Amy Rosenthal

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Amy Rosenthal (born 1974)[1] is a British playwright from Muswell Hill, London. She is a recipient of The Sunday Times Drama Award.


Amy Rosenthal was born in 1974, the daughter of dramatist Jack Rosenthal and actress Maureen Lipman.[2] She is Jewish.[3]

Rosenthal studied to be a playwright at the University of Birmingham,[2] where she took a Masters in Playwriting.[4]

She won The Sunday Times Drama Award with her debut play Henna Night in 1999. In 2015, she wrote the libretto to the opera Entanglement by the composer Charlotte Bray.[5][6][7] Rosenthal was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for female dramatists.[8] Rosenthal teaches playwriting on the Arvon courses, and at Birkbeck College, University of London.[9]


Her plays include:[10]

  • Sitting Pretty (1998)
  • Henna Night (1999) (winner of the Sunday Times Drama Award 1999)[11]
  • Jerusalem Syndrome (2000)
  • Little Words (radio play)
  • Jack Rosenthal's Last Act (4-part series adapted from book for BBC Radio 4)
  • Thank God It's Friday (co-written with Cosh Omar 2007)
  • On The Rocks (2008) (about D. H. Lawrence and his circle, shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2009)
  • The Jitterbug Blitz (2009)
  • The Workroom (adapted from L'Atelier by Jean-Claude Grumberg)
  • Fear of Cherry Blossom (premiere at Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre, 2016)[12]


  1. ^ "LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies (Library of Congress)". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Amy Rosenthal dares to work with someone she hardly knows". Ham and High. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Interview: Amy Rosenthal". The Jewish Chronicle. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Playwright Amy Rosenthal: 'Comedy and tragedy are the same'". Jewish News. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  5. ^ Pentreath, Rosie (6 March 2015). "Edward Gardner, Eric Whitacre and The King's Singers among artists announced for Cheltenham". BBC Music Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ Evans, Rian (7 July 2015). "Entanglement/That Man Stephen Ward review – notorious deaths retold". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ Davis, Colin (7 July 2015). "The arts diary: Entanglement and That Man Stephen Ward, Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Music Festival". Gloucestershire Echo. Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Fertility Fest 2016". Fertility Fest 2016. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  9. ^ "STARTING TO WRITE A PLAY – a course at Arvon". Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Amy Rosenthal". Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Hampstead announces new play is On The Rocks". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  12. ^ Everyman programme of events Jan–Aug 2016