Christopher Hampton

2021

Christopher Hampton is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer.

Born in 1946 in Horta, Azores, he spent his childhood in Aden, Egypt and Zanzibar, then studied French and German at Oxford University. He was the youngest writer ever to have a play staged in the West End, and was resident dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1960’s.

His own stage plays include “When Did You Last See My Mother” (1966), performed at The Royal Court Theatre, “Total Eclipse” (1968), “The Philanthropist” (1970), “Savages” (1974), and “Treats” (1976).

His screenwriting credits include translations of classics such as Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” (1970), “Tales from the Vienna Woods” (1977), and “Moliere’s Tartuffe” (1984), and his television work includes “The History Man” for the BBC, “The Ginger Tree” (1989), and Tales from Hollywood (1989).

In 1985 he wrote the play “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, adapted and translated from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, and later adapted it as a screenplay. The resulting film, “Dangerous Liaisons”, was an international success. He also wrote and directed “Carrington”, about the relationship of Lytton Strachey with the painter Dora Carrington.

Other work includes translations of Yasmina Reza’s work for the stage, and further versions of Chekhov and Odon von Horvath.  He wrote the stage adaptation and co-wrote the lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, and the recent screenplay for the BAFTA nominated film, “Atonement” (2007), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Hampton’s recent works include the plays “The Talking Cure” (2002) and “Appomattox” (2012), the musicals “Rebecca” (2012) and “Stephen Ward the Musical” (2013), and the film adaptations of “A Dangerous Method” (2011) based on John Kerr’s “A Most Dangerous Method”, “Ali and Nino” (2012) adapted from Kurban Said’s novel of the same name, and “The Thirteenth Tale” (2013), adapted for the BBC.

More information: literature.britishcouncil.org, www.faber.co.uk, www.imdb.com and en.wikipedia.org

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