Simon Stephens

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Simon Stephens
Born (1971-02-06) February 6, 1971 (age 47)
Manchester, England
Occupation Playwright
Nationality British
Spouse Polly Heath

Simon Stephens (born February 6, 1971 in Manchester) is an English playwright. Having taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He is the inaugural Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre Company, Chicago, where two of his plays, Harper Regan and Motortown, had their U.S. premieres.[1] His writing is widely performed throughout Europe and, along with Dennis Kelly and Martin Crimp, he is one of the most performed English-language writers in Germany.[2]

Life

Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester, Stephens graduated from the University of York with a degree in History. After university, he lived in Edinburgh for several years, where he met his future wife Polly, before later completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. He worked as a teacher for a few years, before quitting to become a professional playwright.

He was a member of Scottish art punk band Country Teasers.

He lives in London with his wife and three children.

Plays

  • Fatherland (2017). Co-created with Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham and Karl Hyde for the Manchester International Festival at the Royal Exchange.
  • The Threepenny Opera (2016) premiered at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris, a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's book and lyrics (music by Kurt Weill)[3]
  • Heisenberg (2015) premiered Off-Broadway at the New York City Center-Stage II, directed by Mark Brokaw[4]
  • Song From Far Away (2015) premiered at the Young Vic, directed by Ivo van Hove[5]
  • The Cherry Orchard (2014) premiering at the Young Vic, directed by Katie Mitchell
  • Carmen Disruption (2014) premiering at Deutsches Schauspielhaus, directed by Sebastian Nübling[6]
  • Blindsided (2014) premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, directed by Sarah Frankcom[7]
  • Birdland (2014) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre] directed by Carrie Cracknell[8]
  • London (2012) incorporating Sea Wall and T5 premiered at Salisbury Playhouse, directed by George Perrin[9]
  • Morning (2012) premiered at the Traverse Theatre, directed by Sean Holmes[10]
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2012) premiered at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Marianne Elliott, adapted from the Mark Haddon novel of the same name[11]
  • A Doll's House (2012) premiered at the Young Vic, directed by Carrie Cracknell[12] American premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music (2014)[13]
  • Three Kingdoms (2011) premiered at Theatre NO99 in Tallinn, Estonia, directed by Sebastian Nübling,[14] English premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith (2012)[15] | German premiere at the Munich Kammerspiele (2011)
  • I Am the Wind (2011) translation of the Jon Fosse play premiered at the Young Vic, directed by Patrice Chéreau[16]
  • Wastwater (2011) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell[17]
  • The Trial of Ubu (2010) premiered at the Toneelgroep in Amsterdam, (2012) English premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell[18]
  • T5 (2010) premiered at DryWrite at the Roundhouse, directed by Vicky Jones, and further developed at the Traverse Theatre as part of Traverse Live!, directed by Dominic Hill[19]
  • A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (2010) written with David Eldridge and Robert Holman premiered at the Lyric Hammersmith, directed by Sean Holmes[20]
  • Marine Parade (2010) with music by Mark Eitzel premiered at the Brighton Festival directed by Jo McInnes[21]
  • Punk Rock (2009) premiered at the[Royal Exchange Theatre, directed by Sarah Frankcom[22]
  • Canopy of Stars (2008) premiered at the Tricycle Theatre as part of the 'Great Game' series
  • Sea Wall (2008) premiered in the Broken Space Season at Bush Theatre, directed by George Perrin[23]
  • Pornography (2007) premiered at the Traverse Theatre directed by Sean Holmes[24]
  • Harper Regan (2007) premiered at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Marianne Elliott[25]
  • Motortown (2006) premiered at the Royal Court Theatr], directed by Ramin Gray[26]
  • On the Shore of the Wide World (2005) premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre, directed by Sarah Frankcom[27]
  • Country Music (2004) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Gordon Anderson[28]
  • Christmas (2004) premiered at the Bush Theatre, directed by Joanne McInnes[29]
  • One Minute (2003) premiered at the Actors Touring Company, directed by Gordon Anderson[30]
  • Port (2002) premiered at the Royal Exchange, directed by Marianne Elliott[31]
  • Herons (2001) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Simon Usher[32]
  • Bluebird (1998) premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Gordon Anderson[33]
  • Bring Me Sunshine (1997) premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed by Heather Davies

Awards

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2013 and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play[34][35]
  • Punk Rock was nominated at the TMA Awards for Best New Play in 2010, and was also nominated for the Evening Standard Awar] for Best New Play in 2010[36][37]
  • Pornography won the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland for Best New Play in 2008-09[38]
  • On the Shore of The Wide World won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2006[39]
  • One Minute won at the Tron Theatre Awards as Best New Play in 2003
  • Port won the Pearson Award for Best New Play in 2001

References

  1. "Steep Theatre Opens 13th Season with Simon Stephens' MOTORTOWN Premiere Tonight". broadwayworld.com. BMW News Desk. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  2. Haydon, Andrew (2015-05-21). "Going Deutsch: Britain and Germany's theatre exchange". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  3. "The Threepenny Opera | National Theatre". www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-21. 
  4. Heisenberg lortel.org, accessed February 3, 2016
  5. Gardner, Lynn. "'Song from Far Away' review – Simon Stephens sneaks a late emotional punch" The Guardian, 6 September 2015
  6. "Carmen Disruption", Deutsches Schauspielhaus, 2014 
  7. "Blindsided", Royal Exchange Theatre, 2014 
  8. "Birdland", Royal Court Theatre, 2014 
  9. "London", Salisbury Playhouse, 2012 
  10. "Morning", Lyric Hammersmith, 2012 
  11. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", Royal Court Theatre, 2012 
  12. "A Doll's House", Young Vic, 2012 
  13. "A Doll's House", Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2014 
  14. "Three Kingdoms", Theatre NO99, 2011 
  15. "Three Kingdoms", Lyric Theatre, 2011 
  16. "I Am The Wind", Young Vic, 2011 
  17. "Wastwater", Royal Court Theatre, 2011 
  18. "The Trial of Ubu", Hampstead Theatre, 2012 
  19. "T5", Picture House, 2010 
  20. "A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky", Lyric Hammersmith, 2010 
  21. "Marine Parade", ETT, 2010 
  22. "Punk Rock", Royal Exchange Theatre, 2009 
  23. "Sea Wall", Bush Theatre, 2008 
  24. Walker, Lynne (2007), "Pornography Review", The Independent, London 
  25. "Harper Regan", National Theatre, 2007 
  26. "Motortown", Royal Court Theatre, 2006 
  27. "Premieres; On the Shore of the Wide World" (PDF), Royal Exchange Theatre, 2005 
  28. "Country Music", Royal Court Theatre, 2004 
  29. "Christmas", Bush Theatre, 2004 
  30. "One Minute", ATC, 2003 
  31. Hickling, Alfred (14 November 2002), "Port Review", The Guardian, London 
  32. "Herons", Royal Court Theatre, 2001 
  33. "Bluebird", Royal Court Theatre, 1998 
  34. "'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' Broiadway" playbillvault.com, accessed February 3, 2016
  35. "Olivier Awards, 2013" olivierawards.com, accessed February 3, 2016
  36. "Evening Standard theatre awards" standard.co.uk, 9 November 2009
  37. "Awards 2010" uktheatre.org, accessed February 3, 2016
  38. "Awards, 2008-09" criticsawards.theatrescotland.com, accessed February 3, 2016
  39. "Olivier Awards, 2006" olivierawards.com, accessed February 3, 3016

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