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Dennis Kelly

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Dennis Kelly is an internationally acclaimed writer.  Dennis wrote and co-produced his most recent series Utopia (Kudos/ Channel 4) and co-wrote the award-winning comedy series Pulling (Silver River / BBC 3). Dennis also wrote the book for the smash hit Matilda the Musical, which opened at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, it is currently running in the West End and on Broadway. Matilda the Musical has won multiple awards, including 4 Tony’s; (to include Best Musical Book); 7 Oliviers (to include Best Musical), 4 Whatsonstage Awards (to include Best Musical).

Stage plays include Debris (Theatre 503 / Battersea Arts Centre, 2003 & 2004); Osama the Hero (Paines Plough / Hampstead Theatre 2004 & 2005 – winner of the Meyer Whitworth Award, 2006); After the End (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Bush Theatre, UK & international tour, 2005); Love and Money (Young Vic Theatre / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2006); Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead Theatre / Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 2006; winner of the John Whiting Award 2007); DNA (NT Connections, 2007-8); Orphans (Paines Plough, Traverse Theatre, Soho Theatre & Birmingham Rep, 2009 – winner of a Fringe First and Herald Angel Award, 2009) The Gods Weep (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2010); From Morning till Midnight adapt. (National Theatre, 2013) and The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas (Royal Court, 2013). In 2009 Dennis was voted Best Foreign Playwright by Theatre Heute Magazine, Germany.

Work for radio includes The Colony (BBC Radio 3, 2004 – Prix Europa Award for Best European Radio Drama and Radio & Music Award – Script for Broadcast, 2004) and 12 Shares (BBC Radio 4, 2005).


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