Laura Wade

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Laura Wade
Born (1977-10-16) 16 October 1977 (age 36)
Bedford, England
Occupation Playwright
Nationality British

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Laura Wade (born 1977 in Bedford, England) is a British playwright.

Early life and education[edit]

Wade grew up in Sheffield, where her father worked for a computer company.[1] After completing her secondary education at Lady Manners School in Bakewell, Derbyshire, Wade studied Drama at Bristol University and was later a member of the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers’ Programme.


Her first play, Limbo, was produced at the Sheffield Crucible Studio Theatre in 1996. 16 Winters was produced at the Bristol Old Vic Basement Theatre in 2000. After university she worked for the children's theatre company Playbox Theatre in Warwick. Wade’s adaptation of W.H. Davies' Young Emma opened at the Finborough Theatre, London (where she was later Writer-in-Residence) in December 2003. Young Emma, as well as 16 Winters, was directed by Tamara Harvey, a contemporary from her time at Bristol.

In 2004 Wade was a writer on attachment at Soho Theatre and her play Colder Than Here was produced there in February 2005 [1]. Her next play Breathing Corpses played at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in March 2005.[2]. In March 2006 she returned to the Soho Theatre with Other Hands [3]. 2010 marked her reappearance at the Sheffield Crucible with her reworking of Alice in Wonderland, entitled, simply, Alice.[2]

Current projects include new plays for the Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and David Pugh Ltd. and a television adaptation of Colder Than Here. Wade’s first radio play, Otherkin, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 30 August 2007 [4], a 45-minute play billed as episode 2 of the Looking for Angels series. Her second, Hum, about the Bristol Hum, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 20 May 2009. Between these two she also wrote Coughs and Sneezes for the Radio 4 series Fact to Fiction.

In April 2010 her play Posh began a sell-out run at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court theatre, London. An article about Wade in the London Evening Standard drew parallels between the Riot Club, the subject of Posh, and the Bullingdon Club, an exclusive Oxford University dining society.[3]

On 11 May 2012 an updated version of Posh opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, Wade's first play to appear in the West End. In 2013 filming began on The Riot Club, a film adaptation of the play, directed by Lone Scherfig.[4] It will be released on 19 September 2014.[5]



  • Limbo Sheffield Crucible Studio 1996
  • Fear of Flying Bristol University 1997
  • White Feathers Bristol University 1999
  • 16 Winters Bristol Old Vic Basement 2000
  • The Wild Swans Playbox Theatre at the Dream Factory Warwick 2000
  • TwelveMachine Playbox Theatre at the Dream Factory Warwick 2001
  • The Last Child Playbox Theatre at the Dream Factory Warwick 2002
  • Young Emma Finborough Theatre 2003


Wade's plays are published by Oberon Books in the UK and by Dramatists Play Service in the USA


  • Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright 2005 for Breathing Corpses and Colder Than Here
  • Pearson Playwrights Award Bursary in association with the [Finborough Theatre] 2004
  • Pearson Playwrights Best Play Award for Breathing Corpses 2005
  • Joint winner of the George Devine Award for Breathing Corpses 2006
  • Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Breathing Corpses and Colder Than Here 2006


  1. ^ Cooke, Rachel (4 April 2010). "Laura Wade: the girl in the Tories' soup". The Guardian (London). 
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  3. ^ Curtis, Nick (7 April 2010). "Posh boys have problems too". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
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  5. ^ de Semlyen, Phil (13 May 2014). "New Trailer For The Riot Club". Empire. Bauer Consumer Media. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 

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