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Martin Crimp

Writer

Biography

British playwright Martin Crimp made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 with Written on Skin, in collaboration with composer George Benjamin.

Crimp’s plays include In the Republic of Happiness, Play House, The City, Fewer Emergencies, Cruel and Tender (written for Luc Bondy), Face to the Wall, The Country, Attempts on her Life, The Treatment, Getting Attention, No One Sees the Video, Play with Repeats, Dealing with Clair and Definitely the Bahamas. His translations of plays include Botho Strauss’s Gross und klein, Ionesco’s Rhinocéros and Les Chaises, Marivaux’s La Fausse Suivante and Le Triomphe de l’amour, Genet’s Les Bonnes, Koltès’s Roberto Zucco, Chekhov’s The Seagull and Molière’s Le Misanthrope. He first collaborated with Benjamin in 2006 on Into the Little Hill. In the UK his work has been produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Almeida, Young Vic, Complicite and Royal Court Theatre, where he was Writer in Residence in 1997. In New York his work has been seen at Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Crimp’s work has been translated into many languages and produced at international venues including Piccolo Teatro, Milan, Sala Beckett, Barcelona, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Théâtre de la Ville, Schaubühne, Berlin, by the Berliner Ensemble and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris and the Vienna Festival.

Crimp’s awards include the 1993 John Whiting Award for The Treatment and the 2005 Premio Ubu for the Fewer Emergencies trilogy.

Videos

News and features

The Royal Opera commissions new work from George Benjamin and Martin Crimp

The Royal Opera commissions new work from George Benjamin and Martin Crimp

14 June 2013

Written on Skin composer and writer to create new opera that will have its premiere in 2018.

Listen: The cast and creative team speak about Written on Skin

Listen: The cast and creative team speak about Written on Skin

1 March 2013

George Benjamin, Martin Crimp, Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves on the opera.

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