The Stage have today announced The Stage 25, a collection of 25 theatre makers to look out for in the future. Among them is Luke Sheppard, director of the much acclaimed & Juliet as well as a recent revival of Rent at the Hope Mill Theatre and the premiere of new musical What’s New Pussycat? at the Birmingham Rep. His production of a new stage version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code opens in Bromley next week prior to a major UK tour.
19 of the 25 were decided from suggestions from 50 industry experts across the sector, along with senior theatre journalists writing for The Stage. The final 6, including Luke, were nominated from former number ones from The Stage 100 lists over the years, which honours the most influential figures working in the performing arts. Luke’s nomination comes from David Ian who topped The Stage 100 list in 2006 and 2007.
“Luke Sheppard is going to be one of the next great musical theatre directors” says Ian, “he has that touch that you often only see in seasoned Broadway directors. I believe he is now up there among the UK’s most significant theatre directors.”
Luke’s credits include: What’s New Pussycat (Birmingham Rep); & Juliet (West End); Rent; Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre); The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾: The Musical (West End, Menier Chocolate Factory & Leicester Curve); Billionaire Boy (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre & Southwark Playhouse).
More information and a full list of The Stage 25 selections can be found here.