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April De Angelis


Writers: Playwrights

Credit Johan Persson

April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); AFTER ELECTRA (Theatre Royal Plymouth & Tricycle Theatre 2015); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015). Current work includes a commission for the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

April has also written the libretto for FLIGHT music by Jonathan Dove, for Glyndebourne Opera; THE SILENT TWINS libretto, which was set to music by Errollyn Wallen, Almeida Theatre, 2007; and THE DAY AFTER at the ENO, 2017.

April’s work for radio includes an adaptation of LIFE IN THE TOMB for BBC Radio 3 in 2014, a serialisation of PEYTON PLACE, VISITANTS for BBC Radio 4, and THE OUTLANDER for Radio 5, which won the Writer's Guild Award in 1992.  

TV work includes a BFI / Channel 4 commission, ARISTOPHANES.