Our Guests

Adam James

Adam James

Adam James is one of the most recognised actors working in Britain today, with an extensive list of credits on both stage and screen. His stage appearances include Consent at the National Theatre, Bull at the Young Vic, and King Charles III at the Almeida, the West End, and New York…

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Alan Brodie

Alan Brodie

Alan Brodie heads his eponymous theatrical agency Alan Brodie Representation Ltd, which works with both contemporary playwrights, and with trusts and estates of some of the greatest names in 20th century drama, including the Noël Coward Estate.

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Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Andy Miller is a reader, editor and author of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously, as well as the co-host of the award-winning literary podcast “Backlisted”.

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Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton

Sir Christopher Hampton is a renowned playwright and screenwriter whose plays have so far garnered four Tony Awards, three Oliviers, and five Evening Standard awards.

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Christopher Haydon

Christopher Haydon

Chrstopher Haydon is the Artistic Director at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, where inn October 2022 he directed the first major London production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle for twenty-five years.

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Clare Lizzimore

Clare Lizzimore

Clare Lizzimore is an acclaimed director and playwright. She directed the 25th anniversary production of Patrick Marber’s Closer at the Lyric Hammersmith in the summer of 2022.

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Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson is from Dublin and began writing plays as a member of the University of Dublin drama society. His early plays include St Nicholas, Shining City, The Seafarer, and The Weir, which opened at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End of London and Broadway, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play for 1999.

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Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato is a playwright, journalist and Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge is widely regarded as one of the most important playwrighting voices at work today. His play Beginning premiered at the National Theatre in October 2017, before transferring to the West End.

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David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey is Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Theatre Practice at Aberystwyth University, and the author of The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth.

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Douglas Rintoul

Douglas Rintoul

Douglas Rintoul is the Chief Executive of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. He was the Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch from 2015 to 2022.

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Edith Hall

Edith Hall

Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at Kings College London, where she specialises in ancient Greek literature. She has published no fewer than thirty books, including Introducing the Ancient Greeks, Aristotle’s Way – How ancient wisdom can change your life, and Greek Tragedy – Suffering under the Sun.

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Elaine Aston

Elaine Aston

Elaine Aston is a Professor at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University, acclaimed for her work on theatre research and feminism.

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Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Professor Emma Smith teaches early modern drama at Hertford College, Oxford, with a special focus on Shakespeare. She has written widely on both early modern drama and Shakespeare.

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George Spender

George Spender

George Spender is the founder of specialist publisher Salamander Street. He previously the Editorial Director at dram specialist Oberon Books.

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George Turvey

George Turvey

George Turvey trained as an actor and has appeared on stage and screen in many diverse roles. He co-founded Papatango in 2007 and became the sole Artistic Director in January 2013.

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Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders is the Allardyce Nicoll Professor of Drama at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Love me or Kill me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes, About Kane: the Playwright and the Work, and the editor of Sarah Kane in Context.

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Greg Hersov

Greg Hersov

Greg Hersov was the Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from 1987 to 2014, where he directed more than 50 productions, including plays by Wilde, Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, Miller, T Williams, Pinter, Mamet, Baldwin, Cartwright, and many more.

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Henry Filloux-Bennett

Henry Filloux-Bennett

Henry Filloux-Bennett is a writer and Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

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James Dacre

James Dacre

James Dacre has been the Artistic Director of the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton since 2013. The Royal & Derngate is one of our outstanding regional theatres, commissioning and co-producing a consistently successful steam of new work that regularly tours and reaches the West End. Recent productions include TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, Alone in Berlin, The Worst Witch, Touching the Void, and The Lovely Bones.

read more
James Graham

James Graham

The playwright James Graham is one of our most prolific and popular dramatists, renowned for both his stage plays and TV dramatizations. He has carved out a niche in bringing contemporary political history to life, turning sometimes arcane events into lucid and compelling drama.

read more
Joe Dowling

Joe Dowling

Joe Dowling is an acclaimed director who was the youngest Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before moving to North America and leading the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis for nearly twenty years.

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Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall is acclaimed as both a playwright and screen writer, having written a dozen plays, including Some Voices, Pale Horse, Dumb Show and Birthday, all for the Royal Court Theatre, as well as more recently Mood Music at the Old Vic and the musical Sunny Afternoon, which he wrote with Ray Davies of the Kinks and which won four Olivier Awards in 2015.

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John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson is a writer and publisher, co-founder of Unbound, the crowdfunding publishing platform for books, and co-host of the award-winning books podcast, Backlisted.

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John Tiffany

John Tiffany

John Tiffany is the winner of two Tony Awards, an Olivier, a Drama Desk and an Obie award as a director, and his productions have earned countless other award nominations and wins. His recent work includes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in both London and New York….

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Justin Greene

Justin Greene

Justin Greene is a director, writer and producer for theatre, television and radio. His writing credits include the musical Spend Spend Spend, which he wrote the book and lyrics for with composer Steve Brown, and also directed. The show won the Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Barclays Theatre awards for Best Musical and was nominated for an Olivier in the same category.

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Karen Leeder

Karen Leeder

Karen Leeder is Professor of Modern German at New College Oxford. She joins us on The Play Podcast to talk about Frank Wedekind’s controversial play Spring Awakening.

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Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan is an award-winning actress, director, writer and scholar. She is most well known internationally for her performances and adaptations of Samuel Beckett’s work, including multiple performances of Beckett’s Not I over the past 15 years at London’s Battersea Arts Centre , the Southbank Centre, and at the International Beckett Festival in 2012.

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Lucy Bailey

Lucy Bailey

Lucy Bailey’s credits as a director range from Shakespeare to modern classics, including a special affinity with the plays of Agatha Christie.

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Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood is a playwirght and screenwriter. Her plays include Chimerica, The Children, Mosquitoes and The Welkin.

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Mark Taylor-Batty

Mark Taylor-Batty

Mark Taylor-Batty is a senior lecturer in Theatre Studies at Leeds University. His key areas of interest include Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, and twentieth-century French and British theatre.

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Matt Beresford

Matt Beresford

Matt Beresford is a director, speaker, trainer and leadership coach. He spent fifteen years working in business, before re-training as a Theatre Director at RADA, followed by an MA at St. Mary’s, University of London.

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Matthew McFrederick

Matthew McFrederick

Matthew McFrederick is a theatre practitioner, historian and academic, and Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Reading, where he completed his PhD investigating the production histories of Samuel Beckett’s drama in London.

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Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn is a bestselling and award-winning novelist, journalist, screen writer and playwright…

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Monica Dolan

Monica Dolan

Monica Dolan is an Olivier and Bafta award-winning actor, whose work spans television, film and stage. She won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2019 West End production of All About Eve, a Bafta Award for her unforgettable performance as Rosemary West in Appropriate Adult on ITV in 2011, and a Bafta nomination for Best Supporting Actress in A Very English Scandal alongside Hugh Grant.

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Nadine Holdsworth

Nadine Holdsworth

Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. Her book English Theatre and Social Abjection: A Divided Nation published in 2020 examines how contemporary drama presents groups and issues that divide our society.

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Neil Anthony Docking

Neil Anthony Docking

Neil Anthony Docking is as a writer whose work appeared in press, television, radio and film, before he wrote his first play, the funny and devastatingly moving The Revlon Girl.

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Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe has appeared on many of London’s stages including in two productions of Mike Bartlett plays at the Almeida, Albion and King Charles III, which also transferred to the West End.

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Nick Hern

Nick Hern

Nick is the founder of Nick Hern Books, the play publishers who have led the UK in championing the best new playwrights for the past 30 years.

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Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater OBE is the presenter of nine BBC television series, and the author of a collection of bestselling books including the classics Appetite two-volumes of Tender, as well as The Kitchen Diaries trilogy.

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Nina Raine

Nina Raine

Nina Raine is both a playwright and a director. Her own plays include Rabbit, Tribes, Consent, Stories and Bach & Sons.

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Oliver Kaderbhai

Oliver Kaderbhai

Oliver Kaderbhai is an actor, director and producer. Hwe is the founder of the devising theatre company Delirium.

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Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber is a writer, director, actor and comedian. He is the author of a dozen plays including Dealer’s Choice, Closer, Howard Katz and The Red Lion, as well as adaptations of a number of classics.

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Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey began writing plays in Bristol and developed work with the Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Theatre West. His play Shook won the 2019 Papatango award.

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Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens is one of the most acclaimed and prolific playwrights of our time whose work has been originated at theatres around in the globe.

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Stephen Marino

Stephen Marino

Dr Stephen Marino is the founding editor of The Arthur Miller Journal, which features essays on all aspect of Miller’s life, work, and career.

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Tim McMullan

Tim McMullan

Tim McMullan is one of our most acclaimed and recognisable actors. His career encompasses a number of iconic stage performances in Shakespeare, as well as innumerable other theatre, film and TV roles.

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Tony Marshall

Tony Marshall

Tony Marshall is perhaps best known for his role as Noel Garcia in Casualty. Most recently he was on stage in the Old Vic’s 2022 production of Jitney.

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Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson has an extensive list of stage, TV and film credits, including most recently in the Old Vic’s 2022 production of Jitney.

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Index of Guests

Our Guests

Adam James

Adam James

Adam James is one of the most recognised actors working in Britain today, with an extensive list of credits on both stage and screen. His stage appearances include Consent at the National Theatre, Bull at the Young Vic, and King Charles III at the Almeida, the West End, and New York…

read more
Alan Brodie

Alan Brodie

Alan Brodie heads his eponymous theatrical agency Alan Brodie Representation Ltd, which works with both contemporary playwrights, and with trusts and estates of some of the greatest names in 20th century drama, including the Noël Coward Estate.

read more
Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Andy Miller is a reader, editor and author of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously, as well as the co-host of the award-winning literary podcast “Backlisted”.

read more
Christopher Hampton

Christopher Hampton

Sir Christopher Hampton is a renowned playwright and screenwriter whose plays have so far garnered four Tony Awards, three Oliviers, and five Evening Standard awards.

read more
Christopher Haydon

Christopher Haydon

Chrstopher Haydon is the Artistic Director at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, where inn October 2022 he directed the first major London production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle for twenty-five years.

read more
Clare Lizzimore

Clare Lizzimore

Clare Lizzimore is an acclaimed director and playwright. She directed the 25th anniversary production of Patrick Marber’s Closer at the Lyric Hammersmith in the summer of 2022.

read more
Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson is from Dublin and began writing plays as a member of the University of Dublin drama society. His early plays include St Nicholas, Shining City, The Seafarer, and The Weir, which opened at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End of London and Broadway, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play for 1999.

read more
Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato

Dan Rebellato is a playwright, journalist and Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge is widely regarded as one of the most important playwrighting voices at work today. His play Beginning premiered at the National Theatre in October 2017, before transferring to the West End.

read more
David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey is Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Theatre Practice at Aberystwyth University, and the author of The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth.

read more
Douglas Rintoul

Douglas Rintoul

Douglas Rintoul is the Chief Executive of the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. He was the Artistic Director of the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch from 2015 to 2022.

read more
Edith Hall

Edith Hall

Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at Kings College London, where she specialises in ancient Greek literature. She has published no fewer than thirty books, including Introducing the Ancient Greeks, Aristotle’s Way – How ancient wisdom can change your life, and Greek Tragedy – Suffering under the Sun.

read more
Elaine Aston

Elaine Aston

Elaine Aston is a Professor at the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts at Lancaster University, acclaimed for her work on theatre research and feminism.

read more
Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Professor Emma Smith teaches early modern drama at Hertford College, Oxford, with a special focus on Shakespeare. She has written widely on both early modern drama and Shakespeare.

read more
George Spender

George Spender

George Spender is the founder of specialist publisher Salamander Street. He previously the Editorial Director at dram specialist Oberon Books.

read more
George Turvey

George Turvey

George Turvey trained as an actor and has appeared on stage and screen in many diverse roles. He co-founded Papatango in 2007 and became the sole Artistic Director in January 2013.

read more
Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders

Graham Saunders is the Allardyce Nicoll Professor of Drama at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of Love me or Kill me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes, About Kane: the Playwright and the Work, and the editor of Sarah Kane in Context.

read more
Greg Hersov

Greg Hersov

Greg Hersov was the Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester from 1987 to 2014, where he directed more than 50 productions, including plays by Wilde, Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, Miller, T Williams, Pinter, Mamet, Baldwin, Cartwright, and many more.

read more
James Dacre

James Dacre

James Dacre has been the Artistic Director of the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton since 2013. The Royal & Derngate is one of our outstanding regional theatres, commissioning and co-producing a consistently successful steam of new work that regularly tours and reaches the West End. Recent productions include TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, Alone in Berlin, The Worst Witch, Touching the Void, and The Lovely Bones.

read more
James Graham

James Graham

The playwright James Graham is one of our most prolific and popular dramatists, renowned for both his stage plays and TV dramatizations. He has carved out a niche in bringing contemporary political history to life, turning sometimes arcane events into lucid and compelling drama.

read more
Joe Dowling

Joe Dowling

Joe Dowling is an acclaimed director who was the youngest Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before moving to North America and leading the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis for nearly twenty years.

read more
Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall

Joe Penhall is acclaimed as both a playwright and screen writer, having written a dozen plays, including Some Voices, Pale Horse, Dumb Show and Birthday, all for the Royal Court Theatre, as well as more recently Mood Music at the Old Vic and the musical Sunny Afternoon, which he wrote with Ray Davies of the Kinks and which won four Olivier Awards in 2015.

read more
John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson is a writer and publisher, co-founder of Unbound, the crowdfunding publishing platform for books, and co-host of the award-winning books podcast, Backlisted.

read more
John Tiffany

John Tiffany

John Tiffany is the winner of two Tony Awards, an Olivier, a Drama Desk and an Obie award as a director, and his productions have earned countless other award nominations and wins. His recent work includes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in both London and New York….

read more
Justin Greene

Justin Greene

Justin Greene is a director, writer and producer for theatre, television and radio. His writing credits include the musical Spend Spend Spend, which he wrote the book and lyrics for with composer Steve Brown, and also directed. The show won the Evening Standard, Critics Circle and Barclays Theatre awards for Best Musical and was nominated for an Olivier in the same category.

read more
Karen Leeder

Karen Leeder

Karen Leeder is Professor of Modern German at New College Oxford. She joins us on The Play Podcast to talk about Frank Wedekind’s controversial play Spring Awakening.

read more
Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan is an award-winning actress, director, writer and scholar. She is most well known internationally for her performances and adaptations of Samuel Beckett’s work, including multiple performances of Beckett’s Not I over the past 15 years at London’s Battersea Arts Centre , the Southbank Centre, and at the International Beckett Festival in 2012.

read more
Lucy Bailey

Lucy Bailey

Lucy Bailey’s credits as a director range from Shakespeare to modern classics, including a special affinity with the plays of Agatha Christie.

read more
Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood is a playwirght and screenwriter. Her plays include Chimerica, The Children, Mosquitoes and The Welkin.

read more
Mark Taylor-Batty

Mark Taylor-Batty

Mark Taylor-Batty is a senior lecturer in Theatre Studies at Leeds University. His key areas of interest include Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, and twentieth-century French and British theatre.

read more
Matt Beresford

Matt Beresford

Matt Beresford is a director, speaker, trainer and leadership coach. He spent fifteen years working in business, before re-training as a Theatre Director at RADA, followed by an MA at St. Mary’s, University of London.

read more
Matthew McFrederick

Matthew McFrederick

Matthew McFrederick is a theatre practitioner, historian and academic, and Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Reading, where he completed his PhD investigating the production histories of Samuel Beckett’s drama in London.

read more
Monica Dolan

Monica Dolan

Monica Dolan is an Olivier and Bafta award-winning actor, whose work spans television, film and stage. She won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2019 West End production of All About Eve, a Bafta Award for her unforgettable performance as Rosemary West in Appropriate Adult on ITV in 2011, and a Bafta nomination for Best Supporting Actress in A Very English Scandal alongside Hugh Grant.

read more
Nadine Holdsworth

Nadine Holdsworth

Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. Her book English Theatre and Social Abjection: A Divided Nation published in 2020 examines how contemporary drama presents groups and issues that divide our society.

read more
Neil Anthony Docking

Neil Anthony Docking

Neil Anthony Docking is as a writer whose work appeared in press, television, radio and film, before he wrote his first play, the funny and devastatingly moving The Revlon Girl.

read more
Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe has appeared on many of London’s stages including in two productions of Mike Bartlett plays at the Almeida, Albion and King Charles III, which also transferred to the West End.

read more
Nick Hern

Nick Hern

Nick is the founder of Nick Hern Books, the play publishers who have led the UK in championing the best new playwrights for the past 30 years.

read more
Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater OBE is the presenter of nine BBC television series, and the author of a collection of bestselling books including the classics Appetite two-volumes of Tender, as well as The Kitchen Diaries trilogy.

read more
Nina Raine

Nina Raine

Nina Raine is both a playwright and a director. Her own plays include Rabbit, Tribes, Consent, Stories and Bach & Sons.

read more
Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber is a writer, director, actor and comedian. He is the author of a dozen plays including Dealer’s Choice, Closer, Howard Katz and The Red Lion, as well as adaptations of a number of classics.

read more
Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey

Samuel Bailey began writing plays in Bristol and developed work with the Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Theatre West. His play Shook won the 2019 Papatango award.

read more
Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens is one of the most acclaimed and prolific playwrights of our time whose work has been originated at theatres around in the globe.

read more
Stephen Marino

Stephen Marino

Dr Stephen Marino is the founding editor of The Arthur Miller Journal, which features essays on all aspect of Miller’s life, work, and career.

read more
Tim McMullan

Tim McMullan

Tim McMullan is one of our most acclaimed and recognisable actors. His career encompasses a number of iconic stage performances in Shakespeare, as well as innumerable other theatre, film and TV roles.

read more
Tony Marshall

Tony Marshall

Tony Marshall is perhaps best known for his role as Noel Garcia in Casualty. Most recently he was on stage in the Old Vic’s 2022 production of Jitney.

read more
Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson

Wil Johnson has an extensive list of stage, TV and film credits, including most recently in the Old Vic’s 2022 production of Jitney.

read more

Suggest a play

We’re always open to suggestions about plays to talk about, so if you’d like us to discuss a favourite of yours, please email us at plays@theplaypodcast.com. Let us know why you think we should cover it, and if you know anyone who’d be excited and qualified to talk about it with us (even yourself if modesty permits!).

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