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Mike Poulton

MIKE POULTON

  

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Alan Brodie Representation Ltd  represented by Sarah McNair

Mike Poulton began writing for the Theatre in 1995. His first two productions were staged the following year at the Chichester Festival Theatre: UNCLE VANYA with Derek Jacobi, and FORTUNE's FOOL with Alan Bates. Since then, productions include Schiller's WALLENSTEIN directed by Angus Jackson for Chichester's summer season 2009 and MARY STUART for Clywd theatr Cymru directed by Terry Hands; the LADY FROM the SEA at Birmingham Rep directed by Lucy Bailey; the CHERRY ORCHARD at Clwyd theatr Cymru directed by Terry Hands; the CANTERBURY TALES in two parts and Malory's MORTE D'ARTHUR for the RSC both directed by Gregory Doran; the FAtheR at Chichesters Minerva Theatre and UNCLE VANYA on Broadway with Derek Jacobi, Roger Rees and Laura Linney. Earlier productions include the DANCE OF DEATH and Euripides ION at the Mercury Theatre Colchester, GHOSTS with Nichola McAuliffe at Plymouth Theatre Royal and ST ERKENWALD at the RSC  all directed by David Hunt; and THREE SISTERS with Charles Dance at Birmingham Rep directed by Bill Bryden. In 2005 his adaptation of Schiller's DON CARLOS (Crucible, Sheffield and West End) with Derek Jacobi, directed by Michael Grandage won an Olivier Award. In 2003 his FORTUNE's FOOL directed by Arthur Penn on Broadway received a Tony nomination for Best Play and went on to win seven major awards including the Tony for Best Actor for Alan Bates, and the Tony for Best Featured Actor for Frank Langella. Recent work: ANJIN - the SHOGUN AND the English SAMURAI commissioned by Horipro in 2009 was revived in Japan (December 2012) and at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London in January/February 2013. the BACCHAE at Manchester's Royal Exchange in November 2010. LUISE MILLER directed by Michael Grandage at the Donmar's summer 2011 season. UNCLE VANYA directed by Lucy Bailey at the Print Room sold out both spring and summer seasons in 2012. Work in progress: stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel's Booker Mann Prize-winning novels, WOLF HALL and BRING UP the BODIES; a new play for the RSC and several commissions for Chichester Festival Theatre.

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        Anjin: the Shogun and the English Samurai         Bacchae, The         Bring Up the Bodies         Canterbury Tales, The         Chain Play - Production II         Cherry Orchard, The         Dance Of Death         Don Carlos         Father, The         Fortune's Fool         Ghosts         Hedda Gabler         Il Sindico Del Rione Sanita (the Syndicate)         Ion         Judgement Day         Lady From the Sea, The         Luise Miller         Mary Stuart         Morte D'Arthur         Myrmidons         Rosmersholm         Seagull, The         St Erkenwald         Syndicate, The         Tale of Two Cities, A         Three Sisters         Uncle Vanya         Wallenstein         Wolf Hall         York Millennium Mysteries



Anjin: the Shogun and the English Samurai

Synopsis:
William Adams, known in Japanese as Anjin, was an English maritime pilot who is believed to be the first Englishman to ever reach Japan. His story is brought to the stage in a stunning new play directed by the Royal Shakespeare Companys Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, and written by Mike Poulton with Shoichiro Kawai. Washed ashore on a strange and exotic land, Anjin soon finds himself as the trusted adviser to the powerful Shogun Tokugawa, drawn to the heart of a dangerous clash of cultures and struggle for power, whilst war threatens to erupt all around. Torn between two worlds and two lives, Anjin must decide who he really is, and where he really belongs. An epic and compelling tale of friendship, honour, love and sacrifice, this beautifully staged new production stars the celebrated Japanese actor Masachika Ichimura alongside Stephen Boxer, Yuki Furukawa and an international cast direct from Japan and the UK. Performed in English and Japanese with surtitles in both languages.

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written by Mike Poulton with Shoichiro Kawai

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Bacchae, The

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When a new god - the god of the life force, the god of sensuality, wine and the dance, the god that other religions fear - arrives in a buttoned-down world, he finds a leader who no longer believes in a power higher than himself, who will do whatever it takes to preserve the status quo. But this society is a ticking time bomb, revolution is in the air and the people are desperate for change. A band of sisters are ready to explode and destroy everyone and everything that gets in their way in Mike Poulton's all-new version of this DARK and LIBERATING play, co-conceived with choreographer Mark Bruce and director Braham Murray.

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Bring Up the Bodies

Bring Up the Bodies
Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position. When the King begins to fall in love with the seemingly plain Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions.

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A new Dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in two parts this season in the Swan theatre.

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Canterbury Tales, The

Canterbury Tales, The
"Befell that in that season on that day/ In Southwark at the Tabard - as I lay/ Ready to wenden on my pilgrimage/ To Canterb'ry with full devout courage -/ At night was come into that hostelry/ Well nine-and-twenty in a company/ Of sundry folk, by aventure yfall/ In fellowship - And pilgrims were they all/ That toward Canterb'ry would ride -."

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adapted from Chaucer

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Chain Play - Production II

Synopsis:
Written over a three month period, each writer is given two weeks to add a scene of between ten and fifteen minutes before passing the script onto the next writer. Performed for one night only. A fundraising event.

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written by Neil LaBute, Abi Morgan, Mike Poulton, Tanya Ronder

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Cherry Orchard, The

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For Madame Ranevskaya, her cherry orchard is more than just land; it is her childhood, her memories and her life. Returning for the first time since her young son drowned there, she must come to terms with the fact that in order to free her family of debt the cherry orchard must be sold, the trees must be cleared and she and her family must prepare for life beyond the orchard. This touching and often hilarious play exercises the perfect balance of comedy and tragedy, through the characters, relationships and observations of society

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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Dance Of Death

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Original Playwright - August Strindberg

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Don Carlos

Don Carlos
Don Carlos is passionately in love with Elizabeth, a French princess. Carlos' tyrannical father, King Philip II, decides to marry Elizabeth himself. the young prince's hatred of his Father knows no bounds. He enlists his friend, the Marquis of Posa, to act as go-between, but Posa decides to convert Carlos and Elizabeth's passion into a full-scale rebellion against Philip's oppressive regime.

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Original Playwright - Friedrich von Schiller

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Father, The

Father, The
Strindberg's gripping psychological Drama about the battle of the sexes, in a spiky new version by Mike Poulton. the Father is about a marriage wrecked by the parents' need to claim exclusive rights to their daughter's love, and to determine her future. By turns comic and deeply tragic, it shows an affable, scholarly Father fall victim to a once loving wife who will stop at nothing to do what she thinks is right for her child. the only possible outcome is a grim, yet thrilling fight to the death in circumstances of almost unbearable tension.

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Original Playwright - August Strindberg

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Fortune's Fool

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This new, acclaimed, adaptation of Turgenev's classic comedy explores the delicious paradox of humour and despair to be found in the casual infliction of cruelty. the homecoming of Olga Petrovna and her husband, Yeletsky, to her deceased parents' country manor should be a happy affair for the house's resident penniless gentleman, Kuzovkin. His friend Ivanov is less optimistic, fearing for Kuzovkin's fate. All begins well but is cut short by the arrival of a rich neighbour, Tropatchov, whose favourite pastime is humiliating all he considers inferior. In no time the "gentlemen" are plying Kuzovkin with drink, exposing his pathetic history layer by layer. When Kuzovkin breaks in a drunken rage, he reveals a family secret that is set to challenge their very identity. In a moving denouement Kuzovkin wins back what has been his all along but cannot reclaim his honour.

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Original Playwright - Ivan Turgenev (Alien Bread)

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Ghosts

Synopsis:
Classic drama about a woman's struggle against prejudice and fear written in 1881. On her country estate, Mrs Alving is building an orphanage in memory of her dead husband. As her son Oswald, a successful artist living in Paris, returns home and the Pastor arrives to dedicate the orphanage, it seems she can finally bury the painful memories of her past. But over the course of one day, the dark secrets and unresolved tensions of the past are brutally exposed. The strange and complex relationships that bind Mrs Alving and her son to their maid Regina, her father Engstrand and to the priest Manders come to light - and we discover the shocking truth about her dead husband.

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Hedda Gabler

Synopsis:
the general's daughter marries a mediocre academic and, bored by the banalaties of bourgeois life, amuses herself by manipulating the people around her.

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Leeds, WYP Quarry    17 Feb 2006

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Il Sindico Del Rione Sanita (the Syndicate)

Synopsis:
Honest young Antonio Barracano stabs a brutal night-watchman to death. With the help of a 'Godfather' he is smuggled out of Naples to hide in New York. Convicted of the murder in his absence but safe overseas, he quickly acquires wealth and a reputation for ruthlessness. Returning to Naples, he uses his new status to quash his conviction and is soon feared but respected throughout the city, making it his life's work to provide a form of rough justice for the criminals of Naples who have no other access to law. He rules the Naples underbelly with a rod of iron but when a respectable but poor young man decides to murder his Father and comes to Don Antonio for advice, the Neapolitan 'Godfather' emerges from the shadows to make the young man's Father an offer he can't refuse.

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Original Playwright - Eduardo de Filippo

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Ion

Synopsis:
concerns the protracted reunion of CreUSA, the Queen of Athens, and her abandoned son, a humble sweeper-up at Delphi.

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Original Playwright - Euripides

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Judgement Day

Judgement Day
Adapted from When We Dead Awaken, the last play Ibsen wrote before his death. First staged in 1899, it is rarely performed, yet is one of Ibsen's most extraordinary and deeply personal works. Whilst holidaying with his young wife, the sculptor Rubek encounters his muse: a woman that he loved and left a lifetime ago. Over a series of heated encounters, the entire scroll of Rubek's life is unrolled in Ibsen's final  and most autobiographical  exploration of what it means to love and be loved. Set within a mythical Nordic landscape, the play offers an explicit and merciless portrait of Ibsen as an ageing artist: restless with his art, his homeland and his married life.

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Lady From the Sea, The

Synopsis:
juxtaposes the earthly with the supernatural, practicality with desire, duty with fre. Its heroine, Ellida Wangel, yearning for the open sea but confined to her marital home in a small holiday town beside a fjord is drowning on dry land. - Sam Marlowe, the Times

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Luise Miller

Luise Miller
Adapted from Schiller's 1784 play Kabale und Liebe, a masterpiece of power and politics that explores the battle between honour and corruption, between truth and betrayal. Born into ancient nobility and son of the most powerful statesman in the land, Ferdinand is willing to forsake his fortune for the love of Luise, daughter of a humble musician. But in a world governed by deception and greed, where power is everything, their future happiness and liberty are beyond their control

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Original Playwright - Friedrich von Schiller

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Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart
Mary Stuart tells the story of the personal struggle between two extraordinary women - one French, one English - both captive to the demands of sovereignty and both caught in a tumult of political and religious intrigue. Which of them is the rightful Queen of England - Mary Stuart or Elizabeth Tudor?

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Original Playwright - Friedrich von Schiller. Mary Stuart, written in 1800

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Morte D'Arthur

Morte D'Arthur
Bringing the familiar and not-so-familiar tales of Britain's first great epic to spectacular life, this new adaptation traces Arthur's rise and fall, from the sword in the stone and the foundation of the Round Table to the Holy Grail and the adultery of Launcelot and Guenever. See brave knights, damsels in distress and fiery dragons as the Courtyard theatre plays host to the story of the 'once and future King'.
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By Sir Thomas Malory. Published in London by Caxton in 1485, fourteen years After its Author's unprepossessing death As prisoner in Newgate Prison

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Myrmidons

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Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin    2006

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Oroborus Theatre

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Rosmersholm

Rosmersholm
A portrait of idealism and democracy floundering in a society of conservatism and opportunism, considered by many to be Ibsen's Dramatic masterpiece. Johannes Rosmer has resigned as parish priest following the suicide of his wife. But his increasingly liberal ideas make him an object of suspicion to the local worthies, who also disapprove of the presence in his house of a much younger woman, Rebecca West, formerly his wife's companion. As their relationship deepens and their isolation builds, the increasing moral pressures they face force them inexorably towards their fate. . .

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Nick Hern Books, London >>>, 2008   978-1854595966

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Seagull, The

Synopsis:
no minor characters here - a new balance to the play

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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St Erkenwald

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Syndicate, The

Syndicate, The
Smuggled out of Naples in his youth after stabbing a brutal night-watchman to death, Antonio Barracano returned home in the 1960s as a wealthy man. He used his newfound status to quash his murder conviction, and was soon feared but respected throughout the city. Don Antonio has made it his life's work to bring rough justice to the criminals of Naples who otherwise have no fear of the law. He rules the city's underbelly with a rod of iron. the play begins when a respectable but poor young man who has resolved to murder his Father comes to Don Antonio for advice. the Neapolitan Godfather' emerges from the shadows to make the young man's Father an offer he can't refuse. the comedy grows blacker as respectable' Naples collides with its criminal underworld. A dark comedy of pathos and farce by one of Italy's pre-eminent Dramatists of the twentieth century.

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Original Playwright - Eduardo de Filippo

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Tale of Two Cities, A

Synopsis:
Dickens considered his novel, A Tale Of Two Cities the best story I have ever written. Interweaving one familys intensely personal drama with the terror and chaos of the French Revolution, it is an epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst horrific violence and world changing events.

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In an age when governments across the world seem impotent in the face of increasing unrest, this bold new dramatic adaptation by Mike Poulton (Fortunes Fool, Old Vic; Wolf Hall, RSC) set to rousing original music by Oscar- winning composer Rachel Portman (The Cider House Rules, Beloved) seems more relevant than ever. It will feature one of the largest acting companies to ever appear on the Royals stage.

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Three Sisters

Synopsis:
Stranded in a remote provincial town, three sisters dream of returning to the Moscow of their youth. When a military garrison arrives nearby,the officers become their guests and suddenly a new life seems to be within reach. Liaisons develop, love is in the air and hopes run high - but the sisters reckon without the weakness of their brother, the grasping ambitions of his wife, and the strange eccentricities of a certain lieutenant. An explosion is brewing and matters come to a head on a frantic night of fire.

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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Uncle Vanya

Synopsis:
This tragic-comedy of frustrated longing and wasted lives is profoundly moving, seductively funny and continues to speak to us in a startlingly fresh and direct way

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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Wallenstein

Wallenstein
Albrecht von Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland, Supreme Commander of the Habsburg armies, champion and saviour of the Holy Roman Empire, stands undefeated in a seemingly endless war of religion. A victim of his own military success, Wallenstein believes he is the only commander who can bring peace to the Empire. In the field, Wallenstein inspires fanatical loyalty in his troops. At court, politicians, jealous of his victories, howl for his dismissal and plot against his life. Four wintry days of terrible events, conspiracy, divided loyalty and betrayal culminate in one night of violent score settling. Wallenstein's struggle is played out on a vast European stage, but the heart of the tragedy is private and domestic: wives, children, lovers and friends must bear the heaviest burden of suffering. Schiller's skill in balancing the epic with the human make him arguably Europe's greatest playwright.

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Original Playwright - Friedrich von Schiller

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Nick Hern Books, London >>>    978-1848420519

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall
England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost 20 years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment. With every month that passes without progress the King's anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell. A one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father, he sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.

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A new Dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies plays in two parts this season in the Swan theatre.

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York Millennium Mysteries

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the Devil in the pulpit at York Minster? the word "bollocks" intoned with unmistakable clarityin the nave? there are~ you'd have thought, safer places in which to tempt fate. the last time the Almighty allegedly showed his hand as a reviewer (over an ecclesiastical appointment up north), it left this particular cathedral with a smoking transept and a hefty restoration bill. But if the divine Number One String isn't smitten with Gregory Dorans spectacular staging of the York Mystery Plays, He certainly managed to keep His displeasure to Himself during the opening performances. This community event, which involves hundreds of local people, comes round every four years. Mirroring the way in which God humbled himself by becoming man, one professional actor traditionally slums itas Jesus among the hoards of amateurs.
Paul Taylor, Independant

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York Minster    22 Jun 2000

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