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Samuel Adamson

About Samuel Adamson

Samuel Adamson is a playwright and the 2024 Kevin Elyot writer-in-residence at Bristol University’s Theatre Collection. He writes a regular Substack newsletter on 20th century novels, ‘The Essence of Things’.

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 globeplayer.tv.

The Essence of the Thing can be found here: https://samueladamson.substack.com

In Development

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • JACK MAGGS
    • State Theatre Company of South Australia
    • Coming to Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre 15 Nov - 30 Nov 2024

Film

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • RUNNING FOR RIVER (2007)
    • Produced by Jonathan Bollier
    • Dir. Angus Jackson, starring Romola Garai

Theatre

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • THE BALLAD OF HATTIE & JAMES (2024)
    • Kiln Theatre
    • Dir. Richard Twyman
    • WIFE (2019)
    • Kiln Theatre
    • Dir. Indhu Rubasingham
    • GABRIEL (2019)
    • Barbican Hall and Saffron Hall)
    • Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Alison Balsom
    • RUNNING WILD (2015, 2016, 2017)
    • Chichester Festival Theatre/ UK Tour, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre
    • Dir. Dale Rooks, From the novel by Michael Morpurgo - Winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Play for Children and Young People 2015
    • HOARD FESTIVAL - MY NAME IS FREDA (2015)
    • New Vic Theatre, Stoke
    • Dir. Theresa Heskins
    • UNCLE VANYA (2015)
    • West Yorkshire Playhouse
    • Dir. Mark Rosenblatt
    • THE LIGHT PRINCESS (2013-14)
    • National Theatre
    • Dir. Marianne Elliot, music and lyrics by Tori Amos, book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson - 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 (2013)
    • Shakespeare's Globe
    • Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Alison Balsom
    • Ostrovsky's LARISA & THE MERCHANTS (2013)
    • Arcola Theatre
    • Dir. Jacqui Honess-Martin, InSite Performance Company
    • DECADE- RECOLLECTIONS OF SCOTT FORBES (2011)
    • Headlong
    • Dir. Rupert Goold, starring Tobias Menzies
    • FRANK & FERDINAND (2011)
    • National Theatre Connections
    • Dir. Annemarie McPeake
    • URBAN SCRAWL - BOSTON MANOR (2009)
    • Theatre 503/ TheatreVoice
    • Dir. Tim Roseman
    • BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (2009)
    • Colin Ingram Productions/ Haymarket Theatre
    • Dir. Sean Matthias, from the novel by Truman Capote, starring Anna Friel
    • MRS AFFLECK (2009)
    • National Theatre
    • Dir. Marianne Elliott, a new play from Ibsen's LITTLE EYOLF
    • SOME KIND OF BLISS (2007)
    • Trafalgar Studios
    • Dir. Toby Frow, starring Lucy Briers
    • ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (2007)
    • The Old Vic
    • Dir. Tom Cairns, from the film by Pedro Almadovar, starring Diana Rigg, Lesley Mannville - Winner of WhatsOnStage Theatregoers' Choice Best New Play Award 2008
    • CHAIN PLAY - Final Link (2007)
    • Almeida Theatre
    • Dir. Tom Cairns
    • SOUTHWARK FAIR (2006)
    • National Theatre
    • Dir. Nicholas Hytner, starring Margaret Tyzack, Rory Kinnear
    • FISH AND COMPANY (2006)
    • National Youth Theatre at Soho Theatre
    • Dir. Teresa Walker
    • Ibsen's PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY (2005)
    • National Theatre
    • Dir. Marianne Elliott, starring Damian Lewis, Lesley Manville
    • Schnitzler's PROFESSOR BERNHARDI (2005)
    • Dumbfounded at the Arcola
    • Dir. Mark Rosenblatt
    • PETRONELLA (24 Hour Plays, 2005)
    • The Old Vic
    • Dir. Indhu Rubasingham
    • Ibsen's A DOLL’S HOUSE (2003)
    • Southwark Playhouse
    • Dir. Thea Sharrock
    • Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD (2003)
    • Oxford Stage Company Tour and Riverside Studio
    • Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Geraldine James
    • Chekhov's THREE SISTERS (1999)
    • Oxford Stage Company Tour and Whitehall Theatre
    • Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Kelly Reilly, Claudie Blakely
    • DRINK, DANCE, LAUGH AND LIE (1999)
    • Bush Theatre
    • Dir. Angus Jackson
    • GRACE NOTE (1997)
    • The Old Vic
    • Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Geraldine McEwan
    • CLOCKS AND WHISTLES (1996)
    • Bush Theatre
    • Dir. Dominic Dromgoole, starring Kate Beckinsale, John Light

Audio

    • Production
    • Company
    • Notes
    • Unique/ BBC Radio 3
    • Catherine Bailey Productions/ BBC Radio 3
    • Dir. Simon Callow