Mark Ravenhill is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose first full-length play, SHOPPING AND FUCKING, opened at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 1996. His plays include Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre, 2001); Product (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2005); THE CUT (Donmar Warehouse, London, 2006); CITIZENSHIP (National Theatre, 2006); POOL (NO WATER) (Lyric Hammersmith, 2006); SHOOT/GET TREASURE/REPEAT (Edinburgh Festival, 2007); OVER THERE (Royal Court / Schaubühne, Berlin, 2009); A LIFE IN THREE ACTS co-written and performed with Bette Bourne (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 2009); NATION adapt. from the Terry Pratchett novel (National Theatre, 2009); GHOST STORY (Playhouse: Live, Sky Arts 2010); TEN PLAGUES, a song cycle with music by Conor Mitchell (Traverse Theatre 2011); a new English version of THE CORONATION OF POPPEA (OperaUpClose, Kings Head Theatre, 2011); and new English version of THE LIFE OF GALILEO (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013).
Recently, as Writer in Residence at the RSC, his play inspired by Voltaire's CANDIDE played in the Swan Theatre (2013). Mark recently wrote a new play for the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre series, as well as a new libretto for the Norwegian National Opera.