Nick Stafford

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Nick Stafford (born 1959 in Staffordshire) is a British playwright and writer.[1] He is best known for writing the stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse, which garnered him a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play in 2008,[2][3] and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2011.[4]


Stafford trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance,[5] and his first professionally produced play was commissioned in 1987 by the Half Moon Young People's Theatre, where Stafford was writer-in-residence. He also got commissions from other small companies, before going to the Young Vic, also as writer-in-residence.[6] His first play there, The Snow Queen, ran for two years.[6] He has had several plays produced at the National Theatre and at Birmingham Rep.[7] Stafford's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse was first produced in London in 2007, where it is still running; other productions are running in New York and will open next year (2012) in Toronto, Canada. Five of his plays have been published by Faber and Faber.[1]

Stafford also has had several plays produced on BBC Radio 4,[1] and has been commissioned to write movies and television drama; none of these bar a BBC short has been filmed.[6]

Stafford was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Roehampton University from 2003–06 and at the University of Southampton from 2007–09.[1][6]

Stafford's first novel, Armistice, was published in 2009.



Radio plays

All were produced for BBC Radio 4.


  • 2009 Armistice novel.


  1. ^ a b c d "Nick Stafford". Royal Literary Fund. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Smith, Alistair (7 February 2008). "Hairspray leads the nominations at the Laurence Olivier Awards". The Stage. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Thwaite, Mark. "Interview: Nick Stafford". Quercus Books. Archived from the original on 26 March 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Winners List – All Categories". Tony Awards. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "News: Rose Bruford College would like to congratulate all those involved in War Horse". Rose Bruford College. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Nick Stafford Interview". WriteWords. 16 January 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Nick Stafford". Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Nick Stafford". The Agency. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Playback: The Bulletin of the National Sound Archive" (PDF). The National Sound Archive. Summer 1993. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "War Horse: Nick Stafford". Faber and Faber. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 

External links

  • Nick Stafford page at The Agency
  • Review of Armistice in The Observer
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