DUET FOR ONE

Drama by Tom Kempinski
15 Sept – 18 Oct 2008
 
 
Tom Kempinski

Tom Kempinski


Tom Kempinski’s career commenced as an actor. In eleven years, he was unemployed for only ten months. During this time his roles included lead parts in Blitz by Lionel Bart (Adelphi Theatre), Love For Love by William Congreve (also at the National Theatre, and starring Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Lyn Redgrave) and leads in Dingo (Royal Court) and Apollinaire (ICA).

As a playwright, Tom Kempinski has written fifty five plays of which around 45 bave been produced. These include Sellout (National Theatre) for which he also composed the music, Flashpoint (Mayfair Theatre) and Duet For One (which ran for over a year in the West End of London and was made into a film starring Julie Andrews). Frances de la Tour, to whom he was married, played the lead in this production. Duet For One has played in 46 countries and has been nominated for many awards and won the London Theatre Critics Award for Best Play of the Year. It more recently played a record breaking year long run in Paris with Francis Huster and Cristina Reali who won the Stage Actress of the Year Award for this production. Further credits include Separation (nominated for the Olivier Best Comedy Award), What About Borneo, Mayakowski, The Workshop, Dreyfuss,Sex Please We’re Italian, When the Past Is Still to Come, What a Bleedin’ Liberty (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Addicted to Love (Bristol Old Vic), Salus Populi (Citizens Glasgow), Heinrich Heine & Nickolai Gogal (Hampstead), Penthisilea and four plays under the title of Love and War (Hampstead).

For fifteen years, Tom Kempinski suffered severe agoraphobia and the condition had a significant effect on his life. He wrote little, his weight increased to twenty four stone and he was unable to leave his home. However, in the past few years and following extensive therapy, Tom has written fifteen plays, lost twelve stone in weight he and his partner have a daughter.