Top 20 Playwright celebrities in England
Here is the latest list of the world's top 20 Playwright celebrities [Updated March 26, 2023].
Rupert Holmes was born
on February 24, 1947
His first novel, 2003's Where the Truth Lies, was adapted into a film directed by Atom Egoyan
Net Worth 2020: $20 Million
Willy Russell was born
on August 23, 1947
in Liverpool, England.
He received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for both Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.
Net Worth 2020: $10 Million
Michael Frayn was born
on September 8, 1933
His 2000 play Copenhagen won a Tony Award for Best Play.
Noel Coward was born
on December 16, 1899
He wrote numerous musicals, musical revues, and operettas, as well as plays.
Peter Brook was born
on March 21, 1925
He won Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play for 1966's Marat/Sade and 1971's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Joe Orton was born
on January 1, 1933
He wrote the screenplay Up Against It for The Beatles, although it was never produced.
Polly Stenham was born
on July 16, 1986
Her play That Face won her awards from the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and from the Theatrical Management Association for Best New Play.
Julia Donaldson was born
on September 16, 1948
in London, England.
She won a 2005 British Book Award for The Gruffalo's Child, the sequel to her 1999 book The Gruffalo.
Harold Pinter was born
on October 10, 1930
His best known play is The Birthday Party, which is about piano player Stanley Webber.
Alfred Douglas was born
on October 22, 1870
Best remembered for his romantic association with the renowned Irish playwright and fiction writer Oscar Wilde, he also had a career as a writer in his on right, publishing such poetry collections as The City of the Soul and The Placid Pug. His memoir, The Autobiography of Lord Alfred Douglas, was published in 1931.
His poem 'Two Loves' was used by the prosecution in the 1895 sodomy trial of Oscar Wilde.
William Shakespeare was born
on April 23, 1564
in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
His influence on the English language far exceeds that of any other literary figure. Some of his original phrases include "dead as a doornail," "a sorry sight," "foul play," "hot-blooded," and "in a pickle."
William Gilbert was born
on November 18, 1836
Famed dramatist and librettist whose comic operettas with composer Arthur Sullivan include The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance. As a playwright of non-musical works, he is known for Pygmalion and Galatea, The Wicked World, and Broken Hearts.
His popular operettas introduced many new phrases, including "let the punishment fit the crime," into to the English language.
William Cartwright was born
on September 1, 0
He is sometimes classified as a Son of Ben, which is a member of a group of 17th-century comedic playwrights who wrote in the style of Ben Jonson.
William Congreve was born
on January 24, 0
He was involved in politics as a member of the Whig party.
Saunders Lewis was born
on October 15, 1893
He was nominated for the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Sarah Kane was born
on February 3, 1971
in Essex, England.
Suffering from severe depression, she committed suicide at the age of twenty-eight.
Robert Greene was born
on July 11, 0
His 1589 play, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, was quite popular in its time.
John Osbourne was born
on December 12, 1929
He wrote Look Back in Anger in seventeen days in a deck chair on Morecambe pier.
Colley Cibber was born
on November 6, 0
He was widely ridiculed in his time for being a sub-par playwright and poet and a laughable dramatic actor.
Alan Ayckbourn was born
on April 12, 1939
He served as director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 1972 to 2009.