1795: England is at war with France, women are seen but not heard, and the Prince Regent, a man with ‘an undeserved reputation for enjoying the amusements of his position whilst not embracing duties’, is under pressure to marry and produce and heir.
Plays by Nick Stafford
Katherine Desouza is missing, possibly murdered. Possibly by Kevin, possibly not. Languishing in prison for a series of killings of which he claims to be innocent, Kevin's regular visitor is his old flame Fay. Katherine's father befriends Fay to establish the truth behind his daughter's disappearance. But who is being used, and who is playing the mind games?
Katherine Desouza premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in May 2005.
The need for love is intensified by grief. When the last guests leave Vince's wake, his immediate family turn to each other, longing to connect. But the family proves to be a burden as well as a refuge as they struggle to find the comfort they crave.
Love Me Tonight premiered at the Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2004.
The Mercer family's fortune started in 18th-century England, increased via South African gems in the 19th, and is managed on an ethical basis today. But when a modern Mercer begins digging beneath the surface, the family's past suddenly appears less clear-cut than the gems they once traded. Set in the West Midlands of England in 1799 and 1999 and in Kimberley, South Africa in 1899 Luminosity tells three tales of interlinked lives where greed, lies and generosity have surprising results.
Luminosity premiered at The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2001.
I want you to do yourself proud, Joey. You go and drive those Germans back where they've come from, and then come home to me.
At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, fate takes Joey on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.
Nick Stafford's adaptation for the stage of the celebrated novel by the Children's Laureate (2003-05) Michael Morpurgo leads us on a gripping journey through history.
War Horse premiered at the National Theatre, London, in October 2007.
Nick Stafford's stage plays include The Canal Ghost, The Whisper of Angels' Wings, Moll Cutpurse, The Snow Queen, Listen with dA dA, The Devil's Only Sleeping, The Go Between, Battle Royal, Luminosity, Love Me Tonight, Katherine Desouza and his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, War Horse (Tony Award, Best Play 2011). His plays for radio include A Matter of Sex (winner of Sony Gold Award Best Original Script), Ring of Roses, La Petite Mort, The List, A Year and a Day, The Fire Inside, Birdsong,, A Thousand Acres and Frankenstein. His TV films include The Missing Finger. His screenplays include The Blue Suit, Pity (winner of Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award 1998) and Katherine Desouza. His first novel, Armistice, was published in 2010.