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Lucy Prebble is a British playwright and television writer known for her sharp wit and incisive social commentary. Born in Surrey in 1981, Prebble began writing plays as a teenager and went on to study English at the University of Sheffield. After graduation, she worked as a television researcher before turning to writing full-time.
Prebble's breakthrough play, "The Sugar Syndrome," premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2003. The play, which explores the relationship between a teenage girl with an eating disorder and a pedophile she meets online, was praised for its nuanced treatment of difficult subject matter and its deft blend of humor and pathos.
In 2007, Prebble's play "ENRON" premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre before transferring to the Royal Court and then to the West End and Broadway. The play, which tells the story of the rise and fall of the energy company Enron, was a critical and commercial success, earning Prebble numerous awards and nominations, including a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.
In addition to her work in the theatre, Prebble has also made a name for herself as a television writer. She wrote for the popular British series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl," which starred Billie Piper as a high-end escort, and created the acclaimed drama series "The Hour," which aired on the BBC from 2011 to 2012. The show, which starred Ben Whishaw and Romola Garai, was set in a 1950s newsroom and explored issues of politics, gender, and social change.
More recently, Prebble has written for the hit HBO series "Succession," which follows the dysfunctional Roy family as they navigate the cutthroat world of media and politics. Prebble joined the show as a writer and executive producer in its second season, and her contributions have been widely praised for their wit, intelligence, and emotional depth.
In addition to her work in theatre and television, Prebble has also written for radio and film. Her radio play "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" was adapted into a television series by the BBC, and her screenplay for the film "A Very Expensive Poison," based on the true story of the assassination of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, is currently in development.

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Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think of THE EFFECT, Starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell?

Lucy Prebble’s critically acclaimed play has returned to the National Theatre in a bold new production directed by Jamie Lloyd. What did the critics think of the revival?

Review: THE EFFECT, National Theatre

Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell mesmerise in Prebble's fascinating yet flawed play

NEXT TO NORMAL Leads Our Top Ten London Shows For August

The weather may have forgotten that it's summer, but at BroadwayWorld we are still excited about what the theatre world has to offer. For those of you not lucky enough to be heading to Edinburgh, August in the capital has some brilliant theatre to look forward to.

Review: THE EFFECT at Coal Mine Theatre

In asking the persistent questions of how much of what we consider love, the personality, and even the soul is of our own making, and how much is just chemical, Mitchell Cushman’s searing production immediately gets under your skin, and it’s no placebo.

A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON Comes to the New Theatre in August

A Very Expensive Poison comes to the New Theatre in August. Performances run 15 August - 16 September 2023.

Video: MGM+ Debuts THE WINTER KING Trailer

THE WINTER KING is based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles series. Produced by Sony Pictures Television-owned Bad Wolf, filming took place in Wales and the West Country.  Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials) serves as lead director and executive producer, alongside Toby Leslie. Watch the video trailer now!

LOOKING FOR GIANTS to be Presented at Edinburgh Fringe in August

Looking for Giants will be presented at Edinburgh Fringe in August.

Theatre & Film Producer Patrick Daly's Caledonia Productions Signs First-look Deal With Fremantle's Passenger

Acclaimed theatre and film producer Patrick Daly and his production house Caledonia Productions (August: Osage County, UNA) has signed a first-look deal with Passenger, which is headed by its founder Richard Brown (This England, True Detective, Catch-22).

LOOKING FOR GIANTS Will Preview At Camden People's Theatre

Looking for Giants is a new play that follows one young woman's quest for self-discovery as she attempts to separate fantasy from reality - then questions if she should even try when her fantasies are so much more alluring and exciting.

THE EFFECT Comes to Coal Mine Theatre in July

Concluding COAL MINE THEATRE’s buzzy first season in their new home at 2076 Danforth Avenue – award-winning director Mitchell Cushman returns to the east end to direct the Canadian premiere of UK writer Lucy Prebble’s Critics Circle award-winning THE EFFECT – on stage July 9 – 30 (Media night: July 13).

Nicole Scherzinger Will Lead New Production of SUNSET BOULEVARD in the West End

Nicole Scherzinger will star as Norma Desmond in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. With book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film, this bold new vision of the musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will play for a strictly limited 16 week run at the Savoy Theatre in the West End.

New Theatre Launches Season 2023 Next Month

In July/August, New Theatre presenting the world premiere of Off the Record by Sydney writer Chris Aronsten to kick off its 2023 season. Learn more about the full lineup here!

Director and Writer Adam Brace Dies Aged 43

Director and writer Adam Brace has died at the age of 43 after a short illness. There will be an event in his memory with further details to follow.

National Theatre Will Present Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES From Dave Malloy and More

The National Theatre has announced two new productions, Roald Dahl's The Witches, in a co-production with the Roald Dahl Story Company, and The Effect, in association with The Jamie Lloyd Company.

Good Apples Collective To Present CITYSCRAPE This May

Good Apples Collective and Gillian Fu has announced that the Collective's first production will be an Equity Approved Showcase Production of cityscrape.

SUCCESSION Premiere Draws 2.3 Million Viewers; New Series High For Its Fourth And Final Season

The season four debut of SUCCESSION garnered 2.3 million viewers across HBO Max and linear telecasts, marking a series high. Total viewing for Sunday night was up 62% compared to last season’s premiere (1.4M) and 33% compared to last season’s finale (1.7M), with season 3 episodes going on to average 7.2 million viewers per episode.

VIDEO: HBO Releases Trailer For The Fourth And Final Season Of SUCCESSION

Succession, created by Jesse Armstrong, explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Connor (Alan Ruck). Watch the new video trailer now!

Prestige HBO Drama SUCCESSION To Conclude With Season Four

The award-winning hit HBO series Succession will conclude with its upcoming fourth season according to the show's creator, Jesse Armstrong.

SUCCESSION Returns For Its Fourth Season In March

SUCCESSION explores themes of power and family dynamics through the eyes of patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his four grown children, Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Siobhan (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Connor (Alan Ruck). Watch the teaser trailer video for the upcoming season now!

I HATE SUZIE TOO Returns For A Special Three-Episode Second Season

Child star turned actress Suzie Pickles (Billie Piper) has a new agent, new PR and a new job – dancing for likes on “Dance Crazee,” a reality TV competition that has the Saturday night audience hooked. Having lost everyone that matters to her, Suzie returns to her first love – the public. Watch the new video trailer now!


Lucy Prebble has written 3 shows including Enron (Playwright), The Effect (Playwright), A Very Expensive Poison (Playwright).

Lucy Prebble has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Best Play at the Evening Standard Awards for her work on "The Effect." Additionally, she received a nomination for Best New Play at the Olivier Awards for "Enron." Prebble was also recognized for her contribution to the theater industry with a nomination for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "Enron." Furthermore, she received a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer in an Affiliate Theatre at the Olivier Awards for "The Sugar Syndrome."

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