von Arnold Wesker
18 Jän – 20 Feb 2016
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Arnold Wesker

Sir Arnold Wesker, F.R.S.L. (Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature) , born London 1932, has written over 49 plays the most well-known being The Wesker Trilogy, The Kitchen, Chips With Everything, Love Letters on Blue Paper, Shylock, and a cycle of six plays for one woman called Wesker’s Women. Most of his plays have been performed worldwide. He has written two opera librettos, published five volumes of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, a book for young people, and an autobiography – As Much As I Dare (1992). His work has been translated into 18 languages.

Wesker may be unique among British playwrights to have had sixteen world premieres outside his own country.

In recent years he has written five new plays and other works, including his first novel, Honey, published by Simon & Schuster 2005. In 2008 he published his first volume of poetry All Things Tire of Themselves. In that year he also completed a commission, to celebrate 75 years of the BBC World Service, for a radio play, later adapted for the stage – The Rocking Horse Kid. His play Joy and Tyranny was completed in 2010.

The year 2011, saw two major revivals in London of his first two plays Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court Theatre), and The Kitchen (The National Theatre) both of which were received with overwhelming enthusiasm. In 2013, his play Roots was revived at the Donmar Warehouse.

The recipient of honorary degrees and prizes, Wesker’s vast archives have recently been purchased by Texas University.

He was knighted in the 2006 New Year’s Honours list for services to theatre; and celebrated his 80th birthday in 2012.

Approved photograph, credit Mark Raines of MJR PHOTOGRAPHY