Anne Boleyn

Howard Brenton


Anne Boleyn

Howard Brenton

Writer

Howard’s In Extremis was premiered at the Globe in 2006 and revived there in 2007. Anne Boleyn was premiered at the Globe in 2010 and revived in 2011, followed by a UK Tour with English Touring Theatre in 2012. His many plays include: Christie in Love (1969, Theatre Upstairs); Magnificence (1973, Royal Court); The Churchill Play (1974, Nottingham Playhouse, twice revived by the RSC); Bloody Poetry (1984, Foco Novo and the Royal Court); Weapons of Happiness (1976, national, winner of the Evening Standard Award 1976); Epsom Downs (1977, Joint Stock); Sore Throats (1978, RSC); The Romans in Britain (1980, National, revived by Sheffield Crucible Theatre in 2006); Thirteenth Night (1981, RSC); The Genius (1983), Greenland (1987) and Berlin Bertie (1992, all Royal Court); Kit’s Play (2001, RADA Jerwood Theatre); Paul (2005, National, nominated for the Olivier Award 2006) and Never So Good (2008, National Theatre).

Collaborations with other writers on satirical plays include: Brassneck (with David Hare), Nottingham Playhouse, 1972); Pravda (with David Hare, National winner of the Evening Standard Award 1985) and Moscow Gold (with Tariq Ali, RSC Barbican, 1990).

Versions of classics include: The Life of Galileo (1980) and Danton’s Death (1982) at the National Theatre. In 2010, his new version of Danton’s Death opened at the National Theatre and his adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists transferred from the Liverpool Everyman to the Chichester Festival Theatre.

His television work includes: Dead Head (1986, a four-part serial for BBC 2) and 13 episodes of the BBC 1. Television drama series Spooks (BAFTA Best Drama Series 2003).

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