Alistair Beaton is a playwright, political satirist and translator whose work spans theatre, television, radio and publishing. He was born in Glasgow and educated at the Universities of Edinburgh, Bochum & Moscow and speaks Russian, German and French. He now lives in London.
His plays include FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON'T USE THE F-WORD (Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre); CALEDONIA (Kings Theatre/Edinburgh International Festival); KING OF HEARTS (Out of Joint/Hampstead Theatre/Sonia Friedman Productions); FOLLOW MY LEADER (Birmingham Rep and Hampstead Theatre) and FEELGOOD (Hampstead Theatre, Garrick Theatre West End. Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Olivier Award nomination for Best Play).
With Ned Sherrin he wrote THE METROPOLITAN MIKADO (Queen Elizabeth Hall/Festival Hall) and THE RATEPAYERS’ IOLANTHE (Queen Elizabeth Hall/Phoenix Theatre West End).
Alistair Beaton's plays in translation include: PLAY STRINDBERG (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE (Shared Experience); THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (revised version, Minerva Theatre, Chichester and Duchess Theatre, West End); THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (Chichester Festival Theatre); THE ARSONISTS (Royal Court Theatre); LA VIE PARISIENNE; DIE FLEDERMAUS (both D’Oyly Carte) and THE NOSE (Nottingham Playhouse).
Television work includes: THE TRIAL OF TONY BLAIR (BAFTA nomination for Best Single Film); A VERY SOCIAL SECRETARY (Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama); DOWNWARDLY MOBILE; SPITTING IMAGE; MINDER; and NOT THE NINE O’CLOCK NEWS.
He has written and presented a number of programmes for radio, most notably: ELECTRIC INK; FOURTH COLUMN; THE BEATON GENERATION; DOME ALONE WITH ALISTAIR BEATON and LITTLE ENGLAND BIG WORLD.
Books and publications include: A PLANET FOR THE PRESIDENT; THE LITTLE BOOK OF MANAGEMENT BOLLOCKS; THE LITTLE BOOK OF NEW LABOUR BOLLOCKS; THE LITTLE BOOK OF COMPLETE BOLLOCKS; DROP THE DEAD DONKEY and THE THATCHER PAPERS.