Mark Ravenhill biography


Our new play Candide is a response to Voltaire's novel of the same name, by our Writer in Residence Mark Ravenhill.

Mark 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 adapted 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/ Wilton's Music Hall 2013); a new English version of The Coronation of Poppea (OperaUpClose, Kings Head Theatre, 2011).

Earlier this year his new translation of Brecht's A Life of Galileo played in the Swan Theatre.

Mark is also writing a new libretto for the Norwegian National Opera.


Mark Ravenhill

Swan Theatre
29 August - 26 October 2013

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