Edward Kemp

Edward Kemp is a UK-based writer, director, dramaturg and translator. Since 2008 he has been Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. He has collaborated with Cathy Marston on sixteen ballets, with companies across Europe and North America. These include Ghosts, Echo and Narcissus (ROH), The Suit (Ballet Black), Mrs Robinson (San Francisco Ballet), Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Grands Ballets Canadiens), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Royal Danish Ballet), Blood Wedding (Helsinki Ballet), Juliet and Romeo, Wuthering Heights, Ein Winternachtstraum, Clara, and Hexenhatz (Bern Ballet). 


He has written text for Julian Philips’s How the Whale Became (ROH) and The Yellow Sofa (Glyndebourne), Victoria Borisova Ollas’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet (Manchester International Festival), Jason Carr’s Six Pictures of Lee Miller (Chichester), and Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible (BBC Proms), as well as for composers Sally Beamish, Tansy Davies, Terry Davies, Stuart MacRae, Alwynne Pritchard and Gary Yershon.


Plays and adaptations include: Racine’s Andromache (RADA/Radio 3), Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita (Chichester/Complicite), King James Bible (National), Kleist’s Penthesilea and Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba (RADA), Brecht’s Turandot (Hampstead), 5/11 (Chichester), Lessing’s Nathan the Wise (Chichester/BBC Radio), WG Sebald’s The Emigrants (Radio 3), Moliere’s Don Juan and The Hypochondriac (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (Young Vic/Baton Rouge), and The Mysteries (RSC/Radio 3).  He has written four short films for RADA. 


As a director, productions include Romeo & Juliet, Stuff Happens, A Little Night Music, Andromache, The Sea, Six Pictures of Lee Miller, King Lear, The Young Idea, Company, Penthesilea (RADA), Macbeth (Regent’s Park), Office Suite, Dr Faustus, Wild Orchids, Accrington Pals (Chichester), Beautiful People (Scarborough), Mommsens Block, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (Vermont), Missing Reel, Wanted Man, and Coventry (NT Studio).


He has written and adapted plays for the National, RSC, Chichester, Complicite, Hampstead, Young Vic and BBC Radio.  As a director he has worked at the National, Chichester, Royal Court, West Yorkshire Playhouse, BAC, Regent’s Park, Scarborough, Edinburgh Traverse and in Vermont and Louisiana, directing Shakespeare, European classics, musicals and new work. 

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