(2021)With a background in film production, Marianne Badrichani began directing, adapting and co-producing French contemporary plays in 2000 in the UK, working with Katie Mitchell, the Young Vic, the National Theatre, and in the West End. In recent years she has been commissioned to create site-specific performances for both public and private institutions. She is a member of Cross Channel Theatre Group, a committee launched by the French Institute in 2015 to select the best of French new writing.
From 2012 to 2015, she presented Members Only (Oriental Theatre) then Trois Ruptures/Three Splits, (Nine Theatre) in China, after two sell-out runs in London, at the Chelsea Theatre and the Print Room at the Coronet.
Plays includes as a director: Trois Ruptures/Three Splits by Remi De Vos (Chelsea Theatre, Print Room, Nine Theatre/Beijing) with Edith Vernes and Chris Campbell, Tamsin Greig and Julian Rhind-Tutt (UK rehearsed reading), Members Only by Fabrice Roger-Lacan (Trafalgar Studios and Oriental Palace, Beijing) with Robert Bathurst and Nick Tennant, Karim Oyarzabal and Lionel Baraban, The Little Black Book by Jean-Claude Carriere with Paul McGann and Susannah Harker and Three Women by Catherine Anne (both at Riverside Studios), Paris Calling New Writing with texts by Marion Aubert, Mohamed Kacimi, Pierre Notte and Pascal Rambert (National Theatre and Hampstead Theatre), Over Nothing at All by Nathalie Sarraute (Time Out' s Critic Choice @Etcetera Theatre).
Site Specific Productions include (as a director and writer): Ionesco/ Dinner at the Smith's (In Transit Festival of Arts 2016 at Latvian House, Grands Voisins in Paris, 2017), The Eyes Have it (Imagine Watford for Bread and Goose), Square Bubble (In Transit and National Theatre), The Literary Ball (as an artist in residence at the French Institute), Culture Whisper Launch party (RCA), The Clock stopped at 8.15 (with James Hadley in Harrow's train station), A Show in a Shop Window (Kensington High St for In Transit), La Peau de Chagrin (Holland Park Orangerie), Blue Beard (Brompton Cemetery), Caprice (Barkston Gds), Cyrano (Lincoln’s Inn), I am a fool to want you (French Institute)
As a translator/adaptor: The Season in the Congo by Aime Césaire for Joe Wright and the Young Vic, Match by Driss Ksikes (Gate Theatre, National Theatre Studio), Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat for Katie Mitchell, Interiors for Vanishing Point (both at Theatre de la Ville, Paris).
Trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and at University Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris (MA in Communication and MA in Politics), she teaches drama and new writing at Central and City London University.
Her latest productions are the sell-out adaptations Je t'aime moi non plus/Texts by Moliére and Sacha Guitry, Ma Fille et Moi (The Playground Theatre) During the pandemic, she successfully launched, as part of Gallic Gang Productions, For your Ears Only, a series of one on one performances over the phone, and Giles, a LIVE Zoom play.
She is an associate artist at Gallic Gang Productions and Bold Elephant where she created the immersive play What They Forgot to Tell Us (2021) with the great Sarah Davey-Hull.