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Mike Bartlett is a British playwright, screenwriter, and director who is known for his works that explore contemporary issues and relationships. He was born in 1980 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and studied English and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds.
Bartlett began his career as a playwright in 2004 with his play "My Child," which was produced at the Bristol Old Vic. He gained critical acclaim in 2007 with his play "Contractions," which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The play, which explores the dehumanizing effects of corporate culture, was later produced off-Broadway in New York City.
In 2010, Bartlett wrote "Earthquakes in London," which premiered at the National Theatre in London. The play, which deals with climate change and the interconnectedness of people's lives, was praised for its ambitious scope and innovative staging.
Bartlett's most famous work is "King Charles III," which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London in 2014 before transferring to the West End and then to Broadway. The play imagines a future in which Prince Charles becomes King of England and refuses to sign a controversial bill into law, leading to a constitutional crisis. "King Charles III" won the Olivier Award for Best New Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.
In addition to his work as a playwright, Bartlett has also written for television. He wrote the BBC drama series "Doctor Foster," which premiered in 2015 and starred Suranne Jones as a woman who discovers that her husband is having an affair. The series was a critical and commercial success and won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama Series.
Bartlett has also written several other television dramas, including "The Town" and "Press." He has also written for the popular science fiction series "Doctor Who," contributing an episode to the show's ninth season.
In 2017, Bartlett wrote "Albion," which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London. The play, which explores themes of nostalgia and national identity, was well-received by critics and audiences alike.
Bartlett's most recent work is the television series "Life," which premiered on BBC One in 2020. The series, which stars Alison Steadman and Peter Davison, follows the interconnected lives of a group of people living in a large house in Manchester.

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Evening Standard Awards - 2014 - Best Play

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Lyric Hammersmith Reveals 2024-25 Season, Including Revival of OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD and More!

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its new 2024/2025 season, featuring a revival of the Olivier Award-winning play Our Country’s Good. Learn more about the full season here!

Full Cast Announced For Deafinitely Theatre's World Première Of THE PROMISE 

Deafinitely Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre have announced the full cast for the world première of The Promise written by Deafinitely Theatre's Artistic Director Paula Garfield and Melissa Mostyn. The Promise is a new play also directed by Garfield in the company's renowned highly visual style combining British Sign Language and Spoken English.

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN Opens February 9 at the Moving Arts Theater in Atwater Village

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN: A unique and innovative adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel, brought to life with master puppetry and masks. Join Huck and Jim on their journey down the Mississippi River. Opening February 9th at Moving Arts Theater.

Mitch And Murray Productions Presents The Canadian Premiere Of AN INTERVENTION At Performance Works

Mitch and Murray Productions will present the Canadian premiere of An Intervention from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 17, 2024 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

Review: LOVE LOVE LOVE at Studio Theatre

British playwright Mike Bartlett, born in 1980, takes up the legacy of London’s swinging 60s in his play Love Love Love currently running in a sharp, well-acted production at Studio Theatre.

US Premiere of THE HUNT Starring Tobias Menzies to Begin in February at St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann’s Warehouse is presenting the U.S. premiere of the Almeida Theatre production ofThe Hunt, a blistering thriller catapulting audiences into some of today’s thorniest questions surrounding mob justice and forgiveness.

Robert Bathurst Returns to JEFFREY BERNARD IS UNWELL at the Coach and Horses Pub

Laughter, Legends, Lock-in! Robert Bathurst returns to star in the immersive production of 'Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell' at the Coach and Horses pub in Soho. Don't miss this critically acclaimed show!

Harry Lennix and Tamara Tunie Join the Cast of Steppenwolf's PURPOSE

Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The DC Universe) and Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU, I Wanna Dance with Somebody) will join the cast of its world premiere of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Purpose.

Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw Will Lead WAITING FOR GODOT at Theatre Royal Haymarket

A new production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot will open at next year, directed by James Macdonald and starring Lucian Msamati (Estragon) and Ben Whishaw (Vladimir), with further casting to be announced. The production opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket in September 2024 and will play a strictly limited run.

ABCD (AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI) Extends for 3 More Performances

ABCD (American Born Confused Desi) extends its run for three additional performances on December 1 and December 2.

Mitch and Murray Productions Receives $10,000 Donation from TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

Mitch and Murray Productions received a donation from TELUS Friendly Future Foundation.

Cast and Creative Team Announced for ABCD (AMERICAN BORN CONFUSED DESI) at Greenway Arts Alliance

Greenway Arts Alliance announces the cast and creative team for 'ABCD (American Born Confused Desi)' written by Lily Abha Cratsley and directed by J. Mehr Kaur. The production runs from November 11-19, 2023 at Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.

FANGIRLS, MINORITY REPORT, and More Set For Lyric Hammersmith's Spring/Summer 2024 Season

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its Spring/Summer 2024 Season, opening April 2024 with Minority Report. Learn more about the full season and how to get tickets here!

Rose Bruford College Reveals and Celebrates This Year's Fellows and Honorary Fellows

Rose Bruford College has announced this year’s Fellows and Honorary Fellows including renowned actors Toby Jones and Sam Palladio, all of whom were celebrated at the 2023 graduation ceremonies. Learn more about the fellows here!

Paul Chahidi and Paul Ready Join TWELFTH NIGHT: FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY at Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced further casting for Twelfth Night: For One Night Only. Learn more about the production and find out who is starring in it here!

Podcast Review: HOW TO WRITE A PLAY WITH MIKE BARTLETT

Are you a budding writer not sure where to begin? Perhaps you’ve managed to get something onto the page, but don’t have any theatre contacts to proceed further. Or maybe you’re a bit nervous about offending someone and ending your writing career before it even gets going.

Studio Theatre Announces Diverse Directors Slate For 2023-2024 Season

Studio Theatre's next season will feature the talents of six accomplished and exciting directors, Elena Araoz, Taylor Reynolds, David Muse, Tom Story, Sivan Battat, and Psalmayene 24, who will bring unique and compelling perspectives to the stage.

New L.A. Company Witch Hunt Theatre's CONTRACTIONS Opens at the Broadwater

Witch Hunt Theatre Company presents Contractions by Mike Bartlett (Cock, King Charles III), as the company’s inaugural production. Contractions is an ink Black comedy about the boundaries between work and play.

Chicago Shakespeare Welcomes New Artistic and Executive Leadership to Drive Innovation and Creativity in Theater

Chicago Shakespeare is welcoming new artistic and executive leadership, who are set to bring fresh ideas, innovation, and creativity to the theater scene. Prepare to be amazed by the exciting changes happening at Chicago Shakespeare.

Photos: First Look at Greenwich Theatre's VINCENT RIVER in Rehearsal

Rehearsal photos have been released for Greenwich Theatre’s revival of Philip Ridley’s shattering hate-crime drama Vincent River. Check them out here!

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Mike Bartlett has written 3 shows including Cock (Playwright), Chariots of Fire (Playwright), Love, Love, Love (Playwright).

Mike Bartlett has been nominated for several awards for his play "King Charles III." These include Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play at the Drama League Awards, Outstanding New Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Play at the Tony Awards, and Best Play at the Evening Standard Awards.

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