Helen Edmundson

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Helen Edmundson is a British playwright. She has won awards and critical acclaim both for her original plays and for her adaptations of various literary classics for the stage.


Edmundson's first play Flying was produced at the National Theatre Studio in 1990. Since then, her work for the theatre has included: The Clearing, first performed at the Bush Theatre; Mother Teresa is Dead, at the Royal Court Theatre; and four stage adaptations for Shared Experience Theatre: Anna Karenina and The Mill on the Floss, both of which toured nationally and internationally, War and Peace, which was produced at the National Theatre in 1996, and Gone to Earth, which was seen on tour and at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Her adaptation of Jamila Gavin's award-winning children's novel Coram Boy premiered at the National in November 2005[1] and came back for a revival at the same venue a year later. Her most recent work for Shared Experience, Orestes - Blood and Light, toured in the UK in autumn 2006 and played at the Tricycle Theatre until December 2006. The Clearing received the John Whiting Award for best new play, as well as a Time Out Award. She also won TMA and Time Out Awards for The Mill on the Floss, Anna Karenina and most recently, a Time Out Award for Coram Boy. Edmundson has written two short films for television: One Day for BBC2 and Stella for Channel 4, and her adaptation of The Voyage Out was heard on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

She took part in the Bush Theatre's 2011 project Sixty Six Books, for which she wrote a piece based upon a book of the King James Bible.[2] In 2012, her play about Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, The Heresy of Love, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, directed by Nancy Meckler.[3] The RSC is also premiering her play Queen Anne (on the relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough) in November 2015.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Billington (16 November 2005). "Coram Boy". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/biography/writers/
  3. ^ The Heresy of Love, RSC.
  4. ^ Matthew Hemley, "RSC unveils winter 2015 season and Antony Sher as Lear", The Stage.
  5. ^ "Prize Citation for Helen Edmundson". Windham–Campbell Literature Prize. February 24, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015. 

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