David Hare
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David Hare

David Hare has written over thirty stage plays and thirty screenplays for film and television. The plays include PlentyPravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret RaptureRacing DemonSkylightAmy’s ViewThe Blue RoomVia DolorosaStuff HappensThe Absence of WarThe Judas KissThe Red BarnThe Moderate SopranoI’m Not Running and Beat the Devil. For cinema, he has written The Hours, The ReaderDamageDenialWetherby and The White Crow among others, while his television films include Licking Hitler, the Worricker TrilogyCollateral and Roadkill. In a millennial poll of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, five of the top hundred were his.

David Hare was born and raised in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. Educated at Lancing College, an independent school, he later studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was Hiring Manager for the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club Committee.
Hare co-founded Portable Theatre Company, acting, directing and writing plays.
Slag was first produced in London at the Hampstead Theatre Club, then at the Royal Court Theatre and New York Shakespeare Festival 1971. Hare was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1970-1 and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse in 1973.
Co-founded Joint Stock Theatre Group with David Aukin and Max Stafford-Clark, for whom he adapted Fanshen, which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.
Hare's play Plenty was produced at the National Theatre, followed by A Map of the World in 1983, and Pravda in 1985, co-written with Howard Brenton.
Hare founded a film company called Greenpoint Films in 1982, and has written screenplays such as Wetherby, Strapless and Paris by Night.
David Hare became the Associate Director of the National Theatre.
The Bay at Nice premieres at the National Theatre, revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2019. The Secret Rapture followed in 1988, and would be adapted for film in 1994.
The first of Hare's trilogy of plays about major British institutions, Racing Demon, premiered, followed by Murmuring Judges and The Absence of War.
Hare has also written teleplays such as Heading Home (also directed), My Zinc Bed (2008), Collateral (2018) and Roadkill (2020).
Murmuring Judges, the second of Hare's trilogy examining Great British institutions, premieres at the National Theatre.
David Hare's archive – consisting of drafts, notes, scripts, schedules, photographs and correspondence, as well as published texts and translations – is purchased by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Skylight premieres at the National Theatre, directed by Richard Eyre, winning New York Drama Critics' Circle award as Best Foreign Play. Starring Michael Gambon and Lia Williams, both actors were nominated for Tony Awards.
Member of the jury at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.
Hare was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for Via Dolorosa.
Hare wrote the screenplay for The Hours, adapted from the novel by John Cunningham, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Presenting a lecture series on arts and politics, Hare's Obedience, Struggle, and Revolt questions the role of the theatre and playwright.
Hare adapts Bernhard Schlink's The Reader and receives his second Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
In December 2011, it was announced that his monologue Wall about the Israeli West Bank barrier was being adapted by Cam Christiansen as a documentary by the National Film Board of Canada. Wall premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2017.
David Hare writes Beat the Devil, the first play about the experience of COVID 19, and directs the film, for release on Sky Arts in November 2021
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Artist-in-residence David Hare | The New School for Drama
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Artist-in-residence David Hare | The New School for Drama
Artist-in-residence David Hare | The New School for Drama
Praise for David Hare

‘Our best writer of contemporary drama.’

Sunday Times
Praise for David Hare

‘Britain’s greatest living playwright.’

Mail on Sunday
Praise for David Hare

‘The foremost theatrical chronicler of contemporary British life.’

New York Times
Praise for David Hare

‘The premiere political dramatist writing in English.’

Washington Post