Caryl Churchill Biography (1938-)

Born September 3, 1938, in London, England; daughter of Robert (a political cartoonist) and Jan (a fashion model) Churchill; married David Harter (a barrister), 1961; children: three sons. Addresses: Agent--Casarotto Ramsay,Ltd., National House, 60-66 Wardour St., London W1V 3HP, England.

Nationality
English
Gender
Female
Birth Details
September 3, 1938
London, England

Famous Works

  • Writings;Plays
  • Downstairs, first produced at Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1958, then London, 1959.
  • Having a Wonderful Time, first produced by Oxford Players, OxfordUniversity, 1960.
  • Easy Death, first produced at Oxford University, 1962.
  • Schreber's Nervous Illness, first broadcast on radio, 1972, firstproduced at King's Head Lunchtime Theatre, London, 1972.
  • Owners, first produced at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 1972, then produced at Thirteenth Street Theatre, New York City, 1973, published by Eyre Methuen (London), 1973.
  • Perfect Happiness, first broadcast on radio, 1973, first producedat Soho Polytechnic Lunchtime Theatre, London, 1974.
  • Moving Clocks Go Slow, first produced at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 1975.
  • Objections to Sex and Violence, first produced at Royal Court Theatre, London, 1975.
  • Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, first produced at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1976, published by Pluto Press (London), 1978.
  • Vinegar Tom, first produced at Hull Arts Centre, Hull, England, 1976, published by Theatre Quarterly Publications, 1978.
  • (With David Bradford, Bryony Lavery, and Michelene Wandor) Floorshow, first produced at North London Poly Theatre, London, 1977.
  • Traps, first produced at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1977, thenproduced at Remains Theatre, New York City, 1983, published by Pluto Press, 1978.
  • Cloud Nine, first produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1979, then produced at Lucille Lortel's Theatre de Lys (now Lucille Lortel Theatre), New York City, 1981-83, published by Pluto Press, 1979, published in the U.S. by Methuen, 1984.
  • Three More Sleepless Nights, first produced at Soho Polytechnic Theatre, 1980.
  • Top Girls, first produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1982, then Public Theatre, New York City, 1982-83, published by Samuel French, 1982, revisededition published by Methuen, 1984.
  • Fen, first produced at Almeida Theatre, London, 1983, produced atPublic/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1983, published by Methuen, 1983, alsopublished as Fen: A Drama, Samuel French (New York City), 1984.
  • (With Geraldine Pilgrim, Pete Brooks, and John Ashford) Midday Sun, produced in London, 1984.
  • Softcops, first produced by Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1984, published by Methuen, 1984.
  • Churchill: Plays One(includes Owners, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Vinegar Tom, Traps, and Cloud Nine), published by Methuen, 1985.
  • Softcops; and Fen, published by Methuen, 1986.
  • (With David Lan) A Mouthful of Birds, first produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1986, published by Methuen, 1986.
  • Serious Money, first produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1987, then Public Theatre/LuEsther Hall, New York City, 1987, produced on Broadway, 1988,published by Heinemann Educational, 1987.
  • Ice Cream(one-act), first produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1989, published by Nick Hern Books (London), 1989.
  • Ice Cream; with Hot Fudge(one-act plays; includes Ice Cream and Hot Fudge), first produced at Public Theatre, 1990, published by Samuel French,1990.
  • Shorts (includes The Hospital at the Time of the Revolution, Seagulls,Lovesick, Abortive, Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Enough Oxygen, Schreber's Nervous Illness, The Judge's Wife, The After- Dinner Joke, Three More Sleepless Nights, and Hot Fudge), published by Nick Hern Books, 1990.
  • Plays 2 (includesSoftcops, Top Girls, Fen, and Serious Money), published by Methuen, 1990.
  • Mad Forest, first produced at Royal Court Theatre, 1990, then produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1992, published by Nick Hern Books, 1990, then published by Theatre Communications Group (New York City), 1996.
  • (With Orlando Gough and Ian Spiak) Lives of the Great Poisoners, produced in London, 1991, published by Methuen, 1993.
  • The Skriker, first produced at National Theatre, 1994, published by Nick Hern Books, 1994, then published by Theatre Communications Group, 1994.
  • (Translator from Latin and author of introduction) Thyestes, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, first produced at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, published by Nick Hern Books, 1995.
  • Blue Heart, Nick Hern Books, 1997.
  • (With Orlando Gough and Lucy Bevan) Hotel: In a Room Anything Can Happen, Nick Hern Books, 1997.
  • This is a Chair, Nick Hern Books, 1999.
  • Writings;Teleplays
  • The Judge's Wife, 1972.
  • Turkish Delight, 1974.
  • The After-Dinner Joke, 1978.
  • The Legion Hall Bombing, 1978.
  • Crimes, 1981.
  • Writings;Radio Plays
  • The Ants, 1962, published in Penguin New English Dramatists Twelve, Penguin, 1968.
  • Lovesick, 1967.
  • Identical Twins, 1968.
  • Abortive, 1971.
  • ,Not, Not, Not, Not, Not Enough Oxygen, 1971.
  • Henry's Past, 1972.
  • Perfect Happiness, 1973.

Further Reference

Books:

  • Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, volume 46, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1995.
  • Contemporary Dramatists, St. James Press (Detroit), 1993.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism, Gale, volume 31, 1985, volume 55, 1989.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, volume 13: British Dramatistssince World War II, Gale, 1982.
Periodicals:
  • New York Times, January 9, 1983; November 22, 1987.

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