Peter Whelan Biography (1931-)
Born October 3, 1931, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England; married Ffrangcon Price, 1958; children: two sons, one daughter. Career: Playwright. Town Planning Office, Stoke-on-Trent, England, assistant surveyor, 1949-50; Endon Farm, Staffordshire, England, farm worker, 1950; Uffington Hall, manservant, 1955; demolition worker, Staffordshire, 1955; English Speaking Union Hotel, London, England, hall porter, 1956; A.S. Dixon, Ltd., London, advertising copywriter, 1956-57; Berlitz School, Bergen, Norway, English teacher, 1957-58; West London College, London, England, teacher, 1958; copywriter in London, 1959-60; Military service: National Service, 1950-51. Awards, Honors: Ford Foundation Grant, 1964; Sony Radio Award, 1990; Writers Guild Award nomination, 1991, for The Bright and Bold Design; Writer's Guild Award nominations, 1995, 1997; Writers Guild of Great Britain Award, best regional theatre play, 1996, for Divine Right and The Herbal Bed; Honorary Associate Artist, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997; TMA Award, best new play, 1997, for Divine Right; Lloyd's Private Banking Bewst Play, 1997. Addresses: Agent: Lemon, Unna & Durbridge, 24 Pottery Lane, HollandPark, London W11 4LZ, England.
- Birth Details
- October 3, 1931
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
- Stage Plays
- (With Don Kincaid) Lakota, London, 1970
- (With Les Darbon) Double Edge, London, 1975; published by French (London), 1976
- Captain Swing, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, England, 1978; published by Collings (London), 1979
- The Accrington Pals, Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1981then Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1984; published by Methuen (London), 1982
- Clay, Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1982; published by Metheun (London), 1983
- (With Les Darbon) A Cold Wind Blowing Up, Cologne, Germany, 1983
- World's Apart, adapted from a work by Jose Triana, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, England, 1986then London, 1987
- The Bright and Bold Design, Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 1991then The Studio Theatre, Washington, DC, 1992; published by Warner Chappell(London), 1991
- The School of Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, Stratford-on-Avon, 1992; published by Warner Chappell (London), 1992
- Shakespeare Country, produced for Little Theater Guild, 1993; published by Warner Chappell, 1993
- The Tinder Box, adapted from Hans Anderson, Newcastle-under-Lyme,1994; published by Samuel French (London), 1995
- Divine Right, Birmingham, 1996; published by Warner Chappell, 1996
- The Herbal Bed, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Other Place, Stratford- on-Avon, then Barbican Theatre, London, both 1996later Duchess Theatre,London, 1997later Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1998; published by Warner Chappell (London), 1996then by Dramatist's Play Service (New York City), 1998
- Overture, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 1997
- Television Writings
- In Suspicious Circumstances, Granada TV, 1994
- Other Television Writing
- Wrote The Trial of Lord Lucan, Granada TV.
- Contemporary British Dramatists, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1994.
- Contemporary Dramatists, 6th ed., St. James Press, 1999.
- Guardian, April 9, 1997, pp. T14-15.
- Independent, April 21, 1993, p. 13.*