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Martin Crimp

Writer

Biography

British playwright Martin Crimp made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 with Written on Skin, in collaboration with composer George Benjamin. In the 2017/18 Season The Royal Opera gives the premiere of his new collaboration with Benjamin, Lessons in Love and Violence.

Crimp’s plays include In the Republic of Happiness, Play House, The City, Fewer Emergencies, Cruel and Tender (written for Luc Bondy), Face to the Wall, The Country, Attempts on her Life, The Treatment, Getting Attention, No One Sees the Video, Play with Repeats, Dealing with Clair and Definitely the Bahamas. His translations of plays include Botho Strauss’s Gross und klein, Ionesco’s Rhinocéros and Les Chaises, Marivaux’s La Fausse Suivante and Le Triomphe de l’amour, Genet’s Les Bonnes, Koltès’s Roberto Zucco, Chekhov’s The Seagull and Molière’s Le Misanthrope. He first collaborated with Benjamin in 2006 on Into the Little Hill. In the UK his work has been produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Almeida, Young Vic, Complicite and Royal Court Theatre, where he was Writer in Residence in 1997. In New York his work has been seen at Public Theater, Classic Stage Company, on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Crimp’s work has been translated into many languages and produced at international venues including Piccolo Teatro, Milan, Sala Beckett, Barcelona, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Théâtre de la Ville, Schaubühne, Berlin, by the Berliner Ensemble and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris and the Vienna Festival.

Crimp’s awards include the 1993 John Whiting Award for The Treatment and the 2005 Premio Ubu for the Fewer Emergencies trilogy.

Videos

News and features

How George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin creates music drama for the 21st century

24 January 2017
How George Benjamin’s opera <em>Written on Skin</em> creates music drama for the 21st century

Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp make dramatic alchemy, as devices that distance the audience paradoxically build to potent music drama.

Your Reaction: What did you think of George Benjamin's Written on Skin 2017?

16 January 2017
Your Reaction: What did you think of George Benjamin's <em>Written on Skin</em> 2017?

Audience reactions to the return of Katie Mitchell's captivating Royal Opera production.

The Royal Opera commissions new work from George Benjamin and Martin Crimp

14 June 2013
The Royal Opera commissions new work from George Benjamin and Martin Crimp

Written on Skin composer and writer to create new opera that will have its premiere in 2018.

Photos

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Samuel Boden as Boy & Young King, Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl, Barbara Hannigan as Isabel in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as King and Gyula Orendt as Gaveston in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan as Isabel, Stéphane Degout as King and Gyula Orendt as Gaveston in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan as Isabel in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan as Isabel and Peter Hoare as Mortimer in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl, Barbara Hannigan as Isabel, Stéphane Degout as King and Samuel Boden as Boy & Young King in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl and Stéphane Degout as King in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan as Isabel in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl and Peter Hoare as Mortimer in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Jennifer France as Witness 1, Krisztina Szabó as Witness 2, Barbara Hannigan as Isabel, Samuel Boden as Boy & Young King and Peter Hoare as Mortimer in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Written on Skin audience member Rhiannon

Barbara Hannigan as Agnès in Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan as Agnès and Bejun Mehta as Boy in Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Katie Mitchell’s Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan and Christopher Purves in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera

Andri Björn Róbertsson as Witness 3, Krisztina Szabó as Witness 2 and Jennifer France as Witness 1 in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Gyula Orendt as Gaveston, Stéphane Degout as King and Krisztina Szabó as Singer 2 in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Peter Hoare as Mortimer in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as King, Gyula Orendt as Gaveston, Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Samuel Boden as Boy & Young King in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hannigan as Isabel, Stéphane Degout as King, Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Production Photo of Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Samuel Boden as Boy & Young King, Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl, Stéphane Degout as King and Gyula Orendt as Gaveston in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Barbara Hanngan as Isabel, Samuel Boden as Boy & Young King and Ocean Barrington-Cook as Girl in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera