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Nicholas Wright

NICHOLAS WRIGHT  (1940 - )

Nationality:    British
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Literary Agent:    Judy Daish Associates Ltd  

Screenplays include adaptations of novels by Patrick Hamilton, Doris Lessing, Josef Skvorecky, Armistead Maupin and Ford Madox Ford. He wrote the libretti for Rachel Portman's opera the Little Prince (Houston Grand Opera, 2003), and for Jonathan Dove's opera for television, Man on the Moon (2006), based on the Apollo 11 moon landing. His writing about the Theatre includes 99 Plays, a personal view of playwriting from Aeschylus to the present day and Changing Stages, a View of British Theatre in the Twentieth Century, cowritten with Richard Eyre.

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        Changing Lines         Cressida         Crimes of Vautrin, The         Custom of the Country, The         Desert Air, The         Double Inconstancy, The         Gorky Brigade, The         He's Talking         His Dark Materials         John Gabriel Borkman         Last Of the Duchess, The         Lulu         Mrs Klein         Naked         One Fine Day         Rattigan's Nijinsky         Regeneration         Reporter, The         Six Characters In Search of an Author         Slave Island         Therese Raquin         Three Sisters         Travelling Light         Treetops         Vincent In Brixton



Changing Lines

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London    1968

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Cressida

Cressida
John Shank is an actor, talent-scout and trainer of boy players in the seedily glamorous world of London theatre in the 1630s. Women are still not seen on stage, their roles being taken by precocious boys. Up to his eyes in debt, Shank's only hope of escaping destitiution is an unpromising 14-year-old would-be, Stephen Hammerton. Can he train up Stephen to be the new star of the London stage? With its characters drawn from real life, Cressida has about it the authentic smell of greasepaint.

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1st Produced:
Albery Theatre, London    04 Apr 2000

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Almeida Theatre

1st Published:
Nick Hern Books, London, 2000   -

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Comedy of Manners

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Male:  8            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Crimes of Vautrin, The

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from novel by Balzac

1st Produced:
Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham    1983

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Joint Stock

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Joint Stock, London, 1983   -

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Adaptation

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Custom of the Country, The

Custom of the Country, The
Based on the Jacobean play of the same title but set in Johannesburg

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Barbican Pit, London >>>    19 Oct 1983

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Male:  10            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Desert Air, The

Desert Air, The
the setting is Cairo 1942. Colonel Gore (known as the Hippo) is a self-confessed sweaty little thug in charge of a Secret Service unit known as Dangerous Operations Groundforce. His overriding aim is to send a military mission into a Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in support of the royalist chetniks. . . His private dream, however, is to avenge himself on the officer-caste by wangling his own promotion to major General. . . A brilliant comedy about the opportunism, dishonesty and sheer incompetence engendered by war'
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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  16            Female:  2            Other:  doubling

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Double Inconstancy, The

Double Inconstancy, The
the story follows Sylvia, a simple country girl who has vowed never to betray her childhood sweetheart Harlequin, who has been kidnapped by the prince who has decided he will marry her. This fast and furious comedy mixes bold characterisation with dazzling comic language.

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Original Playwright - Marivaux

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Contained in: "Marivaux Plays" published by Methuen 1988   978-0413185600

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adaptation

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Gorky Brigade, The

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He's Talking

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What would you do if you were caught and interrogated? How long would it be before you cracked? Would you betray your friends? Would you give the names of the ones who had escaped to safety, and then stay silent? But once you'd started talking, how would you find the strength to stop? And if you went on to do the worst thing you can imagine, what would the rest of your life be like? 'He's Talking' is a fact-based fiction about an anti-racist bombing group in apartheid South Africa. Luke, the leader, is seized and questioned. Every word he speaks will have a lifelong effect on his young friends and on himself. One year later, they all meet up. Or some of them do. Or only a few. It all depends on whether he talked. . .or not.

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1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds    20 Feb 2008

Company:
National Theatre Connections

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in New Connections 2008, Faber and Faber, London, 2008   -

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Genre:
Youth Audience

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Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

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His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials
six hour anti church rant produced in two parts. His Dark Materials takes us on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it s a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. they encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds - rebellious angels, soul-eating spectres, child-catching Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.

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from Philip Pullman's Trilogy. the trilogy - comprising Northern Lights, the Subtle Knife And the Amber Spyglass - is Already Acknowledged As A contemporary classic, delighting readers of All Ages throughout the world with its cunning blend of traditional

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National Theatre, London

1st Published:
Nick Hern Books, London >>>    978-1854598318

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large Cast (min 25)

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John Gabriel Borkman

John Gabriel Borkman
John Gabriel Borkman, a former 'pillar of the community', has been in voluntary seclusion in an upstairs room since enduring a prison sentence for embezzlement. His wife, her twin sister, his son and even Borkman himself are all trapped in the suffocating atmosphere of this claustrophobic household.

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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen, translated by Charlotte Barslund

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Nick Hern Books, London, 1996   -

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Last Of the Duchess, The

Last Of the Duchess, The
A compelling study of the corruption of fame, the lure of money and the betrayal that lurks at the heart of portraying the people around us, or the people we love. Based on Caroline Blackwood's book of the same name. 1980. the Sunday Times plans a fabulous journalistic coup: a photograph by Lord Snowdon of the long-reclusive Duchess of Windsor. Lady Caroline Blackwood, novelist, wit and journalist, is dispatched to Paris to secure it. But no sooner has she entered the Windsor mansion than she finds herself locked in battle with the Duchess's octogenarian lawyer, Maître Suzanne Blum. As the conflict ignites between them, Caroline begins to find Blum decidedly more fascinating than the Duchess herself. Where did she come from? What's her obsession? How did she get power of attorney over the Windsor fortune? Cruellest of all, why has she deprived the Duchess of her vodka? One of the Duchess's last loyal friends, Diana Mosley, introduces a further mystery: why do the famous Windsor jewels keep appearing anonymously on the international market? And since no one has seen the Duchess, what proof is there that she is even still alive?

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Based on the book by Caroline Blackwood

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Adaptation

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Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 22 Page 1183

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Lulu

Lulu
Lulu follows the decline and fall of a young woman possessed of a fatal combination of sexuality and innocence. She passes from German and Parisian high society to the streets of Jack the Ripper's London  destroying, and ultimately destroyed by, her lovers. Frank Wedekind originally wrote his extraordinary 'monster tragedy' a full twenty years before the First World War. Finding no-one prepared to stage it on account of its sexual candour, he toned it down and rewrote it as two full-length Dramas, which is how the Lulu Plays were published and produced throughout most of the twentieth century. Nicholas Wright's new version, based on Wedekind's original text, restores the clarity, the daring and the sexual explicitness of a modern masterpiece written a hundred years before its time.

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Original Playwright - Frank Wedekind; Translated by Wes Williams

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Kennedy Center, Washington

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Nick Hern Books, London,    -

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  11            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Mrs Klein

Mrs Klein
Nicholas Wright's play about the controversial psychoanalyst Melanie Klein is a haunting and poignant study of mother-daughter relationships. In 1934 the son of Melanie Klein, Britain's most admired psychoanalyst, was reported killed in a climbing accident. there were no witnesses. Nicholas Wright's play shows the effect of this shattering and unexpected death on Mrs Klein, on her daughter and on her new assistant Paula, a young refugee from Hitler's Berlin. Melanie Klein had herself come to Britain from Berlin with a controversial mission to extend psychoanalysis to infants. But her analysis of her own children has damaged her relationship with them almost beyond repair, and the news of her son's death provokes a bitter confrontation with her daughter.

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Play/Drama

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Naked

Naked
A nanny, whose charge died in her care, attempts suicide but fails. She is taken in by a lustful novelist who tries to discover her real story as men from her past turn up to claim different versions of the truth.

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Original Playwright - Luigi Pirandello (Vestire gli ignudi)

1st Produced:
Almeida Theatre, London >>>    12 Feb 1998

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1st Published:
Nick Hern Books, London, 1998   -

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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One Fine Day

One Fine Day
about the gulf that separates Britain and Black Africa

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1st Produced:
London    1980

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Nick Hern Books, London, 2000   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Rattigan's Nijinsky

Rattigan's Nijinsky
the extraordinary story of the relationship between the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky and the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, drawing on an unproduced screenplay by Terence Rattigan. In a hotel room a once-lauded playwright meets Nijinsky's elderly widow, Romola, to fight over his latest play. Meanwhile, in the same room, Diaghilev and the young Romola fight over the tormented Nijinsky. In 1974, Terence Rattigan wrote a television script for the BBC about the relationship between Diaghilev, the impresario behind the Ballets Russes, and Nijinsky, the most renowned dancer of all time, which Rattigan described as the greatest love story since Romeo and Juliet'. But the playwright withdrew the play and it was never produced. Now in this bold re-imagining of events, Nicholas Wright investigates why.

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by Nicholas Wright, based on the screenplay by Terence Rattigan

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Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  doubling and extras

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Regeneration

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Craiglockhart War Hospital, Scotland 1917. Poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon has been institutionalised in an attempt to undermine his public disapproval of the war. His Army Psychiatrist, Dr William Rivers, has been tasked with returning shell-shocked officers to the trenches, yet under Sassoons influence, has become tormented by the morality of what is being done in the name of medicine. Reminding us that some of the most intimate of friendships are borne from the most brutal of conflicts, Regeneration is a compellingly compassionate look at a nihilistic war and the devastating effect it had on a generation of young men.

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Marking the centenary of the start of the First World War, this new dramatisation of Pat Barkers haunting Booker-nominated novel is adapted by Olivier Award-winning playwright Nicholas Wright (His Dark Materials, Vincent In Brixton) and opens at Royal & Derngate prior to its national tour.

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co-production with Touring Consortium Theatre Company

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Genre:
adaptation

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Reporter, The

Reporter, The
Based on the remarkable life of the star BBC correspondent James Mossman during his last years, 1963 to 1971, the Reporter searches for the truth behind his bewildering suicide. What lies beneath the surface? Or is the surface ultimately all there is?

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National Theatre Company

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Play/Drama. - - Gay/Lesbian historical character

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Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Six Characters In Search of an Author

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the illusion of a rehearsal for a play is interrupted by the arrival of six people in search of an author

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Original Playwright - Luigi Pirandello

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  11            Female:  6            Other:  extras

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Slave Island

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in "Marvaux, Pierre De, Plays" Methuen, London, 1988   -

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Marivaux

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Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Therese Raquin

Therese Raquin
Stifled by an oppressive mother-in-law and a sickly husband, therese Raquin falls passionately for another man. their feverish affair drives the lovers to an act of terrible desperation, which catapults them headlong into a world more claustrophobic than the one they sought to destroy.

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from novel by Emile Zola

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Three Sisters

Three Sisters
Nicholas Wright's version of Chekhov's masterpiece, in which four young people are left stranded in a provincial backwater following the death of their father. they focus their dreams on returning to Moscow, a city remembered through the eyes of childhood as a place where happiness may just be possible.

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Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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Nick Hern Books, London, 2003   -

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Genre:
Adaptation

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Male:  12            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Travelling Light

Travelling Light
A funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood's golden age. In a remote village in Eastern Europe, around 1900, the young Motl Mendl is entranced by the flickering silent images on his father's cinematograph. Bankrolled by Jacob, the ebullient local timber merchant, and inspired by Anna, the girl sent to help him make moving pictures of their village, he stumbles on a revolutionary way of story-telling. Forty years on, Motl - now a famed American film director - looks back on his early life and confronts the cost of fulfilling his dreams. How had a twenty-two-year-old pretentious layabout made a discovery that would elude every other cinematic pioneer for years to come?

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Play/Drama

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Male:  9            Female:  4            Other:  1boy, doubling

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Treetops

Treetops
Set in Cape Town in 1952, Treetops offers an arresting view of Nicholas Wright's own rebellious boyhood in his native South Africa

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1st Produced:
London    1978

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Nick Hern Books, London, 2000   -

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Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Vincent In Brixton

Vincent In Brixton
Brixton, 1873. A brash young Dutchman renets a room in the house of an English widow. Three years later he returns to Europe on the first step of a journey which will end in breakdown, death and immortality.

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Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play 2002

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Nick Hern Books, London >>>    978-1854596659

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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