David Hare (playwright)

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Sir David Hare
Born David Hare
(1947-06-05) 5 June 1947 (age 66)
St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter, director
Notable work(s) The Judas Kiss
Plenty
Pravda
The Absence of War
Licking Hitler
Strapless
The Blue Room
Stuff Happens
Notable award(s) BAFTA, Golden Bear, Olivier Award
Spouse(s) Nicole Farhi

Sir David Hare (born 5 June 1947) is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Most notable for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Hours in 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel of the same name written by Bernhard Schlink.

On West End, he had his greatest success with the plays Plenty, which he adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep in 1985, Racing Demon (1990), Skylight (1997), and Amy's View (1998). The four plays ran on Broadway in 1982-1983, 1996, 1998 and 1999 respectively, earning Hare three Tony Award nominations for Best Play for the first three and two Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.Other notable projects on stage include A Map of the World, Pravda, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War and The Vertical Hour. He wrote screenplays for the film Wetherby and the BBC drama Page Eight (2011).

As of 2013, Hare has received two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe Award nominations, three Tony Award nominations and has won a BAFTA Award, a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and two Laurence Olivier Awards. He has also been awarded several critics' awards such as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and received the Golden Bear in 1985. He was knighted in 1998.

Early life[edit]

Hare was born in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, the son of Agnes (née Gilmour) and Clifford Hare, a sailor.[1] He was educated at Lancing College, an independent school in West Sussex, and at Jesus College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he was the Hiring Manager on the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club Committee, 1968.[2]

Life and career[edit]

David Hare worked with the Portable Theatre Company from 1968-1971. His first play, Slag, was produced in 1970, the same year in which he married his first wife, Margaret Matheson, with whom he fathered three children before they were divorced in 1980. He was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 1970–71, and in 1973 became resident dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. In 1975, Hare co-founded the Joint Stock Theatre Company with David Aukin and Max Stafford-Clark. In 1978 his play Plenty was produced at the National Theatre, followed by A Map of the World in 1983, and Pravda in 1985, co-written with Howard Brenton.

David Hare became the Associate Director of the National Theatre in 1984, and has since seen many of his plays produced, such as his trilogy of plays about major British institutions Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, and The Absence of War. Hare has also directed many other plays aside from his own works, such as The Pleasure Principle by Snoo Wilson, Weapons of Happiness by Howard Brenton, and King Lear by William Shakespeare for the National Theatre. He is also the author of a collection of lectures on the arts and politics called Obedience, Struggle, and Revolt (2005).[3]

Hare founded a film company called Greenpoint Films in 1982, and has written screenplays such as Plenty, Wetherby, Strapless, and Paris by Night. In December 2011, it was announced that his monologue Wall about the Israeli West Bank barrier is being adapted as a live-action/animated documentary by the National Film Board of Canada, directed by Cam Christiansen, to be completed in 2014.[4] Aside from films he has also written teleplays for the BBC such as Licking Hitler, and Saigon: The Year of the Cat. In November 2012, The New School for Drama selected Hare as temporary Artist-in-residence in which he met with student playwrights about his experience in varying mediums.[5]

His career is examined in the Reputations strand on TheatreVoice. He is particularly well known for incisive commentary on the problems of public institutions. Raymond Williams once said, sardonically, that the public services are largely managed by the nation’s ‘upper servants’. Hare addresses this group, providing an analysis of the workings of the institutions: he is, he has said, interested in the struggle to make procedures work better - right now - not in waiting until some revolution, somehow, sometime, comes about to raze the current system altogether, to replace it with perfection.[6]

Hare's awards include the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1975), 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, he was a member of the jury at the 47th Berlin International Film Festival.[7] He was knighted in 1998.

Hare is married to the French fashion designer Nicole Farhi.

Plays[edit]

Television, film and radio scripts[edit]

Directing credits[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Acting Up (A diary on his experiences of acting in his own play, the one-man-show on the topic of Israel/Palestine, Via Dolorosa.)
  • Obedience, Struggle and Revolt (Faber and Faber, 2005)
  • About Hare by Richard Boon (Faber and Faber, 2006)

Articles[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hersh Zeifman, David Hare a Casebook, (London: Routledge, 1994), ISBN 0-8240-2579-2, p. xix.
  2. ^ ADC Theatre, Cambridge Archives
  3. ^ David Hare
  4. ^ Vlessing, Etan (14 December 2011). "National Film Board of Canada to Animate Israel's West Bank Barrier For Theatrical Doc". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "The New School for Drama Names Sir David Hare Artist-In-Residence". 
  6. ^ C. Sullivan, 'The Present: Hare and Shrinking Government Provision', in Literature in the Public Service: Sublime Bureaucracy (2013), ch. 4
  7. ^ "Berlinale: 1997 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  8. ^ http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/22397/gethsemane
  9. ^ http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/50093/productions/the-power-of-yes.html
  10. ^ "Berlinale: 1985 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 

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