portrait by Camilla Broadbent

Neil Bartlett has been making rule-breaking theatre and performance since 1983. After a controversial early career he was appointed Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in London in 1994; since leaving the Lyric in in 2005 he has made work for  the National, the Barbican, the American Repertory Theatre in Boston , the Abbey in Dublin, the Bristol Old Vic, the Manchester Royal Exchange , Opera North, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Manchester International Festival, the Brighton Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival - as well as for the Wellcome Foundation and South London's notorious  Royal Vauxhall Tavern. He is also an acclaimed author ; his most recent novel, The Disappearance Boy, earnt him a nomination as Stonewall Author of the Year in 2014.




LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER  a new kind of war memorial . A major new  online writing project, created with novelist  Kate Pullinger - and involving over twenty thousand members of the public. An anthology of the letters was published by William Collins in November 2014. Timberlake Wertenbaker's letter was made into a short film with a cast including Eddie Redmayne, directed by Neil Bartlett.

BENJAMIN BRITTEN'S OWEN WINGRAVE   an acclaimed  new production of Britten's controversial pacifist opera at the  Edinburgh International Festival  August 15-17 2014, with Susan Bullock and Janis Kelly, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.

THE DISAPPEARANCE BOY - Neil's new novel was published by Bloomsbury in  2014, and re-issued in paperback in 2015.

PATRICIA HIGHSMITH'S CAROL  adapted and directed  by Neil Bartlett and starring Miranda Richardson ;  broadcast on BBC  Radio 4 in December 2014


 WOULD YOU MIND ? -  a new installation by Neil Bartlett on  was  on display at The Wellcome Institute in London  from April to September 2015 - a contemporary sex survey, displaying the private thoughts of over fifteen thousand members of the public..

STELLA, a new theatre piece by Neil Bartlett - inspired by the life and death of  Victorian corss-dresser Ernest Boulton - opened at the Brighton Festival  2016 at the Brighton Theatre Royal ; it then transferred to Hoxton Hall in  London as part of the 2016 London International Festival of Theatre , and then finally played three sold-out shows at the Holland Festival ( Amsterdam) .

Richard Cant as Stella ; Hoxton Hall
LIFT London 2016

DE PROFUNDIS  a solo six-hour live performance of Oscar Wilde's love letter to Lord Alfred Douglas, performed in the chapel of Reading Gaol on September 4th 2016. Produced by Artangel as part of  their installation project INSIDE. Available on youtube.