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Simon Stephens


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Credit: Kevin Cummins

Simon is an award-winning playwright.

His early work at the Royal Court includes BLUEBIRD (1998); HERONS (2001), COUNTRY MUSIC (2004) and MOTORTOWN (2006). In 2008 his play HARPER REGAN opened at the National Theatre, and SEA WALL, starring Andrew Scott, played at the Bush. Simon then had success with his plays PORNOGRAPHY(Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007 and Edinburgh Festival / Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, 2009) and PUNK ROCK (Lyric Hammersmith / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2009) which won the 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production. In 2011, I AM THE WIND, an adaptation from Jon Fosse’s original,opened at the Young Vic. 2012 saw THREE KINGDOMS performed in London, Tallinnand Munich, MORNING at the Lyric Theatre, and a new version of Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE at the Young Vic which subsequently transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2013.

His adaption of Mark Haddon’s novel THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME won the Oliver Award for Best New Play (National Theatre, 2012; Apollo Theatre, 2013; Gielgud, 2014 – present; Barrymore Theatre in Broadway, 2015). In 2014 Simon premiered CARMEN DISRUPTION at Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, which comes to the Almeida Theatre in London in 2015, and BIRDLAND at the Royal Court. His adaptation of Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD also opened at the Young Vic in 2014. Simon’s new play SONGS FROM FARAWAY, directed by award-winning Belgian director Ivo van Hove, will receive its UK premiere at the Young Vic in September 2015. Also in 2015, HEISENBERG opens at MTC in New York, and THE FUNFAIR, Simon’s new version of Ödön von Horváth’s KASIMIR AND KAROLINE, opens at Home Theatre in Manchester.

Simon also writes for radio; plays include FIVE LETTERS HOMETO ELIZABETH (2001) and DIGGING (2003), both BBC, Radio4. Simon’s screenwritingincludes a two-part serial DIVE (with Dominic Savage) for Granada / BBC (2009),a short film adaptation of PORNOGRAPHY for Coming Up: Channel 4 (2009) and CARGESEfor Sprout Pictures (Sky Arts, 2013).

Other awards include the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play for PORT and the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD.  Simon has won the Theater Heute’s Award for MOTORTOWN in 2007, PORNOGRAPHY in 2008 and WASTWATER in 2011.

Simon is Artistic Associate at the Lyric Theatre and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was also on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a Writers’ Tutor for the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.