Roy Smiles

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Roy Smiles
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Born London, England
Occupation Dramatist, playwright, songwriter
Years active 1987–present

Roy Smiles is an English playwright and singer-songwriter from west London. He is also an occasional actor.

Smiles has written twenty six theatre plays, the best known of which is Kurt and Sid, a 2009 London West End production about the fictional meeting of Sid Vicious and Kurt Cobain. [1] His plays have been staged in a number of countries. He has recorded seven self-released albums.[2] His albums Autumn Song and Bremen are released on Native Records.


His first play staged in 1992 at the Battersea Arts Centre, Schmucks was about a fictitious meeting between Groucho Marx and Lenny Bruce. He has had twenty five theatre plays staged and six radio plays broadcast since.

In 2002 he played the role of Itzak Heller, a Jewish collaborator, in Roman Polanski's The Pianist.[citation needed]

Smiles stage and radio plays focus largely on biographical subjects such as Lenny Bruce (Schmucks), Janis Joplin (Get It While You Can), the Beyond The Fringe team (Good Evening),[3] Arthur Miller (Reno),[4] George Orwell (Year Of The Rat),[5] Tony Hancock (The Lad Himself),[6] Robert F. Kennedy (The Last Pilgrim), [7] PG Woodhouse (Plum)[8] and the Enola Gay (Bombing People). A number of his plays have debuted or transferred to theatres around the world, such as Pythonesque, the story of the Monty Python team, which opened in South Africa before moving to Edinburgh as part of the Fringe Festival.[9] Ying Tong - A Walk With The Goons, the story of Spike Milligan's nervous breakdown whilst writing The Goon Show, was staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2004, transferring the following year to the New Ambassadors Theatre in London's West End before touring the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.[10][11] Year Of The Rat, Ying Tong, Pythonesque and Kurt & Sid are published by Oberon Books.[12]


A complete list of Smiles’ staged plays, followed by the place and date of their original productions:[13]


  1. ^ Spencer, Charles. "Kurt and Sid at the Trafalgar Studios, review". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  2. ^ "Music | Roy Smiles". 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Cumberbatchweb – Review of Good Evening – A Tribute to Beyond the Fringe". 2013-02-02. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Reno | Fringe Guru". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  5. ^ Alfred Hickling. "Theatre review: Year of the Rat / West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  6. ^ Cavendish, Dominic. "Edinburgh 2012: The Lad Himself, Gilded Balloon, review". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  7. ^ "The Last Pilgrim at White Bear Theatre - Fringe - Time Out London". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  8. ^ "PLUM - A regular wheeze plus facts and irony". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Theatre review: Pythonesque". The Scotsman. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  10. ^ Michael Billington. "Ying Tong, New Ambassadors, London | Stage". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  11. ^ Charles Spencer. "The genius – and the torment – of Spike Milligan". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Roy Smiles". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Roy Smiles". Playwrights. Doollee. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Gable, Jeremy (2008-12-18). "Schmucks". EDGE Philadelphia. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  15. ^ "Review of The Court Jester". 1994-12-13. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  16. ^ Michael Billington (29 October 2004). "Ying Tong, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds | Stage". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  17. ^ "The Ho-Ho Club - King's Head Theatre - Your London Reviews". IndieLondon. 2006-11-05. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  18. ^ "New Zealand Theatre: theatre reviews, performance reviews". Theatreview. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  19. ^ Published on Friday 21 August 2009 18:55 (2009-08-21). "Theatre review: Pythonesque - News". Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  20. ^ "Danny Dyer Plays Vicious in Kurt & Sid Premiere - - News". Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "New Zealand Theatre: theatre reviews, performance reviews". Theatreview. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  22. ^ "The Last Pilgrim, by Roy Smiles « Fringe Report". Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  23. ^ Paul Taylor (2011-11-28). "Burlesque, Jermyn Street Theatre, London (4/5) - Reviews - Theatre & Dance". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  24. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (23 August 2012). "Edinburgh 2012: The Lad Himself, Gilded Balloon, review". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-10-08. 
  25. ^ "Plum". The Court Theatre. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  26. ^ "Reno". The Latest. Retrieved 2017-01-21. 

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