Director and playwright Nicholas Wright made his Royal Ballet debut in 2011, writing the scenario for Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Wright was born in Cape Town and moved to London to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He joined the Royal Court Theatre in 1965 as a casting director and in 1969 became the first director of the Theatre Upstairs. He was co-artistic director of the Royal Court with Robert Kidd 1975–7. Directing credits at the Royal Court included The Great Caper by Ken Campbell, Bird Child by David Lan and Owners by Caryl Churchill. He joined the National Theatre as a literary manager in 1984 and was an associate director until 1998. Wright’s plays include Treetops and One Fine Day (Riverside Studios), The Gorky Brigade (Royal Court), Crimes of Vautrin (Joint Stock), Custom of the Country and Desert Air (Royal Shakespeare Company), Cressida (Almeida Theatre at the Albery) and Mrs. Klein, Vincent in Brixton and The Reporter (NT). Adaptations include Naked and Lulu (Almeida), John Gabriel Borkman, Three Sisters and His Dark Materials (NT) and Thérèse Raquin (Chichester Festival Theatre and NT).
Wright’s opera librettos include The Little Prince (Houston Grand Opera) and Man on the Moon (Channel 4). Television credits include Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City (Channel 4) and three episodes of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO/BBC). Books include 99 Plays and Changing Stages (with Richard Eyre).