Chris Hannan was born in Clydebank, Scotland. He went to University College, Oxford, graduating at the age of 20 with a double first in English Literature, before returning to Glasgow to work with homeless people in a night-shelter. Since then he has been a full-time writer.
His plays include ELIZABETH GORDON QUINN (Traverse, 1985) and THE EVIL DOERS (Time Out Award 1990 and Charrington London Fringe Best New Play). His play SHINING SOULS opened at the Traverse in 1996 and was later revived by the Old Vic in 1997, winning a Scotland on Sunday Critics Award and a Lloyds Bank Playwright of the Year nomination. In 2006 ELIZABETH GORDON QUINN was revived by the National Theatre of Scotland in its inaugural season. THE GOD OF SOHO was staged by Shakespeares Globe in 2009 and THE THREE MUSKETEERS AND THE PRINCESS OF SPAIN (Traverse/English Touring Theatre/Belgrade Theatre) was nominated in the 2011 Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland in four categories, winning Best New Play and Best Ensemble.
As well as his original plays, Chris has adapted CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Glasgow Citizens' Theatre/Liverpool Playhouse/Lyceum Edinburgh, 2013) and THE ILIAD (Lyceum Edinburgh, 2016). He has also made new versions of Ibsen's THE PRETENDERS (RSC,1991) GOGOL'S GAMLERS (Tricycle,1992) and STARS IN THE MORNING SKY (Belgrade Theatre, 2012). His 2008 novel MISSY was awarded the Mckitterick Prize for a debut novel.
Chris' recent play WHAT SHADOWS opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in October 2016.