Mike Barlett is an award-winning playwright whose plays include Game (Almeida Theatre); An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford Palace Theatre); King Charles III (Almeida/West End); Bull (Sheffield Theatres/Off-Broadway); Medea (Glasgow Citizens/Headlong); Chariots of Fire (based on the film; Hampstead/West End); 13 (National Theatre); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Plymouth Drum/Royal Court); Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre); Cock (Royal Court/Off-Broadway); Artefacts (Nabokov/Bush); Contractions and My Child (Royal Court). He was Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre in 2011, and the Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007. Cock won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2010. Love, Love, Love won the TMA Best New Play Award in 2011. Bull won the same award in 2013. King Charles III won the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play in 2015. He has written seven plays for BBC Radio, winning the Writers' Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking, and his three-part television series, The Town, was broadcast on ITV1 in 2012 and nominated for a BAFTA for Breakthrough Talent.
'short, sharp, pulse-quickening... a dark, riveting drama packed with ideas' - Telegraph 'a knockout... I couldn't look away' - Financial Times 'powerful... a fearsome vision of the future that is also an acute comment on the present' - The Arts Desk 'audacious... its chutzpah [is] as exhilarating as its message is depressing - Time Out