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David Hare
Born David Rippon
5 June 1947 (1947-06-05) (age 62)
St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex
Occupation playwright, screenwriter, director
Notable work(s) Plenty
Pravda
The Absence of War
Licking Hitler
Strapless
The Blue Room
Stuff Happens
Notable award(s) BAFTA, Golden Bear, Olivier Award
Spouse(s) Nicole Farhi

Sir David Hare (born 5 June 1947) is an English playwright and theatre and film director.

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Early life

Hare was born David Rippon in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, East Sussex, the son of Agnes (née Gilmour) and Clifford Theodore Rippon, a sailor.[1]

Education

Hare was educated at Lancing College, an independent school for boys in the village of Lancing in West Sussex, and at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Life and career

Hare's first play, Slag, was produced in 1970.

He worked with the Portable Theatre Company from 1968 - 1971. He was Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 1970-1971, and in 1973 became resident dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse, a major provincial theatre. In 1975, Hare co-founded theJoint Stock Company with David Aukin and Max Stafford-Clark. Hare began writing for the National Theatre and in 1978 his play Plenty was produced at the National Theatre, followed by A Map of the World in 1983, and Pravda in 1985, co-written with Howard Brenton. David Hare became the Associate Director of the National Theatre in 1984, and has since seen many of his plays produced, such as his trilogy of plays Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, and The Absence of War. Hare has also directed many other plays aside from his own works, such as; The Pleasure Principle by Snoo Wilson, Weapons of Happiness by Howard Brenton, and King Lear by William Shakespeare for the National Theatre. He is also the author of a collection of lectures on the arts and politics called Obedience, Struggle, and Revolt (2005).[2]

Hare founded a film company called Greenpoint Films in 1982, and has written screenplays such as Plenty, Wetherby, Strapless, and Paris by Night. Aside from movies he has also written teleplays for the BBC such as Licking Hitler, and Saigon: The Year of the Cat. His career is examined in the Reputations strand on TheatreVoice.

Hare's awards include the BAFTA Award (1979), the New York Drama Critics Circle Award (1983), the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear (1985), the Olivier Award (1990), and the London Theatre Critics' Award (1990). He was knighted in 1998.

Hare is married to the French fashion designer Nicole Farhi.

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Sir David Hare (born 1947-06-05) is an English playwright and stage director who has also worked as a screenwriter and film director, winning a BAFTA and being nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

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  • The theatre is the best way of showing the gap between what is said and what is seen to be done, and that is why, ragged and gap-toothed as it is, it has still a far healthier potential than some poorer, abandoned arts.
  • The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.
    • A Map of the World (1982), cited from Carol Homden The Plays of David Hare (1995) p. 124.

Misattributed

  • A weak mind sinks under prosperity, as well as under adversity. A strong and deep mind has two highest tides – when the moon is at the full, and when there is no moon.
  • Children always turn toward the light.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 159.
  • In oratory the will must predominate.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 97.
  • None but a fool is always right.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 445.
  • Nothing is further than Earth from Heaven: nothing is nearer than Heaven to Earth.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 563.
  • Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 143.
  • Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of Nature.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 296.
  • Purity is the feminine, Truth the masculine, of Honour.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 180.
  • Smiles are the language of love.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 249.
  • Some people carry their hearts in their heads; very many carry their heads in their hearts. The difficulty is to keep them apart, and yet both actively working together.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 7.
  • Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicate little else than the changeableness of the weather.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 526.
  • The virtue of Paganism was strength: the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 1.
  • The ultimate tendency of civilization is toward barbarism.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 459.
  • Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 159.
  • To those whose god is honour, disgrace alone is sin.
    • Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare Guesses at Truth (London: Macmillan, ([1827-48] 1867) p. 7.

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