Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of The 39 Steps opened at London’s Tricycle Theatre in 2006 and in the same year transferred to the Criterion Theatre where it plays to this day. In 2007, it transferred to Broadway and has since played in over thirty-nine countries world-wide. Patrick won an Olivier Award and Whatsonstage Theatregoer’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy while, in the United States, it co-won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. It won a Molière Award for Best Comedy in France, a Helpmann award for Best Comedy in Australia. Last year Patrick won the accolade of being the most performed playwright in America.
Patrick’s other recent theatre writing includes a five-person Christmas Carol which opened off-Broadway in November 2013 and a new four-person version of BEN-HUR which will perform in the UK in 2015.
Apart from The 39 Steps, Patrick is most renowned for his two-man National Theatre of Brent, which he created in 1980 and in which he plays Artistic Director and Chief Executive Desmond Olivier Dingle. The company’s legendary two-man epics have been performed on stage, radio and television and include The Charge of the Light Brigade, Zulu! The Black Hole of Calcutta, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Messiah, The Wonder of Sex, French Revolution!, Massive Landmarks of the Twentieth Century, The Complete and Utter History of the Mona Lisa, The Charles and Diana Story, The Arts and How They was Done, Iconic Icons and most recently, Giant Ladies Who Changed the World. They have won two Sonys, a Premier Ondas and New York Festival Award for Best Comedy.
Patrick’s other film and television writing includes:
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Christopher Columbus, Queen of the East, The Judgment of Paris, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, Van Gogh and The Young Visiters.
Other radio writing includes:
The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare, The Patrick and Maureen Maybe Music Experience and Joan of Arc. His latest radio series, The Skool Days of Nigel Molesworth will be transmitted on BBC Radio 4 at Christmas 2014.
His publications include:
All the World’s a Globe, Shakespeare: The Truth! The Complete History of the World, Love Upon the Throne, The Messiah and The Wonder of Sex.
Theatre acting includes:
The Knack, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Loot, The Common Pursuit, Silly Cow and Toad in Alan Bennett’s The Wind in the Willows.
Film acting includes:
Shakespeare in Love, Notting Hill, The Girl From Rio, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Nanny McPhee, Scoop and Riot Club.
Television acting includes:
Talk to Me, All Passion Spent, Aristophanes, Eddie Izzard’s Cows, French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous, Is It Legal?, Hans Christian Anderson, Marple, Sensitive Skin, Jam and Jerusalem, and Miranda.
Radio acting includes:
The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Wizard of Oz, Rent, Volpone and Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods.
He is a regular contributor to Looking Forward to the Past, Quote Unquote and Broadcasting House.