Simon Stephens

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Not to be confused with Simon Stevens or Simon Stevens (civil servant).
Simon Stephens
Born 6 February 1971
Occupation Playwright
Nationality British
Spouse Polly Heath

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Simon Stephens (born 6 February 1971 in Manchester) is an English playwright. Having taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He is the inaugural Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre Company, Chicago, where two of his plays, Harper Regan and Motortown, had their U.S. premieres.[1] His writing is characterised as part of the in-yer-face generation and is widely performed not only in the UK but also throughout Europe, with several of his plays being premiered abroad. Along with Dennis Kelly, he is one of the most performed English-language writers in Germany.


Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester, Stephens graduated from the University of York with a degree in History. After university, he lived in Edinburgh for several years, where he met his future wife Polly, before later completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. He worked as a teacher for a few years, before quitting to become a professional playwright.

He was a member of Scottish art punk band Country Teasers.

He lives in London with his wife and three children.




  1. ^ "Steep Theatre Opens 13th Season with Simon Stephens' MOTORTOWN Premiere Tonight". BMW News Desk. Retrieved 10/2/2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Carmen Disruption", Deutsches Schauspielhaus, 2014 
  3. ^ "Blindsided", Royal Exchange Theatre, 2014 
  4. ^ "Birdland", Royal Court Theatre, 2014 
  5. ^ "London", Salisbury Playhouse, 2012 
  6. ^ "Morning", Lyric Hammersmith, 2012 
  7. ^ "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", Royal Court Theatre, 2012 
  8. ^ "A Doll's House", Young Vic, 2012 
  9. ^ "A Doll's House", Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2014 
  10. ^ "Three Kingdoms", Theatre NO99, 2011 
  11. ^ "Three Kingdoms", Lyric Theatre, 2011 
  12. ^ "I Am The Wind", Young Vic, 2011 
  13. ^ "Wastwater", Royal Court Theatre, 2011 
  14. ^ "The Trial of Ubu", Hampstead Theatre, 2012 
  15. ^ "T5", Picture House, 2010 
  16. ^ "A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky", Lyric Hammersmith, 2010 
  17. ^ "Marine Parade", ETT, 2010 
  18. ^ "Punk Rock", Royal Exchange Theatre, 2009 
  19. ^ "Sea Wall", Bush Theatre, 2008 
  20. ^ Walker, Lynne (2007), "Pornography Review", The Independent (London) 
  21. ^ "Harper Regan", National Theatre, 2007 
  22. ^ "Motortown", Royal Court Theatre, 2006 
  23. ^ "Premieres; On the Shore of the Wide World" (PDF), Royal Exchange Theatre, 2005 
  24. ^ "Country Music", Royal Court Theatre, 2004 
  25. ^ "Christmas", Bush Theatre, 2004 
  26. ^ "One Minute", ATC, 2003 
  27. ^ Hickling, Alfred (14 November 2002), "Port Review", The Guardian (London) 
  28. ^ "Herons", Royal Court Theatre, 2001 
  29. ^ "Bluebird", Royal Court Theatre, 1998 

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