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Nick Dear

NICK DEAR

  (1955 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Rosica Colin Ltd  

Born in Portsmouth in 1955, Mr. Dear's career was that of a teacher of film and photography before he became a full-time playwright in 1981. Nick Dear's plays include Lunch in Venice (NT Connections, 2005); Power (NT, 2003); the Villains' Opera (NT, 2000); Zenobia (RSC, 1995); In the Ruins (Bristol Old Vic, 1990); Food of Love (Theatre de Complicite, Almeida, 1988); the Art of Success (RSC, 1986); Pure Science (RSC, 1986); and Temptation (RSC, 1984). He also collaborated with Peter Brook on the development of Qui est la? (Bouffes du Nord, 1996). His adaptations include the Promise (after Arbuzov, Tricycle, 2002); Summerfolk (after Gorky, NT, 1999); Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (after Moliere, NT, 1992); the Last Days of Don Juan (after Tirso de Molina, RSC ,1990); and A Family Affair (after Ostrovsky, Cheek by Jowl, 1988). His screenplays include Persuasion, the Turn of the Screw, Cinderella, the Gambler, Byron, eroica and Agatha Christie's Poirot. Opera libretti include the Palace in the Sky (eNO / Hackney empire, 2001); and Siren Song (Almeida Opera Festival, 1994). He has also written extensively for BBC Radio, beginning with his first play, Matter Permitted (1980).

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        Art Of Success, The         Bed, The         Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Le         Chain Play, The         Dark Earth And the Light Sky, The         Family Affair, A         Food Of Love         Frankenstein         In the Ruins         Last Days Of Don Juan, The         Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme         Lunch In Venice         Palace In the Sky         Perfect Alibi, The         Power         Promise, The         Pure Science         Qui Est La?         Summerfolk         Temptation         Turn Of the Screw, The         Villains' Opera, The         Zenobia



Art Of Success, The

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coruscating portrait of William Hogarth used to discuss the role and responsibility of the artist

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Bed, The

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Colchester, Essex    1985

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Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Le

Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Le
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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Chain Play, The

Synopsis:
One off performance of chain writing to celebrate the National theatre's 25th anniversary. a scene each from all the authors for a performance on one night

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Written By Terry Johnson, Philip Ridley, Charlotte Jones, Lee Hall, Sebastian Barry, Zinnie Harris, Kevin elyot, Nick Dear, Tanika Gupta, Frank McGuinness, Nick Stafford, Stephen Sondheim, Colin Teevan, Patrick Marber, David Lan, Sarah Daniels, Martin She

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Conceived and commissioned by angus Mackenchnie

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Dark Earth And the Light Sky, The

Dark Earth And the Light Sky, The
Deep in the Hampshire countryside Edward Thomas, disaffected husband, exhausted Father and tormented writer, scrapes a living. In 1913 he meets American poet Robert Frost and everything changes. As their friendship blossoms Edward writes, emerging from his cocoon of self-doubt into one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century. But he makes the drastic decision to enlist, confounding his friends and family.

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Family Affair, A

Synopsis:
satirical comedy of loose morals and lost manners

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Original Playwright - Alexander Ostrovsky

1st Produced:
London    1988

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Absolute Press, Bath, 1989   -

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Food Of Love

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Written by Nick Dear And David Sawer

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Almeidia Theatre, London    14 Jun 1988

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Genre:
Monologue play

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein's bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

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based on the novel by Mary Shelley

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In the Ruins

Synopsis:
Virtual monologue by King George III which contrasts the image of the monarchy with the reality of the monarch.

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broadcast 1984

1st Produced:
New Vic, Bristol    1989

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Last Days Of Don Juan, The

Synopsis:
Don Juan: lover or rapist? trickster or psychopath/ martyr or demon? Moliere, Mozart, Pushkin, Byron, Shaw and Camus, to name but a few, have all taken the story of Don Juan as a source of inspiration for their art, philosophy and imagination, defending or condemning him in turn. But it was Tirso de Monlina's classic 17th Century Spanish masterpiece el Burlador de Sevilla which began and created the whole Don Juan mythology. In a theatre as vital, rich and varied as its Elizabethan counterpart, Spain's Golden age mixed the serious and the comic, the sacred and the profane, and produced that rare thing: great art that manages to be truly entertaining.

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Original Playwright - Tirso de Molina

1st Produced:
Stratford-On-Avon    1990

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Absolute Press, Bath, 1990   -

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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Synopsis:
Monsieur Jourdain's obsessive desire to associate with the gentry provides the backdrop for this classic on snobbery

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Original Playwright - Moliere

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Absolute Press, Bath, 1992   -

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Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Lunch In Venice

Synopsis:
Something is weird on the Rialto

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1st Produced:
Cottesloe, London    09 Jul 2005

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Coleg Sir Gar, Llanelli, Shell Connections 2005

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Palace In the Sky

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Based on the Tower of Babel story, this is a large scale community opera for the people of Hackney. Performances will involve 150 local people, including groups from primary and secondary schools, youth groups, adults elders and a multi-cultural range of musical groups, incorporating a diversity of musical styles.

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music Jonathan Dove, lyrics Nick Dear

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Perfect Alibi, The

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Colchester, Essex    1980

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Power

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somewhat reductive, account of the early years of Louis XIV's reign. the thrust of the play is therefore modernity versus tradition, as well as Louis' growing recognition of the pleasures of power as he first casts aside his mother and then Fouquet, a rather more obstinate opponent than even the formidable anne of austria

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Faber and Faber, London, 2003   -

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Promise, The

Synopsis:
In the savage 1942 winter siege of Leningrad, as the Russians fight off the Nazi invaders, three teenagers - Lika, Marat and Leondik - are thrown together. Losing everything from their past, they forge a new love that binds them and a new hope which keeps them alive: the promise of a better future.

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Original Playwright - Aleksei Arbuzov. From the translation by Ariadne Nicolaeff.

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Faber and Faber, London, 2002   -

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Pure Science

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broadcast 1983

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Stratford-On-Avon    1986

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Qui Est La?

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collaboration with Peter Brook

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Bouffes Du Nord, Paris    1996

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Summerfolk

Synopsis:
In Nick Dear's version of Gorky's naturalistic masterpiece a diverse group of Russians meet, as they do every year, at their summer holiday retreat. Some are frightened at the prospect of change, some are angry and some yearn for a new life. as they question the value of their work, their art and leisure, they're shocked by the responses their disputes reveal. Relationships break under the strain and scandals of business and infidelity are laid bare.

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Original Playwright - Maxim Gorky

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NT ensemble

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Faber and Faber, London, 1999   -

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Temptation

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London    1984

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Turn Of the Screw, The

Synopsis:
story of a young, inexperienced governess only recently released into the world from the confines of her father's country parsonage, and charged with looking after two young children at a remote country estate in essex

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story by Henry James

1st Produced:
Bristol Old Vic    2005

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in Plays 1, Faber, London, 2000   -

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adaptation

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Villains' Opera, The

Synopsis:
trade in small-time scams. But his world is shattered when the charismatic villain, Macheath, not only plans to marry his daughter, Polly, but to move into a more dangerous level of activity. In Nick Dear's contemporary version of Gay's the Beggars' Opera, we are shown a modern London teeming with petty thieves, gangland hoods, corrupt politicians and bent coppers.

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music by Stephen Warbeck. After the Begger's Opera by John Gay

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National Theatre, London

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Faber and Faber, London, 2000   -

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  large cast

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Zenobia

Synopsis:
a story of love and adventure at the time of the decline of Imperial Rome as Zenobia makes a stand for independence against the empire

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Faber and Faber, London, 1995   -

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Genre:
Historical

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Male:  24            Female:  1            Other:  extras

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