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This article is about the English playwright. For other persons with the same name, see David Hare.
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
The Absence of War
Licking Hitler
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.


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]


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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