Edward Kemp is a UK-based writer, theatre director, translator and dramaturg.
Edward is beginning his second year as Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For news of current productions and plans visit RADA's new website
Writing and Dramaturgy
Edward's attempt to bring order to Brecht's last, unfinished play is at Hampstead Theatre until October 4. It features Linbury Prize-winning designs by Garance Marneur.
A Line in the Sand
A new play about the Middle East originally commissioned with money from US backers Vaux Les Ventures, continues in development, though has been rather side-lined by RADA commitments..
Racine's last play. This project which, as a conversation at least, preceded all Edward's other collaborations with Steven Pimlott, and which we had all hoped that Steven would be able to direct – has inevitably been delayed by Steven's untimely death. The translation exists in a first draft phase and the Almeida remain keen to pursue the project, which was initially begun with funds from the National Theatre Studio. A tribute to Steven can be found here.
Discussions continue with BBC TV about a new drama series, and all being well Edward will begin work on a pilot episode over the summer.
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
A staged concert with silent film adapted from Salman Rushdie's novel. Music - Victoria Borisova-Ollas. Stage and film director - Mike Figgis. This was a great success at its premiere in the Manchester International Festival in June, where it was performed by Alan Rickman, Lore Lixenberg, James McOran-Campbell and the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder. The Swedish premiere will take place soon in Stockholm. Plans continue for future performances in London and the US.
A Tale of Two Cities
This was a major success artistically and featured some of Cathy's best recent choreography, including some terrific duets and chorus work of real power. The Northern Ballet Theatre company were terrific and the orchestra played Dave Maric's score with a richness that belied their numbers. The production is currently on tour to Sheffield and Nottingham. It was great to be reunited with lots of old friends at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (scene of many collaborations with Toby Jones and The Table Show). To find out more about A Tale of Two Cities visit the website here
Following a new scenario for Stravinsky's Firebird, premiered in October last year, and a revival of Ghosts in April, Edward and Cathy Marston are now making plans for a new ballet based on Wuthering Heights, once again with a score by Dave Maric. And plans are being made finally to stage Clara, a ballet about Clara Schumann, which was
Cathy and Edward's first ever scenario.
The Glyndebourne run finished in August, but there will be a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on October 11 (including interval discussion with composer Peter Eötvös, conductor Vladimir Jurowski and Edward). Future productions are planned for Vilnius and Chemnitz. Meanwhile Edward is in discussion with Glyndebourne about writing a short libretto for a workshop production next summer.
An extended interview with Dominic Cavendish dealing with Nathan The Wise and 5/11 amongst other topics is available at Theatre Voice. Enter the archive and then put 'Edward Kemp' into the Search.