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Peter Oswald

About Peter Oswald

Widely lauded as one of England’s most daring and innovative playwrights, Peter has written over twenty-five plays produced at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal National Theatre, the Apollo Theatre, the Lyric Studio Theatre, the Gate Theatre, the Finborough Theatre and numerous other venues. He was writer-in-residence at the Globe from 1998-2005; and his version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, went from the Donmar Warehouse to the West End and Broadway. Peter specialises in plays written in verse form, welding his deep knowledge of classical literature and dramaturgy to a sharply modern sensibility. His plays and books of poetry have been published by Oxford University Press, Oberon Books, and New Generation Publishing.

Peter Oswald was a founding member of Columbina Theatre Company, based in Devon; he has been Writer in Residence at Dartington Hall, Devon, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. He was a Writer in Residence at the Finborough Theatre, London.

Plays published:

By Oberon Books: Augustine’s Oak, The Golden Ass, Odysseus, Ramayana, Mary Stuart, The Storm.

By Methuen: Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards.

By Oxford University Press: Don Carlos and Mary Stuart.

Poetry

Peter has done poetry performances in venues including: The Rose Theatre, Southwark, 2004, South West Storytelling Festival, 2004, Crown Hill Fort, Plymouth, 2004, Globe Theatre 2005, The Barrel House, Totnes, 2006, Truckles Wine Bar, Bloomsbury, Blue Stage, Devon, 2007, York Minster (Jorvik Festival) 2010, Folger Theatre Washington with Simon Armitage, 2015, Hay Festival, 2016, Royal Drawing School (ongoing)

Poems Published:

Dyad (with Sean Borodale) – Isinglass Press 2003

Weyland, with Oberon Books, 2008

Village, joint pamphlet with Alice Oswald, 2009

Performance, joint pamphlet with Alice Oswald 2011

A Reply to the Light, published by Bright Pen Books, 2012

Sonnets of Various Sizes, with Shearsman, 2016

 

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Theatre

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • DMITRY
    • Marylebone Theatre
    • CYRANO
    • Bristol Old Vic
    • LUCIFER SAVED
    • The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre, Camden
    • THE WORLD AT YOUR FEET
    • Barbican Theatre, Theatre Royal, and the community
    • SHORT SHRIFTS
    • The Tobacco Factory/ Soho Theatre English Theatre Berlin
    • THE GODODDIN
    • Ruskin Mills Trust, Glasshouse Theatre
    • I HAVE SPOKEN
    • Theatre Forum Kreutzburg, Berlin
    • THE TEMPLE
    • Ruskin Mills Trust, Glasshouse Theatre
    • CATHERINE
    • Lewinsky Centre, Plymouth
    • MARY STUART
    • Donmar Wharehouse 2005, Apollo Theatre 2005-6 Amherst Theatre, NYC 2009 Many others, including in Japanese and Swedish translations
    • Dir Phyllida Lloyd
    • THE STORM
    • Globe Theatre
    • Adaptation Plautus’ ‘Rudens’
    • BLIGHTY
    • Barbican Theatre Plymouth
    • WHITE CRANE TO LITANG
    • Barn Theatre Dartington 2003 Dorchester Arts Centre 2004
    • ASH
    • Civic Hall Totnes Barn Theatre Dartington
    • THE SHY MAN
    • RADA
    • Adaptation of Tirso de Molina
    • THE GOLDEN ASS
    • Globe Theatre
    • Based on Apuleius
    • RAMAYANA
    • Birmingham Rep 2000 National Theatre 2001
    • Based on the Hindu epic
    • AUGUSTINE'S OAK
    • Globe Theatre
    • ODYSSEYUS
    • Gate Theatre and tour
    • THE PRISONER'S EASTER
    • HMP Channings Wood
    • PHAEDRA
    • Battersea Arts Centre 1998
    • Translation of Racine’s ‘Phedre’
    • SHAKUNTALA
    • Gate Theatre
    • Adaptation of Sanskrit play
    • DONA ROSITA
    • Almeida
    • Adpatation of play by Lorca
    • FAIR LADIES AT A GAME OF POEM CARDS
    • National Theatre
    • Barka Theatre, Budapest Court Theatre Chicago Royal Theatre, Copenhagen
    • THE HOUSE OF DESIRES
    • Battersea Arts Centre
    • Adaptation of a play by Sor Juana Inez de La Cruz
    • DON JUAN
    • Battersea Arts Centre
    • Adaptation of play by Tirso de Molina
    • OEDIPUS TYRANNOS
    • Bridge End Theatre, Battersea
    • Adaptation of play by Sophocles
    • DON CARLOS
    • Lyric Studio Hammersmith
    • Adaptation of play by Schiller
    • VALODRAMA
    • Latchmere Theatre, Battersea
    • ALLBRIGHT
    • Turtle Key Arts Centre, Fulham
    • THE SWANSONG OF IVANHOE WASTEWAY
    • Edinburgh Fringe 1987 and 1989 Brain Club, Soho, 1990