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Anna Mackmin (born 1964) is an award-winning British theatre director. She has been an associate director at the Sheffield Crucible and at the Gate Theatre in London.[1]

Anna Mackmin
Born1964 (age 54–55)
OccupationTheatre director
Years active1997-present


Early life and educationEdit

Mackmin was born in Leeds.[1] Mackmin's sister, Scarlett Mackmin, is a choreographer also working in the London theatre.

Mackmin attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, studying acting.


Dissatisfied with her acting career, she became a clothing designer at one point and set up a business with her sister in London's Soho neighbourhood. Mackmin was friends with the actress and writer Charlotte Jones, and it was Jones' first play Airswimming which also provided Mackmin with her directorial debut in 1997.[2]

She had only done two plays when Michael Grandage offered her the position of associate director at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. There she scored notable successes with Arthur Miller's The Crucible and Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, the latter earning her the 2004 TMA Award for best director. She has also had a successful stint at the Gate Theatre, where her most recent directorial effort was Ibsen's Ghosts.[2]

Mackmin has repeatedly worked with Charlotte Jones since their joint debut, directing Jones' plays In Flame, The Dark and The Lightning Play. She has also collaborated several times with Amelia Bullmore whom she originally directed as an actress in The Crucible in 2004. Since then, she has directed Bullmore's play Mammals and also her adaptation of Ghosts.[3]

In 2006, Mackmin staged an acclaimed triple bill at the National Theatre, entitled Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship. In the spring of 2007, she again won plaudits, this time for her direction of Dying For It, Moira Buffini's 'free adaptation' of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide.

Mackmin directed Toby Stephens as Henry in a revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing at the Old Vic Theatre in London from April through June 2010.




  • Devoured (Propolis, 2018)[8]


  1. ^ a b Barnett, Laura (15 February 2010). "Portrait of the artist: Anna Mackmin, director". The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b Gardner, Lyn (2 February 2004). "Anna Mackmin, one of Britain's hottest theatre directors". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "New Voices Club Events - The Real Thing" (PDF). Old Vic Theatre. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ Spencer, Charles (12 February 2004). "When a flawed classic becomes a must-see". The Telegraph.
  5. ^ Billington, Michael (16 March 2006). "Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship, National, London". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "The Real Thing, Tom Stoppard, 10 Apr–05 Jun" (PDF). The Old Vic. 2010.
  7. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (28 August 2012). "Sheridan Smith and Anna Mackmin on Hedda Gabler". The Telegraph.
  8. ^ "Devoured - Anna Mackmin". Foyles. Retrieved 23 June 2018.

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