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Lolita Chakrabarti



Katie Haines

Lolita Chakrabarti OBE is an award-winning actress and writer. She trained at RADA and has been working as an actor on stage and screen for over thirty years.

Her writing work includes –


HYMN, live-streamed and performed live at the Almeida Theatre, London 2021

Also shown on Sky Arts

Adaptation of LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel  World premiere at Crucible Theatre,
Sheffield, July 2019. Transferring to Wyndhams, London in 2021

Awards: WhatsonStage Best New Play 2019, UK Theatre Award for Best New Play, Cameo Book to Stage 2020


Adaptation of INVISIBLE CITIES by Italo Calvino
World premiere at Mayfields, Manchester International Festival and Brisbane Festival 2019
A  collaboration with digital projectionist 59Productions, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and twenty two dancers from Rambert.


Tricycle Theatre, London 2012 and 2004
St Anne’s Warehouse, New York 2014
Garrick Theatre, London 2016
To date there have been over 30 productions worldwide.
Awards: Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award Most Promising Playwright Award 2012; Critics Circle Award in 2013 for Most Promising Playwright; AWA Award 2013 for Arts and Culture; Nominations for Whatsonstage Awards 2013 for London Newcomer of the Year & Best New Play; Nomination for an Olivier Award 2013 for Best Play in an Affiliate Theatre.


THE GREATEST WEALTH – 2018 Old Vic Theatre, London
Curated by Lolita. A series of 8 monologues celebrating the NHS’ 70th birthday including SPEEDY GONZALEZ by Lolita Chakrabarti


LAST SEEN – JOY – 2009 Almeida Theatre/Slung Low


Dramaturg on MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE directed and choreographed by Kate Prince for ZooNation and Sadlers Wells


Adrian Lester and Lolita Chakrabarti : A Working Diary published by Bloomsbury in 2020


PUT MY NAME IN LIGHTS – 2020 a monologue for BBC Radio 4

RED VELVET – 2014 Saturday drama BBC Radio 4

THE GODDESS – 2006 Woman’s Hour serial BBC Radio 4


Lolita produced OF MARY, a short film, directed by Adrian Lester

Awards:  Best Short Film at PAFF, Los Angeles 2012, nomination for Best Producers at Underwire 2012


In Development


CALMER (Birmingham Rep)


THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER  (White Dog Productions)

Adaptations for the National Theatre and RSC

Dramaturg for SYLVIA for the Old Vic and Kate Prince


SAVING MISSY (Buccaneer Media)



RED VELVET the film (Kenneth Branagh)



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