Stephen Poliakoff Biography (1952?-)

Born December 1 (some sources cite December 14), 1952 (some sources cite 1953), in London, England; son of Alexander and Ina (maiden name, Montagu) Poliakoff; married Sandy Welch, 1983; children: one son, one daughter.

Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, playwright
Birth Details
December 1, 1952?
London, England

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • Hidden City, Hidden City Films, 1987
  • Close My Eyes, Castle Hill, 1991
  • Century, 1993
  • Food of Love, Intrinsica Films/MP Productions, 1997
  • Television Director
  • The Tribe, 1998
  • Shooting the Past (special), PBS, 1999
  • Perfect Strangers, 2001
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Granny, produced in London, 1969
  • Bambi Ramm, produced at Abbey Community Centre, London, 1970
  • A Day with My Sister, produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1971
  • (Contributor) Lay-By, produced in Edinburgh, then London, 1971 published by Calder & Boyars, 1972
  • Pretty Boy, produced in London, 1972
  • Theatre Outside, produced in London, 1973
  • Berlin Days, produced in London, 1973
  • The Carnation Gang, produced in London, 1973
  • Clever Soldiers, produced in London, 1974
  • Hitting Town, produced at Bush Theatre, London, c. 1975, then South Street Theatre, New York City, 1979 published with City Sugar, Methuen, 1976 Samuel French (New York City), 1977
  • City Sugar, produced at Bush Theatre, c. 1975, then Comedy Theatre, London, 1976 later Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1978 published with Hitting Town, Methuen, 1976 Samuel French, 1977
  • Heroes, produced in London, then New York City, both 1975
  • Join the Dance, produced in New York City, 1975
  • Strawberry Fields, produced in Young Vic Theatre, London, 1976 then Manhattan Theatre Club, 1978 published by Methuen, 1977
  • Shout across the River, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, Warehouse Theatre, London, 1978 then Marymount Manhattan Theatre, 1979-1980 published by Methuen, 1979
  • American Days, produced at ICA Theatre, London, 1979 then Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1980-1981 published by Methuen, 1980
  • The Summer Party, produced at Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England, 1980 published by Methuen, 1980
  • Favourite Nights, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1981 published with Caught on a Train, Methuen, 1982
  • Breaking the Silence, produced in London, 1984 then Portland StageCompany, Portland, ME, 1988-1989 published by Methuen, 1984
  • Coming In to Land, produced in London, 1987 published by Methuen,1987
  • Playing with Trains, produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, Pit Theatre, London, 1989
  • Sienna Red, tour of British cities, 1992 published by Methuen, 1992
  • Sweet Panic, produced in 1996 published by Methuen, 1996
  • Blinded by the Sun, produced at Cottesloe Theatre, Royal NationalTheatre, London, 1996 published by Methuen, 1997
  • Talk of the City, published by Methuen, 1998
  • Remember This, produced at Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London, 1999
  • Play Collections
  • Plays, Methuen, Volume 1 (contains American Days, City Sugar, Clever Soldiers, Hitting Town, Shout across the River, and Strawberry Fields), 1989 Volume 2 (contains Breaking the Silence, Century, Playing with Trains, and She's BeenAway), 1994 Volume 3 (contains Caught on a Train, Close My Eyes, and Coming In to Land), 1998
  • Screenplays
  • Bloody Kids, 1979 Palace/BFI, 1983
  • Runners, Hanstall, 1983 published with Soft Targets, Methuen, 1984
  • Strawberry Fields, 1985
  • Hidden City, Hidden City Films, 1987
  • Close My Eyes, Castle Hill, 1991 published by Methuen, 1991
  • Century, 1993
  • Food of Love, Intrinsica Films/MP Productions, 1997
  • Television Movies
  • Stronger than the Sun (also known as Play for Today: Stronger than the Sun), BBC, 1977
  • Caught on a Train (also known as BBC2 Playhouse: Caught on a Train), BBC2, 1980 published with Favourite Nights, Methuen, 1982
  • Soft Targets (also known as Play for Today: Soft Targets),BBC, 1982 published with Runners, Methuen, 1984
  • She's Been Away, 1989
  • Other Television Writings
  • The Tribe, 1998
  • Shooting the Past (special), PBS, 1999 published by Methuen, 1998
  • Perfect Strangers, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Authors, Volume 106, Gale, 1982
    • Contemporary Dramatists, 6th edition, St. James Press, 1999
    • International Dictionary of Theatre, Volume 2: Playwrights,St. James Press, 1993
    Periodicals
    • Sunday Times (London), November 26, 1989, p. C8
    • World Literature Today, autumn, 1997, p. 790

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