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.
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
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.
UK premiere, Arts Ed London (Early 2019)
Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester
Nominated for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Regional Production
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
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
NIGHT MUST FALL
Salisbury Playhouse / UK Tour
Southwark Playhouse - European premiere
Finalist for the Off West End Best Director Award
STIG OF THE DUMP
Arts Theatre, London / UK Tour
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO
THE HISTORY BOYS
THE HUNDRED AND ONE DALMATIANS
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
THE GREAT BRITISH SOAP OPERA
FANTASTIC MR FOX
JET SET GO
Jermyn Street/Theatre 503/Edinburgh
AS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
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
AS MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
PETER PAN, THE WIZARD OF OZ
FIRST LADY SUITE
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.