d w a r d   K e m p



word - image - story 


Edward Kemp is a UK-based writer, theatre director, translator and dramaturg.




Edward continues as Director of RADA.  He has recently adapted Goldoni's Holiday Trilogy for a production by Simon Gonella.  For information on all events at RADA visit  the website


King James Bible

Edward edited the King James Bible into 12 80 minute segments for theatrical readings on the Lyttelton stage. Podcasts are available from the National Theatre website.


Commission for the RSC.

A Line in the Sand

A new play about TELawrence, needs a new draft.


Racine's last play.  This project which, as a conversation at least, preceded all Edward's other collaborations with Steven Pimlott.  A script was commissioned by the National and then adopted by the Almeida.  Steven's death has shelved the project, but we still hope to find a director with the vision and passion to take on this extraordinary work.


Collaborations continue apace with Cathy Marston.  Blood Wedding opened in Helsinki in November 2010 where it was acclaimed and a revival is now planned.  Cathy and Edward are working on Ein Winternachtstraum, inspired by A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM with music by Felix Mendelssohn and Gabriel Prokofiev, which will premiere in Bern in October.

The Yellow Sofa

Edward's first collaboration with Julian Philips, having played a very successful run at Glyndebourne in 2009, has plans for a revival and tour in 2011/12.  Julian and Edward are planning future collaborations.   

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 2007, where it was performed by Alan Rickman, Lore Lixenberg, James McOran-Campbell and the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mark Elder.  The Swedish premiere took place the following year and most of this performance can be found on YouTube.   Plans continue for future performances in London and the US.