Works by Trevor Griffiths


Theatre: The Wages of ThinFirst performed at The Stables Theatre Manchester; starring Richard Wilson; directed by Gordon McDougall.


Theatre: Occupations—First performed at The Stables Theatre Manchester; starring Richard Kane, Richard Wilson; directed by Gordon McDougall. London premiere, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1971; starring Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley; directed by Buzz Goodbody.


Theatre: ApricotsFirst performed at the Basement Theatre, London; starring Tamara Hinchco, Peter Sproule; directed by Robert Walker.

Theatre: Thermidor—First performed (with Apricots) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; starring Tamara Hinchco, Peter Sproule; directed by Robert Walker.


Theatre: Sam, Sam—First performed at the Open Space Theatre, London, directed by Charles Marowitz.

Television: Adam Smith—11-part series, starring Andrew Keir, Granada TV.


Theatre: The Party—First performed at the National Theatre at The Old Vic, London; starring Laurence Olivier, Ronald Pickup, Frank Finlay; directed by John Dexter.

Television: The Silver MaskLondon Weekend.


Television: All Good Men—BBC, starring Jack Shepherd and Bill Fraser, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, produced by Ann Scott.

Television: Absolute Beginners—episode in the series Fall of Eagles, BBC, starring Patrick Stewart, directed by Stuart Burge.

TV production of stage play: Occupations—Granada, starring Jack Shepherd, Donald Pleasance, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, produced by Jonathan Powell.


Theatre: Comedians—First performed at Nottingham Playhouse, starring Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Jewell, Steven Rae, Tom Wilkinson; directed by Richard Eyre. Production transferred to the National Theatre and then Wyndhams Theatre, London. First USA production New York 1976; starring Jonathan Pryce, Milo O’Shea; directed by Mike Nichols. Jonathan Pryce won an Emmy for his performance as Gethin Price.

Television: Through The Night—BBC Play for Today; starring Jack Shepherd, Alison Steadman; directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg; produced by Ann Scott.


Television: Bill Brand—11-part series, Thames TV; starring Jack Shepherd; directed by Roland Joffe, Stuart Burge, Michael Lindsay-Hogg; produced by Stella Richman.


Theatre: The Cherry Orchard—a new version of Chekhov’s play. First performed at Nottingham Playhouse, directed by Richard Eyre.


Theatre: Deeds—First performed at Nottingham Playhouse; with Howard Brenton, David Hare, Ken Campbell; directed by Richard Eyre.


TV production of stage play: Comedians—BBC; starring Jonathan Pryce, Bill Fraser; directed by Richard Eyre.


Television: Sons and Lovers—seven-part adaptation of the novel by DH Lawrence, BBC; starring Karl Johnson, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins; directed by Stuart Burge.

Television film: Country—BBC; starring Leo McKern, James Fox, Wendy Hiller, Jill Bennett, Penelope Wilton; directed by Richard Eyre; produced by Ann Scott.

TV production of stage play: The Cherry Orchard—BBC; starring Judi Dench, Bill Paterson; directed by Richard Eyre.

Cinema: Reds—Paramount; starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson; directed by Warren Beatty.

Television: Oi for England—Central TV; starring Neil Pearson; directed by Tony Smith; produced by Sue Birtwhistle.


Theatre version of TV play: Oi for England—First produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London.


Theatre: Real Dreams—First performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Massachusetts; starring Kevin Spacey, Dylan Baker; directed by Trevor Griffiths. London premiere, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986; starring Gary Oldman; directed by Ron Daniels.


Television: The Last Place on Earth—seven-part series, Central TV; starring Martin Shaw and Sverre Anker Ousdal; directed by Ferdinand Fairfax; produced by Rob Buckler.


Cinema: Fatherland—Kestrel Films; directed by Ken Loach.


TV production of stage play: The Party—BBC Scotland; starring Jack Shepherd; directed by Bill Bryden.


Theatre: Piano—First performed at the National Theatre; starring Steven Rae, Penelope Wilton, Oliver Cotton; directed by Howard Davies.


Theatre: The Gulf Between Us—First performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; starring Akram Telawe, Selwa Naqqara, Dave Hill; directed by Trevor Griffiths.


Theatre: Thatcher’s Children—First performed at the Bristol Old Vic; starring Kulvinder Ghir; directed by Andrew Hay.


Television: Hope in the Year Two—BBC; starring Jack Shepherd, Tom Bowles; directed by Elijah Moshinsky; produced by Ann Scott.


Theatre production of TV play (Hope in the Year Two)—Who Shall Be Happy...?—First performed at the Belfast Festival; starring Stanley Townsend and Kulvinder Ghir; directed by Trevor Griffiths.


Television film: Food for Ravens—BBC Wales; starring Brian Cox and Sinead Cusack; directed by Trevor Griffiths; produced by Dai Smith.


Theatre: Camel Station—First performed as a staged reading in New York, as part of an evening of short plays entitled Imagine Iraq. First performed in the theatre at the V & A Theatre Museum, London, in 2006; directed by Tamara Hinchco; produced by Alexander McConnell.

Unproduced screenplays:

These Are The Times: A Life of Thomas Paine —Richard Attenborough Productions.

Willie and Maud—Recorded Picture Company.

Work in Progress (2006):

Caucasia—adaptation of Chekhov’s story “The Duel” for Midland Actors Theatre.

Stage adaptation of These Are the Times for the Almeida Theatre, London.


BAFTA Writers Award, 1982. Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay for Reds, 1982.

Oscar nomination for Reds, 1982. Royal Television Society “Best Regional Programme” award for Food for Ravens, 1998. BAFTA Wales Gwyn Williams award for Food for Ravens, 1998.


Sons and Lovers, (Spokesman, 2007).

Theatre Plays I, (Spokesman, 2007).

Theatre Plays II, (Spokesman, 2007).

The Last Place on Earth is published by Verso under the title Judgment Over The Dead.

Comedians and some other stage and television plays are published by Faber and Faber.

Food for Ravens is published by Oberon Press.

Further Reading

Power Plays: Trevor Griffiths in Television by Mike Poole and John Wyver, published by the British Film Institute, 1984.

Television Drama: Agency, Audience and Myth by John Tulloch, published by Routledge, 1990.

Trevor Griffiths: Politics, Drama, History by Stanton B Garner Jr., published by the University of Michigan Press, 1999.

Trevor Griffiths by John Tulloch published by Manchester University Press, 2006.