Charles Marowitz (26 January 1934 – 2 May 2014) was an American critic, theatre director, and playwright, regular columnist on Swans Commentary. He collaborated with Peter Brook at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and later founded and directed The Open Space Theatre in London.
He is also the co-founder of Encore magazine which was published between 1954 and 1965, and co-editor of The Encore Reader: A Chronicle of the New Drama (1965). He was a regular contributor to publications such as The New York Times, The Times (London), TheaterWeek, and American Theatre and was the lead critic on the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner until it ceased publication.
He was the author of Murdering Marlowe, which imagines a rivalry between William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, which was selected as a finalist for the GLAAD Media Awards of 2002, and of the 1987 Broadway play Sherlock's Last Case with Frank Langella in the lead role.
- Marowitz, Charles (1977). Artaud at Rodez. London: Marion Boyars. ISBN 0-7145-2632-0.
- Marowitz, Charles, ed. and trans. (2000). The Marowitz Shakespeare: Adaptions and Collages of Hamlet, MacBeth, the Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, and the Merchant of Venice. London: Marion Boyars. ISBN 978-0-7145-2651-5.
- –––, Tom Milne, and Owen Hale, eds. (1981). The Encore Reader: A Chronice of the New Drama. London: Methuen, 1965. Reissued as New Theatre Voices of the Fifties and Sixties. London: Eyre Methuen.
- Trussler, Simon (2014). Charles Marowitz in London: Twenty-Five Years Hard: Marowitz in the Sixties. New Theatre Quarterly, 30:3, p. 203–206
- Charles Marowitz, Iconoclastic Director and Playwright, Dies at 82, New York Times, 11 May 2014
- Bio on swans.com
- Albert Hunt, Geoffrey Reeves, Peter Brook, Cambridge University Press, 1995, p.51
- Frank Rich, "Stage: Langella In 'Sherlock's Last.' ", The New York Times, August 21, 1987, accessed October 11, 2007.
- Elaine Woo "Charles Marowitz, playwright, director and critic, dies at 80", Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2014
- "Biography: Charles Marowitz" on Marowitz Theatre.
- Charles Marowitz at the Internet Broadway Database
- "Commentary: Charles Marowitz" – Contributor page at Swans.com.
- Marowitz Theatre Marowitz's website.