Sir David Hare

Sir David Hare is one of Great Britain's most distinguished contemporary playwrights. In some regards, David Hare's work can be considered a sort of conscience for his nation during the '70s and '80s and many of his plays center on Britain's apparent declining economics, spirituality and morality. David Hare worked with the Portable Theatre Company from 1968 - 1971. He was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 1970-1971, and in 1973 became resident dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse, a major provincial theatre. In 1975, Hare co-founded the Joint Stock Company. Shortly thereafter, he began writing for the National Theatre, of which he became the Associate Director in 1984, and has since seen many of his plays produced. Hare has also directed many other plays aside from his own works for the National Theatre. Ten of his plays have also been performed on Broadway. He is the author of a collection of lectures on the arts and politics called Obedience, Struggle, and Revolt. David Hare founded the film company, Greenpoint Films in 1982, and has written screenplays such as Plenty, Wetherby, Strapless, and Paris by Night. He was nominated twice for an Oscar for his screenplays of The Hours and The Reader. He has also written teleplays for the BBC such as Licking Hitler, and Saigon: The Year of the Cat. Sir David Hare's awards include the BAFTA Award (1979), the New York Drama Critics Circle Award (1983), the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear (1985), the Olivier Award (1990), and the London Theatre Critics' Award (1990). In 1997 the French government honoured him as an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and in 1998 the British government knighted him for services to the theatre. Press: Sir David Hare has a habit of zipping in on the zeitgeist, of tapping the public mood about the politics of friendship and betrayal unmatched by any other contemporary playwright. - Michael Coveney, Daily Mail A dramatist of the first rank… - Sunday Times …einer der umstrittensten und erfolgreichsten Theatermacher seines Landes. - Der Spiegel