Stephen Clark

Playwright, librettist and lyricist

Portrait of Stephen Clark. A playwright, librettist and lyricist.  

Stephen is an award winning playwright, librettist and lyricist. His work has been performed all over the world for the last 30 years. He lives in Brighton and has no cats.

Stephen Clark’s play, Stripped, won a Jefferson Award in Chicago 2003 (Circle Theatre). Other plays include Takeaway (Lyric Hammersmith and national tour) and Making Waves at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.

Stephen became involved with music theatre after studying with Stephen Sondheim at Oxford University in 1991. His first musical, Eyam, was produced at the Old Fire Station and The Bridewell. Stephen went on to receive an Olivier award for his lyrics for the re-worked version of Martin Guerre for Cameron Mackintosh, which then toured Britain and North America.

Other work includes Forbidden City (Esplanade Theatre, Singapore) and The Far Pavilions (The Shaftsbury Theatre, London). He adapted the libretto of La Traviata for ENO’s new production in 2006.

Stephen’s music theatre adaptation of The Mahabharata, music by Nitin Sawhney, opened in 2007 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, and toured Britain. He wrote the book and lyrics for Zorro (UK tour, The Garrick, London and the Folies Bergère, Paris. Now also Brazil, Tokyo, Moscow, Israel, Holland, South Korea, Atlanta, Poland, Czech Republic. Israel, China).

Stephen wrote the book and lyrics for Love Story, music by Howard Goodall, which opened at Chichester in 2010 and opened in the West End in December 2010. It has since been in Philadelphia and is about to tour Holland, starting in Autumn 2013. Love Story was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Musical. This was Stephen’s 4th Olivier Award nomination for that category.

Stephen is currently researching two commissioned plays and writing two new musicals.

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