Plays by Terry Johnson


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Ken, set in 1978, sees an aspiring young playwright wrestle with a play for the Royal Court. The phone rings. The man on the other end is called Ken and he’s about to teach our hero the pleasures and perils of serendipity…

Ken was first staged at the Hampstead in 2016.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

  In Prism we see Legendary cinematic master Jack Cardiff retire to the sleepy village in Buckinghamshire. His days of hard work - and play – on some of the most famous sets in the world are now long behind him, as are his secret liaisons with some of the most famous women in the world... Surrounded by memorabilia from a lifetime of 'painting with light', the writing of an autobiography should be an easy matter - were it not that Jack would now rather live in the past than remember it.

Picture of Terry Johnson

Terry Johnson's work as a playwright includes a version of Edward Ravenscroft's The London Cuckolds, produced at the Royal National Theatre; Dead Funny which opened at the Hampstead Theatre and enjoyed two successful West End runs at the Vaudeville and Savoy Theatres, and Hysteria, produced at the Duke of York's theatre as part of the Royal Court Classic season. His earlier work includes Anabel and Unsuitable for Adults at the Bush, Imagine Drowning at Hampstead and Cries from the Mammal House at the Royal Court.

His work has been performed all over Great Britain, in major US cities, Australia, Europe, Israel, Ireland and Canada. He is the recipient of some major British Theatre Awards including Playwright of the Year 1995; Critics' Circle Best New Play 1995; Writers' Guild Best West End Play 1995; Olivier Award Best Comedy 1994; the Mayer-Whitworth Award 1993 and the John Whiting Award 1991.

He has directed new work at the Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic, Soho Poly and Hampstead Theatre. In 1996 he directed the American premiere of Stephen Jeffreys's The Libertine for Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. His Piano/Forte premiered at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs in 2006.