Eleanor Rhode

Theatre Director

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TEDDY

 

★★★★
“Eleanor Rhode directs with pizzazz. Energy and invention abound. Remarkable.”
Evening Standard

 

★★★★
“A game changer that pushes the music integrated play forwards.”
The Stage

 

★★★★
“An absolute blast of a night”
Time Out

 

WINNER – Best New Musical 2016 – Off West End Awards

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ABOUT

 

Eleanor trained at Mountview and the National Theatre Studio, and is a former Staff Director at the National Theatre. In 2009 she co-founded Snapdragon Productions to bring neglected and unknown works to new audiences. 

In 2016 Eleanor’s acclaimed production of Toast by Richard Bean toured the UK and transferred to 59E59 in New York to open the Brits off Broadway season, where it received Critics’ Choice from Ben Brantley in the New York Times.

Eleanor’s other productions for Snapdragon include the World Premiere of Teddy by Tristan Bernays and Dougal Irvine (Southwark Playhouse, 2015), which won Best New Musical at the 2016 Off West End Awards;  When We Were Women by Sharman Macdonald (Orange Tree Theatre), Toast by Richard Bean (Park Theatre, 2014), Thark by Ben Travers (Park Theatre, 2013), two sell-out runs of Generous, the London premiere of The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, and A Life by Hugh Leonard (all Finborough Theatre).

Other directing includes Frankenstein (The Watermill and Wilton’s Music Hall), Beauty and the Beast (Watford Palace), Terrorism (The Bush Theatre), The Gypsy Thread (National Theatre Studio), The Error of Their Ways (Cockpit Theatre), A Number (Camden People’s Theatre), This Lime Tree Bower (Edinburgh Festival). Her international work includes the World Premiere of the musical For All That for Centerstage Theater, Seattle.

 

Future projects include the world premiere of Boudica by Tristan Bernays for the Globe Theatre, 2017. 

 

In 2017 Eleanor became an Associate Artist for Hightide


 

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TOAST

 

★★★★
“Like a latter-day Ibsen but with rather better jokes.”
Daily Telegraph

 

★★★★
“Sudden moments of tense drama proves constantly compelling.”
The Guardian

 

★★★★
“A great British bake-off indeed.”
The Times

 

★★★★
“Eleanor Rhode’s direction rings as true as the writing.”
Sunday Express

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THARK

 

★★★★
“Eleanor Rhode’s nimble and witty revival.”
The Guardian

 

★★★★
The Times

 

★★★★
“Leaves Charles Spencer spluttering with joy. Wonderfully funny.”
The Daily Telegraph

 

★★★★
The Mail on Sunday

Nominated for three Off West End Awards, including BEST DIRECTOR

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CONTACT

 

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