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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

Your Reaction: What did you think of George Benjamin's <em>Written on Skin</em> 2017?

Your Reaction: What did you think of George Benjamin's Written on Skin 2017?

16 January 2017

Audience reactions to the return of Katie Mitchell's captivating Royal Opera production.

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.

Photos

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Written on Skin audience member Rhiannon

Barbara Hannigan as Agnès in Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan as Agnès and Bejun Mehta as Boy in Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Written on Skin audience member Andrew

Christopher Purves as Protector, Bejun Mehta as Boy and Barbara Hannigan as Agnès in Written on Skin

Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan as Agnès and Christopher Purves as the Protector in Written on Skin

Allan Clayton as John, Rebecca Jo Loeb as Marie and Bejun Mehta as Boy in Written on Skin

Christopher Purves as Protector in Written on Skin

Martin Crimp

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Iestyn Davies and Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Victoria Simmonds, Christopher Purves, Mark Padmore in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Mark Padmore in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Iestyn Davies in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Iestyn Davies in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Written on Skin audience member Tony

Christopher Purves as Protector and Barbara Hannigan as Agnès in Written on Skin