Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood is a British playwright and screenwriter whose plays include: The Welkin (National Theatre, 2020); Mosquitoes (National Theatre, 2017); The Children (Royal Court Theatre, 2016); Chimerica (Almeida Theatre & West End, 2013; winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2013 Evening Standard Best Play Award, the 2014 Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award); NSFW (Royal Court, 2012); small hours (co-written with Ed Hime; Hampstead Theatre, 2011); Beauty and the Beast (with Katie Mitchell; National Theatre, 2010); Bloody Wimmin, as part of Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle Theatre, 2010); it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now (Clean Break & Arcola Theatre, 2009; winner of the 2012 John Whiting Award); Hedda (Gate Theatre, London, 2008); and Tinderbox (Bush Theatre, 2008).

She won the inaugural Berlin Lee UK Playwrights Award in 2013.

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Tinderbox

A fast, wild and farcically funny play with a disturbing vision of a dystopian future.

Hedda

By Lucy Kirkwood Original author Henrik Ibsen

A startling new version of Hedda Gabler, relocating Ibsen's nineteenth-century heroine to London in 2008.

it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now

A play about modern-day sex trafficking, joint winner of the 2010 John Whiting Award.

Women, Power and Politics: Then

A collection of wide-ranging and ambitious short plays reflecting the complexities of women and political power in the United Kingdom.

Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre version)

Lucy Kirkwood's delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010.

NSFW

A sharp comedy about power games and privacy in the media and beyond.

Chimerica

A powerful, provocative play about international relations and the shifting balance of power between East and West. Winner of the Evening Standard Best Play Award (2013), the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award (2014), and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Bloody Wimmin

A short play about the protests at Greenham Common, a political landmark in the fight for nuclear disarmament.

The Children

Two ageing nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage on the coast, as the world around them crumbles. Then an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

Lucy Kirkwood Plays: One

Five plays by leading playwright Lucy Kirkwood: Tinderboxit felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now, small hours, NSFW and Chimerica. With an introduction by the author.

small hours

A collaborative theatre piece created by playwrights Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime with theatre director Katie Mitchell, dissecting the claustrophobic world of a new mother struggling to cope on her own.

Mosquitoes

A play about families and particle physics, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in July 2017.

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