Nick Dear

Nick was playwright in residence at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester in 1987, and at the University of Essex in 1985. He collaborated with Peter Brook on the development of Qui est là? (Bouffes du Nord, Paris 1996). He now lives with his family in London.

Nick Dear’s plays include Lunch in Venice (NT Connections, 2005); Power (NT, 2003); The Villains’ Opera (NT, 2000); Zenobia (RSC, 1995); In the Ruins (Bristol Old Vic, 1990); Food of Love (Théâtre de Complicité, Almeida, 1988); The Art of Success (RSC, 1986); Pure Science (RSC, 1986); and Temptation (RSC, 1984). He also collaborated with Peter Brook on the development of Qui est là?(Bouffes du Nord, 1996). His adaptations include Frankenstein (after Shelley, NT, 2011); The Promise (after Arbuzov, Tricycle, 2002); Summerfolk (after Gorky, NT, 1999); Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (after Molière, NT, 1992); The Last Days of Don Juan (after Tirso de Molina, RSC ,1990); and A Family Affair (after Ostrovsky, Cheek by Jowl, 1988). His screenplays include Persuasion, The Turn of the Screw, Cinderella, The Gambler, Byron, Eroica and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Opera libretti include The Palace in the Sky (ENO / Hackney Empire, 2001); and Siren Song (Almeida Opera Festival, 1994). He has also written extensively for BBC Radio, beginning with his first play, Matter Permitted (1980).


Frankenstein (Shelley) (2011)
Lunch in Venice (2005)
The Turn of the Screw (James) (2005) Power(2003)
The Promise (Arbuzov) (2002)
The Villains’ Opera (2000)
Summerfolk (Gorky) (1999)
Zenobia (1995)
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Molière) (1992) The Last Days of Don Juan (Molina) (1990) In the Ruins(1989)
Food of Love (1988)
A Family Affair (Ostrovsky) (1988)
Pure Science (1986)
The Art of Success (1986)
Temptation (1984)


Poirot: Three Act Tragedy (2009) Poirot: Mrs McGinty’s Dead (2008) Poirot: Cards on the Table(2006) Poirot: The Hollow (2004)

Eroica (2003)
Byron (2003)
Cinderella (2000)
The Turn of the Screw (1999) The Gambler (1997)Persuasion (1995)


The Palace in the Sky (2000) Siren Song (1994)
A Family Affair (1993)

National Theatre, Olivier
National Theatre ‘Connections’ Season
Bristol Old Vic
National Theatre, Cottesloe
Tricycle Theatre
National Theatre, Olivier
National Theatre, Olivier South Bank Show Theatre Award RSC, Young Vic
National Theatre, Lyttleton
RSC, Swan
Bristol Old Vic
Theâtre de Complicité, Almeida
Cheek by Jowl, Donmar Theatre
RSC, The Other Place
RSC, The Other Place John Whiting Award
RSC, Barbican Pit

BBC Prix Italia BBC

Channel 4
Film Four Best European Film, Brussels
BBC BAFTA Award, Broadcasting Press Guild Award

ENO, Hackney Empire (music Jonathan Dove) Almeida Opera Festival (music Jonathan Dove) Almeida Opera Festival (music Julian Grant)

The Miracle of Reason

BBC Radio 3 BBC Radio 3 BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 3 BBC Radio 3

(2005) Swansong (music David Sawer, 1989)

Sony Award

Society of Authors Award

Free (1986)
Jonathan Wild (Fielding) (1985) Pure Science(1982)
Matter Permitted (1980)

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