Erica Whyman
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Erica Whyman

Erica Whyman, OBE (born 27 October 1969)[1] is an English theatre director who became deputy artistic director at the Royal Shakespeare Company in January 2013.[2]


Whyman was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, but lived in Barnsley until aged eight, before her family moved to Surrey. She studied French and Philosophy at Oxford University and theatre with Philippe Gaulier in Paris[3] and then at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Whyman was the Chief Executive at Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, from 2005-2012.

In 2013, she was appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours List.[4] She has a daughter, Ruby, with playwright Richard Bean.


Northern Stage productions

  • Son of Man (2006)
  • Ruby Moon (2007)
  • Our Friends in the North (2007)
  • A Christmas Carol (2007)
  • A Doll's House (2008)
  • Look Back in Anger (2009)
  • Hansel and Gretel (2008)
  • Oh What a Lovely War (2010, nominated for two TMA awards)
  • The Wind in the Willows (2010)
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2011)
  • The Glass Slipper (2011)
  • Oh, The Humanity (2012)
  • The Borrowers (2012)

Royal Shakespeare Company productions

  • The Christmas Truce (2014)
  • Hecuba (2015)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation (2016)
  • The Seven Acts of Mercy (2016)
  • The Earthworks (2017)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2018)
  • Miss Littlewood (2018)

Other productions

  • The Winter's Tale (2000, Southwark Playhouse)
  • Les Justes (2001, Gate Theatre)
  • Witness (Gate Theatre, 2002)
  • Marieluise (Gate Theatre, 2004)
  • The Flu Season (Gate Theatre, 2003)
  • The Shadow of a Boy (National Theatre, 2002)
  • The Birthday Party (Sheffield Crucible, 2002)


  1. ^ Ms Erica Whyman OBE's Biography Retrieved 5/04/2013
  2. ^ Erica Whyman to join RSC as deputy artistic director Retrieved 5/04/2013
  3. ^ Erica Whyman: Deputy Artistic Director, Royal Shakespeare Company - Profile Retrieved 5/04/2013
  4. ^ New Year Honours 2013: full list of recipients Retrieved 5/04/2013

External links

  • "Meet the New Guard Running British Theatre". The Guardian. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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