Steve is a theatre director and writer. He is committed to making theatre for people who don’t traditionally go, and seeking out new audiences and artists with stories and insights we have never heard before.
He has been making theatre professionally for over 20 years and was Artistic Director of Soho Theatre from 2010-18. In 1996 his first play 97 – A play about the victims of the Hillsborough Tragedy was the story of his experience as an 11 year old boy attending the match that day.
“Perhaps unsurprisingly, given that the director is Steve Marmion… this proves to be a masterclass in how to deliver imaginative new writing.”
The Telegraph on Pastoral
He began his career as a teacher in the Welsh valleys before becoming the Youth and Community Theatre Director at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff, and then the Theatre Royal Plymouth. His championing of new and unheard voices has continued from his teaching days through to his Artistic Directorships. Steve’s award-winning directing work crosses over new writing, comedy, musicals and pantomime. Books Directing Pantomime and Getting Directions are studies of his process and practice.
Over his time with Soho Theatre the company played to nearly 1.5 million people and grew annual audiences from 90,000 to 230,000. It won numerous awards including the company’s first three Olivier Awards, and four Edinburgh Comedy Awards. And it offered launch-pads to artists across theatre, comedy and cabaret including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Vicky Jones, Nish Kumar, Jinx Monsoon, Lady Rizo, Lucy McCormick and Duncan Macmillan.
“a transformation that has seen the theatre’s reputation grow nationally and internationally. The theatre has never felt more vibrant than now with its buzzing audiences and potent blend of new theatre, comedy and cabaret.”
Nick Allott OBE, Chair of Soho Theatre
As a writer and adaptor his work includes commissions for major UK theatres. He has worked as a director and practitioner with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West-End, on Broadway, at the Royal Court, Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Rep, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Theatre Royal Bath, Watford Palace Theatre, Sherman Theatre Cardiff and at 22 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
“Steve Marmion’s meticulously staged production…a beautifully modulated evening… that takes on profoundly disturbing issues with elegance and understatement.”
Time Out on Address Unknown
He is a talented writer and director of pantomimes, passionate about the form and its ability to reach new audiences. Ten years ago he was part of the team that created the first Lyric Hammersmith pantomime and for the last four years he has written and directed the annual Oxford Playhouse pantomime. Critically acclaimed and loved by audiences, these productions have remained true to panto traditions whilst speaking to 21st century themes and featuring a diverse range of performers. He is the founding CEO of PantoCo Ltd.
“YOU DON’T EXPECT PANTO TO TAMPER WITH THE CLASSIC INGREDIENTS…BUT I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER SEEN THEM ALL COME TOGETHER QUITE SO ENJOYABLY AS IN THIS FANTASTICALLY GOOD-NATURED PRODUCTION. STEVE MARMION HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AGAIN.”
THE GUARDIAN ON DICK WHITTINGTON
Artists supported, commissioned or produced during Steve’s time at Soho include Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Mydidae, The One), Vicky Jones (Mydidae, Touch,The One), Charlotte Josephine (Bitchboxer), Bryony Kimmings, Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things), James Graham, Jack Thorne, Natalie Palamides, Doctor Brown, Nish Kumar, RashDash, nabokov, Lucy McCormick, Arinze Kene, Rita Kalnejais, Joe Murphy, Kim Noble, Sara Joyce, Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Theresa Ikoko. It opened new venues Soho Theatre Downstairs a Cabaret and Comedy venue, and Soho Theatre Upstairs a studio for emerging artists. It launched Soho Theatre Digital for TV and download, and took the scale of its Edinburgh, UK and International Touring programme on to a new level, presenting work in Australia, India and the United States.
Represented by Clare Vidal Hall.