Samuel Adamson



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In Development

JACK MAGGS (State Theatre Company of South Australia)


WIFE (Kiln Theatre) 2019
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

GABRIEL (Barbican Hall and Saffron Hall) 2019
Starring Alison Balsom, dir. Dominic Dromgoole

RUNNING WILD (Chichester Festival Theatre/UK Tour) February – June 2017 (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) – 2016 (Chichester Festival Youth Theatre) – 2015
From the novel by Michael Morpurgo
Winner of UK Theatre Award for Best Play for Children and Young People 2015

HOARD FESTIVAL – MY NAME IS FREDA (New Vic Theatre, Stoke) 2015

UNCLE VANYA (West Yorkshire Playhouse) 2015
Dir. Mark Rosenblatt

THE LIGHT PRINCESS (National Theatre) 2013/14
Music and lyrics by Tori Amos, Book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson, dir. Marianne Elliott
Nominated for four Olivier Awards; Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Winner, Best Musical Performance (Rosalie Craig) + Nominee, Best New Musical; Nominated for six WhatsOnStage awards

GABRIEL (Shakespeare’s Globe) 2013
Starring Alison Balsom, dir. Dominic Dromgoole

Ostrovsky’s LARISA & THE MERCHANTS (Arcola Theatre) 2013
InSite Performance Company, dir. Jacqui Honess-Martin

Starring Tobias Menzies, dir. Rupert Goold

FRANK & FERDINAND (National Theatre Connections) 2011

URBAN SCRAWL – BOSTON MANOR (Theatre 503/TheatreVoice) 2009

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S 2009 (Colin Ingram Productions/Haymarket Theatre)
From the novel by Truman Capote, dir. Sean Matthias and starring Anna Friel

MRS AFFLECK (National Theatre) 2009
A new play from Ibsen’s LITTLE EYOLF, dir. Marianne Elliott

SOME KIND OF BLISS (Trafalgar Studios) 2007
Dir. Toby Frow, starring Lucy Briers

From the film by Pedro Almodóvar, dir. Tom Cairns, starring Diana Rigg, Lesley Manville
Winner of Whatsonstage Theatregoers’ Choice Best New Play Award 2008

CHAIN PLAY – final link (Almeida) 2007
Dir. Tom Cairns

SOUTHWARK FAIR (National Theatre) 2006
Dir. Nicholas Hytner, starring Margaret Tyzack, Rory Kinnear

FISH AND COMPANY (National Youth Theatre at Soho Theatre) 2006
Dir. Tessa Walker

Ibsen’s PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY (National Theatre) 2005
Dir. Marianne Elliott, starring Damian Lewis, Lesley Manville

Schnitzler’s PROFESSOR BERNHARDI (Dumbfounded at the Arcola) 2005
Dir. Mark Rosenblatt

PETRONELLA (24 Hour Plays, Old Vic) 2005
Dir. Indhu Rubasingham

Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE (Southwark Playhouse) 2003
Dir. Thea Sharrock

Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Oxford Stage Company Tour and Riverside Studios) 2003
Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Geraldine James

Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS (Oxford Stage Company Tour and Whitehall Theatre) 1999
Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Kelly Reilly, Claudie Blakely

DRINK, DANCE, LAUGH AND LIE (Bush Theatre) 1999
Dir. Angus Jackson

GRACE NOTE (Old Vic) 1997
Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Geraldine McEwan

CLOCKS AND WHISTLES (Bush Theatre) 1996
Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Kate Beckinsale, John Light


Schnitzler’s PROFESSOR BERNHARDI (Unique / BBC Radio 3) 2007

TOMORROW WEEK (Catherine Bailey Productions / BBC Radio 3) 2000
Dir. Simon Callow


Produced by Jonathan Bollier, Dir. Angus Jackson, starring Romola Garai

Samuel’s plays are published by Faber and Faber, with acting editions published by Samuel French. DECADE is published by Nick Hern Books. FRANK & FERDINAND is published by Methuen in CONNECTIONS 2011. CLOCKS AND WHISTLES and GRACE NOTE are published by Amber Lane Press. PROFESSOR BERNHARDI is published by Oberon. The Original Cast Album of THE LIGHT PRINCESS is available on Mercury Classics. A film of the original stage production of Gabriel is available on

Samuel writes a regular Substack newsletter called The Essence of the Thing at

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