Jon Brittain

Playwright and writer for radio and television

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Biography

Jon Brittain is a playwright, comedy writer and director. 

His critically acclaimed play Rotterdam premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios where it earned him a nomination for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016 and an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017.

His previous work includes the cult hit show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, and the plays A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), What Would Spock Do?, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo and The Wake.

His play Rotterdam ran at 503 to a sell-out crowd and wonderful reviews before transferring to the West End, for which he received a nomination for the prestigious Charles Wintour Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. 

He directed both of John Kearns's Fosters Award winning shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick and Tom Allen's shows Both Worlds and Indeed

He is currently working on several new scripts for the BBC as well as the musical How to Stop Being Fat and Start Being Happy with composer Harry Blake.


CV

Theatre

Writer

Rotterdam
Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliate Theatre 2017
Starring
  • Alice McCarthy
  • Anna Martine
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    Full length play about gender identity and relationships.

    Theatre 503/59E59/Trafalgar Studios/The Arts Theatre
     
    ProducerSilent Uproar
     

    Sally is a happy person, but she’s also got an illness – one that makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be.

    New Diorama Theatre
     
     

    A one man play about bulimia.

    Theatre 503
     
    Starring
  • Nick Kay
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    A bittersweet story of loss told from the perspective of the family dog
    Latitude Festival
     
    DirectorJon Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Sam Donnelly
  • Paul Joseph
  • Fiona Skinner
  • Claire Timmins
  •  
    Short play presented as part of Shhhh.... by the 503Five
    Theatre 503
     
    DirectorAlex Brown
    Starring
  • Lydia Larson
  • Matt Milne
  • Joseph Radcliffe
  • Iris Roberts
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    Short play, part of The Miniaturists 33
    Arcola Theatre
     
    DirectorLisa Cagnacci
     
    Short play, part of This Year it Will be Different, a collection of New Year's plays
    Theatre 503
     
    ProducerThe Kevin Spacey Foundation
     
    Specially edited version of Richard III, used as part of workshops run by the Kevin Spacey Foundation
    Worldwide Tour
     
    ProducerThe Faction Theatre Company
     
    Part of a team of writers for The Faction Theatre Company's new adaptation of Schiller's Demetrius
    New Diorama Theatre
     
    ProducerBox of Tricks Theatre
     
    Short play, part of Box of Tricks' Farewell to London show
    Yard Theatre
     
    ProducerMisshapen Theatre
     
    Short play as part of Blast Off, an evening of sci-fi drama
    Theatre 503
     
    ProducerLucy Jackson
    DirectorNatasha Nixon
    Starring
  • Samuel Donnelly
  • Helen Duff
  • Michael Lyle
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    Comedy about the world of internet dating

    Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
     
    ProducerTara Wilkinson
    DirectorNathalie Ibu
    Starring
  • Nicholas Lawson
  • Joshua McCord
  • Helen Millar
  • Amy Morgan
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    Comedy play in reaction to the Old Vic's A Flea in His Ear
    Old Vic, Time Warner Ignition
     
    ProducerLucy Jackson
    DirectorJonathan Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Jack Swain
  • Alice White
  •  

    Comedy following a relationship played out on Facebook

    Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton Fringe Festival
     
     
    Short play, part of Fifteen, The Space's fifteenth anniversary celebrations
    The Space
     
    DirectorLotte Wakeham
    Starring
  • Nick Banks
  • Lucy Benson-Brown
  • Anna Maguire
  •  
    Short play written for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange
    The Vineyard Theatre, New York
     
     
    Play for teenagers
    RADA
     
     
    Translation and adaptation
    National Theatre Studio
     
    DirectorAnt Cule
    Starring
  • Nicholas Banks
  • Vivienne Bell
  • Theo Chester
  • Paul Heath
  •  

    Play created as part of the Old Vic, New Voices 24 Hour Plays

    Old Vic
     
     
    Rehearsed reading
    Soho Theatre
     
    The Wake
    Judges Award For Comedy - National Student Drama Festival
    DirectorAnt Cule
    Starring
  • Ashley Booth
  •  
    One man play about family secrets spilling out at a wake
    NSDF, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh. New Diorama, London.
     
    ProducerOff the Kerb Productions
     

    Comedy theatre show

     

    Director

     
    Gilded Ballroom
     
    John Kearns: Shtick
    Foster's Comedy Award 2014
    WriterJohn Kearns
     
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, Soho Theatre
     
    John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts
    Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2013
    WriterJohn Kearns
     
    Soho Theatre
     

    Writer & Director

    ProducerJames Seabright
     

    Comedy about love, Star Trek, and learning to accept who you are

    Gilded Balloon - EdFringe
     
    Starring
  • Matthew Tedford
  •  
    A satirical drag musical that tells the story of Maggie's adventures in Soho, where a wrong-turn leads to her becoming an overnight cabaret star
    Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
     

    Assistant Director

    DirectorHanna Berrigan
     
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014
     
    DirectorDavid Grindley
     

    The world's first show based on coming-out stories

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, St James Theatre
     

    TV

    Writer

    ProducerRachelle Constant
     

    In development at BBC3.

    BBC 3
     
    Starring
  • Kwesi Boakye
  • Rupert Degas
  • Kyla Rae Kowalewski
  • Dan Russell
  •  
    Children's animated show about a family of blue cats and pink rabbits
    Turner for Cartoon Network
     

    Creator & Writer

     
    Co-created and written with Suzi Ruffell
    ITV Studios
    In devlopment
     
    Last Train Home
    Pilot for 6 x 30'
     
    Comedy pilot developed as part of the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course
    In development
     

    Film

    Writer

    DirectorJoanna Coates
     
    Short film adapted from Jon's Play for the Old Vic 

     

    Radio

    Writer

     

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4