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Martin Sherman


Writers: Film & Television, Writers: Playwrights

Martin Sherman is an award winning author whose plays have been produced in more than 55 countries and who has been nominated for two Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and two BAFTA awards. His Tony nominated play BENT opened at the Royal Court and transferred to the West End starring Ian McKellen, before going on to Broadway starring Richard Gere. Other West End plays include MESSIAH, WHEN SHE DANCED, A MADHOUSE IN GOA and a new version of Pirandello’s ABSOLUTELY! (PERHAPS). Broadway shows include ROSE, which first opened at the National, and the hit musical THE BOY FROM OZ starring Hugh Jackman, which earned him his second Tony nomination. His adaptation of E.M. Forster’s A PASSAGE TO INDIA earned him rave reviews when it played at London’s Riverside Theatre and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Martin’s numerous screenplays include his adaptation of his award-winning play BENT into the 1998 film starring Clive Owen, Lothaire Bluteau and Mick Jagger. He has won a BAFTA nomination for his films MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, starring Judi Dench, and THE CLOTHES IN THE WARDROBE (released in the US as THE SUMMER HOUSE), starring Jeanne Moreau. His latest play GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM opened at the Public Theater, New York in 2017.

“a master of the telling phrase and the unforgettable image.” (The Times)

 BENT took London by storm in 1979 when it was first performed by the Royal Court Theatre, with Ian McKellen as Max and has been presented in over 50 countries throughout the world.

 “a tremendous post-war theatre classic.” (Evening Standard)


“an epic in miniature – funny, deeply moving…” (Daily Telegraph)