Rebecca Frecknall is an associate director at the Almeida. Her production of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, for which she was nominated for the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Director, opened at the Almeida, and in November 2018 transferred to the West End. In 2019 it won the Olivier Award for Best Revival. She is currently directing Chekhov's Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn.
Praise for Three Sisters:
Frecknall doesn't so much direct Chekhov's play as conduct it. The result sits in that sweet spot: a Chekhov for our times.
Rebecca Frecknall’s revelatory production
The New York Times
In its drifting strangeness, it reminds us why Chekhov is - ironically - so timeless and why he might speak afresh to today's millenials.
★★★★ The Financial Times
A slow-burning yet engrossing study of a young family's collapsing dreams.
★★★★ What's on Stage
Praise for Summer and Smoke:
★★★★★ Rebecca Frecknall's shiveringly beautiful production
The Sunday Times
★★★★★ Rebecca Frecknall's whole production seems to tremble like a sustained, held high note: fragile, uncertain, almost unbearably tense
★★★★★ It's superb stuff: sensual, shimmering and sad
The Financial Times
★★★★★ There is magic in the sultry magnolia-scented air at the Almeida with this one
★★★★★ So captivating in its every second
★★★★ Restores Williams's wrongly neglected play to a central place in the canon
Nominated for 2019 What's On Stage Award for Best Play Revival