British Playwright Arnold Wesker Dies at 83
Variety reports that British playwright Arnold Wesker, whose works include "Chips with Everything" and "Chicken Soup with Barley", has died at the age of 83.
Wesker was the author of 50 plays, 4 volumes of short stories, 2 volumes of essays, a book on journalism, a children's book, extensive journalism, poetry and other assorted writings. His plays have been translated into many languages and performed worldwide.
In 1958 he received grant of GB£ 300 for the play Chicken Soup from the Arts Council of Great Britain. The following year he won the Evening Standard Theatre Award in the "Most Promising Playwright" category. He was presented with the Italian Marzotto Prize in 1964 for Their Very Own and Golden City and the Spanish Best Foreign Play Award in 1979. He became the fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1985 and was presented with the Goldie Award in 1987.
For his "distinguished service to theatre" he was honoured with the Last Frontier Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He was knighted in the 2006 New Year's Honours list.
A partial listing of his work follows:
Four Portraits - Of Mothers, 1982
Annie Wobbler, 1982
The Merchant, 1983
Say Goodbye: You May Never See Them Again, 1983 (with Josh Allin)
Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon?, 1986
When God Wanted a Son, 1986
Lady Othello, 1987
Little Old Lady & Shoeshine, 1987
Badenheim 1939, 1987
The Mistress, 1988
Beorhtel's Hill, 1988 (community play for Basildon)
Men Die Women Survive, 1990
Letter To A Daughter, 1990
Blood Libel, 1991
Wild Spring, 1992
The Confession, 1993
Circles of Perception, 1996
Break, My Heart, 1997
The King's Daughters, 1998
THE KITCHEN Musical, 2000
Groupie, 2001 ISBn 1849437416
Letter to Myself, 2004
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