David Eldridge (dramatist)

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David Eldridge
David Eldridge, playwright.jpg
London, 2006
Born (1973-09-20) 20 September 1973 (age 42)
Romford, Greater London, England
Education Brentwood School (Essex)
University of Exeter
Occupation Playwright
Years active 1995–present

David Eldridge (born 20 September 1973) is an English dramatist, born in Romford, Greater London, United Kingdom (UK).

His plays have been performed at major new writing institutions in the UK, including The Royal Court Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the Finborough Theatre and the National Theatre. His stage adaptation of the film Festen transferred from the Almeida Theatre to the West End and Broadway. His play Market Boy, informed by his childhood working on a stall at Romford Market, played at the National Theatre's largest space, the Olivier in June 2006. And in July 2008 his play Under the Blue Sky was revived at the Duke of York's Theatre starring Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate and Francesca Annis.

In March 2011 his play The Knot of the Heart played at the Almeida Theatre and starred Lisa Dillon, for whom the role of Lucy was written and in February 2012 his play In Basildon, played at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Dominic Cooke starring Linda Bassett and Ruth Sheen. Both plays opened to critical acclaim. The Knot of the Heart won the Off-West End Theatre Award for Best New Play and In Basildon was voted The Guardian Theatre Critics and Arts Writers No.1 Theatre of 2012. In April 2012 the Royal Exchange Theatre presented his new version of Miss Julie by August Strindberg, starring Maxine Peake. In July 2014 his play Holy Warriors played at Shakespeare's Globe.

David's screenplay for a ninety-minute single film, The Scandalous Lady W, based upon Hallie Rubenhold's book Lady Worsley's Whim, will be broadcast on BBC2 in August 2015 starring Natalie Dormer and directed by Sheree Folkson.


  • Cabbage for Tea, Tea, Tea! (Exeter University, 1995)
  • Sideways Moving (Edinburgh Fringe, 1995)
  • Fighting for Breath (Finborough Theatre, 1995)
  • Serving It Up (Bush Theatre, 1996)
  • Dirty (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 1996)
  • A Week with Tony (Finborough Theatre, 1996)
  • Summer Begins (Donmar Warehouse, 1997)
  • Thanks Mum (Red Room/Battersea Arts Centre, 1998)
  • Falling (Hampstead Theatre, 1999)
  • Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court Theatre, 2000)
  • Killers (BBC Television, 2000)
  • Michael & Me (BBC Radio 4, 2001)
  • The Nugget Run (Short Film, 2002)
  • Stratford, Ilford, Romford and All Stations to Shenfield (BBC Radio 4, 2003)
  • M.A.D. (Bush Theatre, 2004)
  • Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre, 2005)
  • Market Boy (National Theatre, 2006)
  • The Picture Man (BBC Radio 3, 2008)
  • The List (Arcola Theatre, 2009)
  • A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (written with Simon Stephens and Robert Holman), (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010)
  • Like Minded People (BBC Radio 4, 2011)
  • The Knot of the Heart (Almeida Theatre, 2011)
  • The Secret Grief (BBC Radio 3, 2011)
  • The Stock Da'wa (Hampstead Theatre, 2011)
  • Something, Someone, Somewhere (Sixty Six Project/Bush Theatre/Westminster Abbey, 2011)
  • In Basildon (Royal Court Theatre, 2012)
  • Holy Warriors (Shakespeare's Globe 2014)



  • Plays: One (Serving It Up/Summer Begins/Under the Blue Sky/M.A.D) (Methuen, 2005) ISBN 0-413-77509-7
  • Plays: Two (Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness/Market Boy/The Knot of the Heart/The Stock Da'wa) (Methuen, 2012) ISBN 978-1-4081-6483-9

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David Eldridge is represented by Michael McCoy at Independent Talent, London.