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Neil Bartlett (playwright)

Neil Vivian Bartlett, OBE, (born 1958) is a British director, performer, translator, and writer. He was one of the founding members of Gloria, a production company established in 1988 to produce his work along with that of Nicolas Bloomfield, Leah Hausman and Simon Mellor.[1] His work has garnered several awards, including the 1985 Perrier Award (as director for Complicite, for More Bigger Snacks Now), the Time Out Dance Umbrella Award (for A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep), a Writers Guild Award (for Sarrasine), a Time Out Theatre Award (for A Judgement in Stone), and the Special Jury Prize at the Cork Film Festival (for Now That It's Morning).[1] His production of The Dispute won a Time Out Award for Best Production in the West End and the 1999 TMA Best Touring Production award.[2] He was appointed an OBE in 2000 for his services to the arts.[3][4]



Bartlett's first book Who Was That Man showed how the gay history of London in the 1890s affected Bartlett's life as a gay man in London in the 1980s. His latest novel, The Disappearance Boy was published in London by Bloomsbury Circus publishing in January 2014.

Bartlett's early performance work with Gloria included 'A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep', 'Sarrasine' and 'Night after Night'. He also served as artistic director at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith from 1994 until 2004.[5] At the Lyric he directed productions of classic British plays, foreign classics which he translated or adapted, and a series of notable Christmas shows. The following are some of the plays he directed and translated:

  • The first English production of Jean Genet's Splendid's
  • Kleist's Prince of Homburg and Marivaux's La Dispute
  • His adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist, and ' A Christmas Carol'.
  • Adaptation of "The Servant" by Robin Maugham.

Many of his translations of classic plays have been performed throughout the world.

Since leaving the Lyric has created work for leading cultural producers including the National Theatre in London, the Abbey in Dublin, the Bristol Old Vic, the Manchester Royal Exchange, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Manchester International Festival, The Brighton Festival, The Aldeburgh Festival, the Holland Festival, the Wellcome Foundation and Tate Britain.

He also took part in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books where he wrote a piece based upon a chapter of the King James Bible[6]



  • Who Was That Man: A Present for Mr. Oscar Wilde (1988)
  • Ready to Catch Him Should He Fall (1992)
  • Mr. Clive and Mr. Page (1996)
  • Skin Lane (2007)
  • The Disappearance Boy (2014)
  • "When the Time Comes; or, the Case of the Man Who Didn't Know" (short story)

Theatre and radioEdit

  • More Bigger Snacks Now (1985), director for Complicité
  • A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep (Part One) (1987)
  • The Misanthrope (1988), translator for Red Shift
  • Lady Audley's Secret (1988-1989) for Gloria
  • A Vision of Love Revealed in Sleep (Part Three) (1989-1990) for Gloria
  • Berenice (1990) for the Royal National Theatre
  • The School for Wives (1990) for the Derby Playhouse
  • Sarrasine (1990-1991) for Gloria
  • The Avenging Woman (1991) in Riga
  • Let Them Call It Jazz (1991) for Gloria
  • Twelfth Night (1992) for the Goodman Theatre, Chicago
  • A Judgement in Stone (1992) for Gloria
  • The Game of Love and Chance (1992-1993) for Gloria/Cambridge Theatre Co./Royal National Theatre
  • Night After Night (Part One) (1993), musical
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1993), Lyric Hammersmith
  • Romeo and Juliet (1995), Lyric Hammersmith/West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • The Letter by Somerset Maugham (1995), Lyric Hammersmith
  • Mrs Warren's Profession by Bernard Shaw (1996), Lyric Hammersmith
  • Cause Celebre by Terrence Rattigan (1998), Lyric Hammersmith
  • The Seven Sacraments of Nicolas Poussin (1998)
  • The Verger Queen or Bette's Full Service (2000)
  • In Extremis (2000)
  • Does You Good (2001)
  • Camille (2003), adaptation of The Lady of the Camellias
  • Pericles by William Shakespeare (2003), Lyric Hammersmith,
  • Don Juan by Moliere (2004), Lyric Hammersmith,
  • Improbable (2004), radio
  • Dido Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe (2005), ART Boston,
  • The Rake's Progress Auden/Stravinsky (2006), Aldeburgh Festival,
  • Oliver Twist (2007), ART Boston,
  • The Maids by Genet (2007), Brighton Festival,
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (2008), Royal Shakespeare Company,
  • An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde (2008), The Abbey, Dublin,
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (2008), Royal Shakespeare Company,
  • Everybody Loves A Winner (2009), Manchester Royal Exchange,
  • The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten (2009), Aldeburgh Festival,
  • Or You Could Kiss Me (2010) with Handspring Theatre Company, National Theatre, London,
  • The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky (2011), Opera North,
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (2012), The Abbey, Dublin,
  • The Canticles by Benjamin Britten (2013), Brighton Festival/Royal Opera House, London,
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (2013), The Bristol Old Vic,
  • Owen Wingrave by Benjamin Britten (2014), The Edinburgh International Festival,
  • Stella (2016), London International Festival of Theatre,
  • The Plague by Albert Camus (2017), Arcola Theatre, London.


  • That's What Friends Are For (1988) television, for After Image/Channel Four
  • Where Is Love? (1988) television, for ICA/BBC2
  • Pedagogue (1988) with Stuart Marshall
  • That's How Strong My Love Is (1989) television, for Channel Four
  • Now That It's Morning (1992) television, for Channel Four/British Screen


  1. ^ a b From the programme to the 1993 Traverse Theatre production of Night After Night.
  2. ^ See The National Theatre's Programme for Autumn 2000 Archived 19 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 13 April 2010.
  3. ^ Biography for Neil Bartlett on IMDb
  4. ^ BBC News - The Queen's Birthday Honours List, retrieved 13 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Bartlett Stands Down as Lyric Hammersmith Chief -". 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 


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