Ella Hickson

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Ella Hickson (born 1985) is a playwright and theatrical director who was brought up in Surrey near Guildford and educated at Guildford High School from 1996-2003. She now lives in London.


Hickson's first play, Eight, produced by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, won a Fringe First, the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and the NSDF Emerging Artists Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. The show toured to New York City in January 2009 and opened at Trafalgar Studios in July 2009.

Hickson's second play Precious Little Talent opened at Trafalgar Studios in March 2011, directed by James Dacre.

In 2011, Hickson appeared in The Guardian's culture section as one of the four young playwrights to watch in the future, as did Lucy Prebble, who also went to Guildford High School.

In 2012 her third play Boys opened at Soho Theatre directed by Robert Icke for Headlong Theatre.

In 2013 her play Wendy & Peter Pan, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie's novel, was produced at the Royal Shakespeare Company for the Christmas 2013 season, directed by Jonathan Munby. It was later revived for the Christmas 2015 season.

In 2014 her adaptation of the legends of Merlin opened at Royal & Derngate and Nuffield Southampton, directed by Liam Steel.

In October 2016 her play Oil premiered at the Almeida, starring Anne-Marie Duff and directed by Carrie Cracknell.


Hickson is the youngest person ever to be published by Nick Hern Books.