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Nick Stafford is a British playwright and screenwriter who is best known for his work in the theater. He was born in 1959 in Staffordshire, England, and grew up in the Midlands. Stafford studied English and Drama at the University of Bristol, where he was awarded the prestigious Gregory Award for his playwriting.


Stafford's early plays were produced in small theaters in London and Bristol, but his breakthrough came in 1998 with his play "War Horse." Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, "War Horse" tells the story of a young boy and his beloved horse who are separated during World War I. The play was a critical and commercial success, and has since been produced in theaters around the world. It won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2008, and was adapted into a hit film directed by Steven Spielberg in 2011.
In addition to his work in the theater, Stafford has also written for television and film. He wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film "The Interpreter," which starred Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, and was directed by Sydney Pollack. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2017 film "Victoria & Abdul," which starred Judi Dench and was directed by Stephen Frears.
Stafford has continued to write for the theater, with his most recent play "The Snow Queen" premiering at the Bristol Old Vic in 2018. The play is a new adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and was directed by Tom Morris, who also directed "War Horse." The production received positive reviews, with critics praising Stafford's imaginative script and Morris's inventive staging.

Nick Stafford Awards and Nominations


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Drama Desk Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Play

Nick Stafford, War Horse


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Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Play

Nick Stafford, War Horse

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A TUPPERWARE OF ASHES, THE OTHER PLACE, and More Set For the National Theatre's Autumn Season

The National Theatre has announced two new productions for its South Bank stages this autumn: the world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s A Tupperware of Ashes in the Dorfman theatre, and a new play by Alexander Zeldin inspired by Antigone called The Other Place in the Lyttelton theatre.
Sleeping With Sirens to Play Nashville Headline Show on July 2

Ahead of multiple summer festival dates and a highly-anticipated fall tour, Sleeping With Sirens have announced a one-off headline show in Nashville, TN, at Marathon Music Works on July 2. Pre-sale tickets will be on sale Thursday, May 2, at 10am CT. Later this year, Sleeping With Sirens will be hitting the road on a tour in celebration of their second studio album, Let’s Cheers To This, featuring a full album playthrough every night.
Further Dates Added to UK Tour of WAR HORSE

New dates have been announced for the National Theatre’s production of War Horse, the theatrical event based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, which embarks on a major 18-month UK and Ireland tour from 5 September 2024, touring through to 2026.
National Theatre's WAR HORSE Will Embark on UK Tour Beginning September 2024

The National Theatre's production of War Horse will embark on a major 18-month UK Tour from 5 September 2024, touring through to 2026. Find out where you can catch the show here!
BWW Feature: National Theatre Live at Roxy's Downtown

It all started when Roxy’s Downtown was looking for ways to bring live theatre to our audiences during a global pandemic. We reached out to several different organizations, both nationally and internationally and an alliance was born. We are so happy to be bringing the following performances to you on our state-of-the-art projection system inside Roxy’s Downtown. With state-of-the-art filming techniques, tailored to every play, we bring you each performance as it happens, in all its glory. From close-ups that capture every flicker of emotion, to sweeping wide shots of the stage. There will be thousands of other people all around the world watching along with you. Sharing every gasp, every laugh, every dramatic moment. This is theatre for everyone. Call (316) 265-4400 to purchase tickets, or click here to purchase online.
KINKY BOOTS, WAR HORSE, 42ND STREET, and More to Stream as Part of Virtual Event Cinema

Cinemas across the country will offer virtual events where musicals, exhibitions, and more will be streamed beginning March 17. BY Experience has announced the Virtual Event Cinema initiative, which includes musicals such as Kinky Boots, War Horse, and 42nd Street.
Award-Winning Theater Returns to the Big Screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse This Winter!

The Ridgefield Playhouse is back, bringing award-winning theater to the big screen. London's National Theatre in HD will return with three encore in HD screenings as part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series. 
Verve Signs John Doyle, Nick Stafford, and More

Verve has expanded its presence in the theater space by signing a dozen new writers and directors to its theater team.
National Theatre's WAR HORSE Returns to Cinemas Next Month

The National Theatre's production of War Horse is headed back to cinemas! The run kicks off on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Remembrance Day.
One Week Left to Vote in the Theatre Fans' Choice Awards - View Live Standings and Vote Today!

Voting is now open for the 18th Annual Theater Fans' Choice Awards! The Theatre Fans' Choice Awards are the biggest New York Theatre Awards, where YOU, the fans, get to have your say.
Voting Open For The 18th Annual Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: Two Weeks Left to Vote!

Voting is now open for the 18th Annual Theater Fans' Choice Awards! The Theatre Fans' Choice Awards are the biggest New York Theatre Awards, where YOU, the fans, get to have your say.
Voting Open For The 18th Annual Theatre Fans' Choice Awards: Lea Salonga Leads Best Broadway Legend Category!

Voting is now open for the 18th Annual Theater Fans' Choice Awards! The Theatre Fans' Choice Awards are the biggest New York Theatre Awards, where YOU, the fans, get to have your say.
National Theatre Announces December 2019 �" June 2020 Lineup; ROMEO & JULIET, SEA SICK, and More!

The National Theatre has announced its upcoming lineup for December 2019 - June 2020.
National Theatre's WAR HORSE Makes Its Singapore Premiere

Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) and Esplanade a?" Theatres on the Bay have announced the joint presentation of the National Theatre's Tony Award-winning production of War Horse, which will take place from 24 April to 3 May 2020 at the Esplanade Theatre. Adapted by Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo's beloved novel, and directed by Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris, War Horse's Singapore premiere is part of its UK and International Tour 2019-20.
National Theatre Announces New Productions, Including Emma Rice and Tony Kushner Adaptations

The National Theatre has announced its productions on-sale for October 2019 a?' March 2020
The National Theatre Of Great Britain's Production of WAR HORSE Will Tour Australia In 2020

War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, based on Michael Morpurgo's beloved novel, will return to Australia in 2020. With seasons at Regent Theatre, Melbourne from 10 January; Lyric Theatre, Sydney from 15 February; and Crown Theatre, Perth from 24 March, Australians on both sides of the country get the chance to experience this breathtaking production.
WAR HORSE--An Unmissable Theatrical Feat--Must Close in Hong Kong Today, June 2

After a week of extended performances, the second UK and international touring company of the Tony-Award winning play WAR HORSE must close its Hong Kong leg today, June 2, 2019, at the Lyric Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts--the venue was packed to the rafters when we watched it last Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
WAR HORSE Debuts in Hong Kong; Show Runs Now Thru June 2

WAR HORSE, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, producers of the smash-hit production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," made its debut at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, with a star-studded gala premiere held Saturday, May 11. The gala night audience included invited VIPs, show sponsors, and a host of local celebrities such as Cecil Chao, Gigi Chao, Stephen Chan, Ankie Beilke, Vincci Cheuk, Sabrina Leung, Bianca Wu, Cheung Tat-Ming, Geoff Wong, Cecilia Yip, Rita Carpio, and Tony Cruz.
WAR HORSE Gallops Into Hong Kong--The Only Asian Stop in Its First International Tour

The National Theatre of Great Britain's critically-acclaimed 2007 stage production of 'War Horse,' which inspired Steven Spielberg's 2011 war drama film of the same name, extends its limited engagement at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai). Tickets to the performances from May 10 to June 2, 2019, are now on sale at HKTicketing.com.
National Theatre Announces Listings For May - October 2019

National Theatre has announced its listings for May - October 2019. Check out the full lineup below!

Nick Stafford FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Nick Stafford written?

Nick Stafford has written 1 shows including War Horse (Playwright).

What awards has Nick Stafford been nominated for?

Nick Stafford has been nominated for Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "War Horse" and for Best Play at the Tony Awards for "War Horse."

What awards has Nick Stafford won?

Nick Stafford has won the Outstanding Play at the Drama Desk Awards and Best Play at the Tony Awards for War Horse.

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