Christopher Hampton at the Odessa International Film Festival, 2016
Christopher James Hampton|
26 January 1946
Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal
|Occupation||Playwright, screenwriter, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Laura de Holesch (1971–present)|
Christopher James Hampton, CBE, FRSL (born 26 January 1946) is a British playwright, screenwriter, translator and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.
Hampton was born in Faial, Azores, to British parents Dorothy Patience (née Herrington) and Bernard Patrick Hampton, a marine telecommunications engineer for Cable & Wireless. His father's job led the family to settle in Aden and Alexandria in Egypt and later Hong Kong and Zanzibar. The Suez Crisis in 1956 necessitated that the family flee under cover of darkness, leaving their possessions behind.
After a prep school at Reigate in Surrey, Hampton attended the independent boarding school Lancing College near the village of Lancing in West Sussex at the age of 13, where he won house colours for boxing and distinguished himself as a sergeant in the CCF. Fellow dramatist David Hare was a school contemporary; poet Harry Guest was a teacher.
Hampton became involved in the theatre while at Oxford University where OUDS performed his play When Did You Last See My Mother?, about adolescent homosexuality, reflecting his own experiences at Lancing. Hampton sent the work to the play agent Peggy Ramsay, who interested William Gaskill in it. The play was performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and that production soon transferred to the Comedy Theatre, resulting in Hampton, in 1966, becoming the youngest writer to have a play performed in the West End in the modern era. From 1968 to 1970, he worked as the Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre, and also as the company's literary manager.
Hampton won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1988 for the screen adaptation of his play Dangerous Liaisons. He was nominated again in 2007 for adapting Ian McEwan's novel Atonement.
Hampton's translation into English of Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay's Austrian musical Rebecca, based on Daphne du Maurier's book, was supposed to premiere on Broadway in 2012; however, the future of this production is uncertain as of January 2013. The scheduled production became mired in scandal when "several investors were revealed to be concoctions of a rainmaking middleman."
Musicals (Book and lyrics)Edit
- 1993 – Sunset Boulevard with Don Black (Book & Lyrics), for Andrew Lloyd Webber
- 2001 & 2004 – Dracula, The Musical with Don Black (Book & Lyrics), for Frank Wildhorn
- 2012 – Rebecca (musical) (Book & Lyrics, translated from German)
- 2013 – Stephen Ward the Musical with Don Black (Book & Lyrics), for Andrew Lloyd Webber
- 1977 – Tales from the Vienna Woods, Ödön von Horváth
- 1982 – The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H. from the novella by George Steiner
- 1983 – Tartuffe, Molière
- 1985 – Les Liaisons Dangereuses from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos for the Royal Shakespeare Company
- 1993 – Sunset Boulevard for Andrew Lloyd Webber
- 2001 & 2004 – Dracula, The Musical for Frank Wildhorn
- 2006 – Embers from the novel by Sándor Márai
- 2009 – The Age of the Fish (in German Jugend ohne Gott) from the novel by Ödön von Horváth for the Theater in der Josefstadt
- 1973 – A Doll's House (adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play, directed by Patrick Garland)
- 1977 – Able's Will (screenwriter; directed by Stephen Frears) for the BBC
- 1979 – Tales from the Vienna Woods (screenwriter; directed by Maximilian Schell)
- 1981 – The History Man (adaptation of the Malcolm Bradbury novel for the BBC
- 1983 – Beyond the Limit (screenwriter)
- 1984 – The Honorary Consul (adaptation of the Graham Greene novel)
- 1986 – The Wolf at the Door (screenwriter)
- 1986 – Hotel du Lac (adaptation of the novel by Anita Brookner)
- 1986 – The Good Father (screenwriter) based on a novel by Peter Prince
- 1986 – Arriving Tuesday (producer)
- 1988 – Dangerous Liaisons (play author/screenwriter/ co-producer) directed by Stephen Frears)
- 1989 – Tales from Hollywood (adaptation of his play for the BBC)
- 1989 – The Ginger Tree (adaptation of the Oswald Wynd novel for the BBC)
- 1995 – Carrington (screenwriter/director)
- 1995 – Total Eclipse (play author/ screenwriter/ actor: The Judge) directed by Agnieszka Holland)
- 1996 – Mary Reilly (screenwriter) based on the Valerie Martin novel about Dr. Jekyll's housemaid, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich
- 1996 – The Secret Agent (adaptor/ director, based on the Joseph Conrad novel)
- 2002 – The Quiet American (adaptation of the Graham Greene novel)
- 2003 – Imagining Argentina (screenwriter/ director)
- 2007 – Atonement (adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel)
- 2009 – Chéri (screenwriter)
- 2009 – Sunset Boulevard (book for the musical, based on the Billy Wilder film)
- 2011 – A Dangerous Method (play author/screenwriter) based on Hampton's The Talking Cure, adapted from the John Kerr non-fiction book A Most Dangerous Method. Directed by David Cronenberg.
- 2012 – Ali and Nino (screenwriter) adapted from Kurban Said's novel Ali and Nino. Announced as screenwriter on 9 January 2012.
- 2013 - The Thirteenth Tale for the BBC
- 2013 - Adoration adapted from Doris Lessing's novella The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels
- The Seagull
- Uncle Vanya
- Hedda Gabler
- Don Juan by Molière
- 1973 – A Doll's House
- 1996 – 'Art' by Yasmina Reza
- 1998 – Enemy of the People
- 2000 – Conversations After a Burial by Yasmina Reza
- 2001 – Life x 3 by Yasmina Reza
- 2008 – God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
- 2010 – Rebecca (musical) by Michael Kunze
- 2014 – The Father by Florian Zeller
- 2015 – The Mother by Florian Zeller
- 2016 – The Truth by Florian Zeller
- 2017 – The Lie by Florian Zeller
- 2018 – The Height of the Storm by Florian Zeller
- 2019 – The Son by Florian Zeller
- Stevens, Christopher (2010). Born Brilliant: The Life Of Kenneth Williams. John Murray. p. 405. ISBN 1-84854-195-3.
- John O'Mahony "Worlds of his own", The Guardian, 21 April 2001. Retrieved on 9 August 2008.
- Christopher Hampton Biography (1946–)
- Michael Coveney Hampton "A talent to adapt", The Guardian, 4 March 2006. Retrieved on 9 August 2008.
- Healy, Patrick (2 January 2013). "'Rebecca' producer hoper for Broadway run in 2013". New York Times. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Healy, Patrick (2 January 2013). "'Rebecca' Producer Hopes For Broadway Run in 2013". The New York Times.
- Gans, Andrew. "American Premiere of Embers Will Be Part of Guthrie's Christopher Hampton Celebration". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- "Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's Stephen Ward premieres at Aldwych in December". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- Massimo Verzella, "Embers di Christopher Hampton e la traduzione della malinconia", Paragrafo, II (2006), pp. 69–82