Playwrights and their stage works 

Hugh WhitemoreHugh (John) Whitemore

English playwright born Tunbridge Wells, Kent 16 June, 1936.

Hugh Whitemore studied for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he is now a Member of the Council. He began his career in British television, writing many original plays (contributing to The Wednesday Play, Armchair Theatre and Play for Today) and dramatisations (ranging from Kafka to Daphne du Maurier), twice receiving Writers' Guild Awards. He has also written for American TV, including a four-hour film about the Alger Hiss case, Concealed Enemies, which won an Emmy Award for the best mini-series. He received an Emmy nomination for his dramatisation of the Carl Bernstein/Bob Woodward book about President Nixon, The Final Days.

Stage Works

  1. A Letter of Resignation (1963)

  2. Horrible Conspiracies (1971)

  3. Stevie: A Play from the Life and Works of Stevie Smith (produced 1977)

  4. Pack of Lies (produced 1983)

  5. Breaking the Code - adaptation of the book Alan Turing: The Enigma of Intelligence by Andrew Hodges (produced 1986)

  6. The Best of Friends (produced 1987)

  7. It's Ralph (produced 1991) Comedy Theatre, London 28 October - 28 December, 1991)

  8. The Tower of Trebizond (produced 1991)

  9. It's Ralph (produced 1991)

  10. Disposing of the Body (1991)

  11. God Only Knows (2000)

His stage plays include Stevie (starring Glenda Jackson), Pack of Lies (starring Judi Dench), Breaking the Code (starring Derek Jacobi), The Best of Friends (starring John Gielgud in his farewell stage performance), It's Ralph (starring Timothy West), A Letter of Resignation (starring Edward Fox), Disposing of the Body (starring Stephen Moore) and God Only Knows (starring Derek Jacobi). These plays have been translated into many languages and produced throughout the world.

Hugh Whitemore's work has twice been named Best Single TV drama by the UK Broadcasting Press Guild. He has received the Scripter Prize in Hollywood, the Script Prize at the 1998 Monte Carlo Festival and a special Communications Award from the American Mathematical Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Recent work: The Gathering Storm, starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave, which won the 2002 Emmy Award for outstanding writing, 2 Golden Globes, the Writers Guild of America Award, and a Peabody Award; My House in Umbria, an adaptation of the novella by William Trevor, with Maggie Smith in the leading role.