently collaborated on a project with Sky Arts exploring computational creativity and the musical theatre form.