Ben Power

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Rose Cobbe
Associate Agent: Florence Hyde

Film, TV & Theatre

Ben Power is a Tony Award winning and BAFTA and Olivier Award nominated writer for theatre and film. He is an Associate of the National Theatre.

His adaptation of The Lehman Trilogy transferred from the National Theatre to the West End and opened on Broadway in 2021. It was nominated for Olivier, Evening Standard and Drama League awards for Best Play, and in 2022 won the Tony Award for Best New Play. 

From 2014-2019, he was Deputy Artistic Director of the National Theatre and, prior to that, an Associate of the theatre for four years. He commissioned and produced over seventy world premieres and in 2013 was responsible for the temporary theatre space, The Shed. His adaptations for the National include DH Lawrence’s Husbands & Sons, Euripides’ Medea, and Ibsen’s Emperor & Galilean.

Prior to joining the National, Ben was the first Associate Director of Headlong. Adaptations for the company include Six Characters in Search of an Author, Faustus (both with Rupert Goold) and Paradise Lost.

Other work for the theatre includes the dramaturgy on Complicite’s A Disappearing Number, which won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play.

Screenplays include five films in the BBC Shakespeare series The Hollow Crown, which won RTS and Broadcasting Press Guild awards and were nominated for BAFTAs for Best Single Drama and Best Mini-Series.

He is currently writing feature screenplays for Netflix and MGM and a play for the National Theatre.

Recently he has written a feature for Netflix, MUNICH: THE EDGE OF WAR, and has an original series in development with Working Title, Raw and Netflix. 

In Development

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UNTITLED SERIES

2021

Working Title, Raw, Netflix

Film

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MUNICH: THE EDGE OF WAR

2021

Netflix

Screenplay

Theatre

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THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

2021

Nederlander Theatre, New York

By Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power.
Dir: Sam Mendes
Produced by the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions
Tony Award 2022 for Best New Play

2019

Piccadilly Theatre, West End

By Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power. Dir: Sam Mendes

Co-Production with National Theatre and Neal Street Productions

2018

National Theatre (Lyttelton) / Neal Street Productions

By Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power.
Dir: Sam Mendes

2015

National Theatre

by DH Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power. Dir: Marianne Elliott.

2014

National Theatre

Dr: Carrie Cracknell

EMPEROR AND GALILEAN

2011

National Theatre (Olivier)

Dir. Jonathan Kent

A TENDER THING

2009

Royal Shakespeare Company

Dir. Helena Kaut-Howson

CINDERELLA

2008

Lyric Theatre

Dir. Melly Still

SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR

2008

Headlong Theatre/Chichester/Gielgud Theatre/International Tour

Dir. Rupert Goold

FAUSTUS

2006

Hampstead Theatre/UK Tour

Dir. Rupert Goold

PARADISE LOST

2006

Oxford Stage Company at Hackney Empire/UK Tour

Dir. Rupert Goold

Television

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THE HOLLOW CROWN: Richard III

2016

Neal Street Productions

Screenplay

THE HOLLOW CROWN: Henry VI Part 2

2016

Neal Street Productions

Screenplay. Co-adaptor with Dominic Cooke

THE HOLLOW CROWN: Henry VI Part 1

2016

Neal Street Productions

Screenplay. Co-adaptor with Dominic Cooke

HENRY V

2012

Neal Street/BBC

Screenplay. Dir. Thea Sharrock.

RICHARD II

2012

Neal Street/BBC

Co-Adaptor of Screenplay. Dir. Rupert Goold.

Radio

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A DISAPPEARING NUMBER

2008

BBC Radio 3

Radio adaptation. Dir. Simon McBurney.