Rachel Wagstaff

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Rachel Wagstaff

Film, TV & Theatre

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Film, TV & Theatre

Rachel Wagstaff wrote the book for multi-award winning musical, Flowers for Mrs Harris (Best Musical, UK Theatre Awards 2016) which transferred to Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Daniel Evans, in September 2018 after a run at the Sheffield Crucible. Her critically acclaimed adaptation of Birdsong opened in the West End, directed by Trevor Nunn, and recently completed its fourth UK tour with the Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions.

Rachel’s new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Crack’d is currently touring the UK, produced by the Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative.

With Duncan Abel, Rachel co-adapted Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, which is touring the UK from January to November this year.

For radio, Rachel adapted Sebastian Faulks’ novel The Girl at the Lion d’Or for a five part series for Woman's Hour on Radio Four, transmitted in 2009. Her Afternoon Play When I Lost You, also co-written with Duncan Abel, was transmitted on Radio Four in July 2013.

Moonshadow, the musical she co-wrote with Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), opened at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010, and then was produced at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne in June 2012. That Girl, was produced at the Soho Theatre in June 2012, by DryWrite. Rachel also wrote the book for the original musical Only the Brave, which opened at the Wales Millennium Centre in March 2016 with music composed by Matthew Brind.
 

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ADAPTATION COMMISSION

Trademark Films

Television Adaptation

FEATURE

Bob & Co

co-writer with Sebastian Faulks

FEATURE

Eleventh Hour Films

co-writer with Sebastian Faulks

UNTITLED COMMISSION

Chichester Festival Theatre

Co-written with Duncan Abel

UNTITLED COMMISSION

Aria Entertainment

Co-written with Duncan Abel

UNTITLED COMMISSION

Original Theatre Company

Co-written with Duncan Abel

Theatre

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2019

UK Tour/Duke of York's Theatre

Co-Adapted with Duncan Abel from the novel by Paula Hawkins
Dir. Anthony Banks

2019

UK Tour

Adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie
Dir. Melly Still

2018

Chichester Festival Theatre

Music and Lyrics by Richard Taylor
Dir. Daniel Evans

2013 - 2018

Original Theatre Company

UK tour of revised version
Dir. Alastair Whatley

FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS

2016

Sheffield Theatres

Music and Lyrics by Richard Taylor
Dir. Daniel Evans

★★★★★
'five-star fairytale… one of the most heart-warming and tear-forming British musicals of recent years'
The Guardian

★★★★
The Times, Daily Mail, Observer, The Stage, WhatsOnStage, Mail on Sunday

ONLY THE BRAVE

2016

Wales Millenium Centre

Music by Matthew Brind
Dir. Steve Marmion

THE LAST TIME I SAW HER

Y Touring

THE MARTYR

2013

Soho Theatre/Mountview

Original musical
Music by Matt Brind
Dir. Steve Marmion

THAT GIRL

2012

Soho Theatre/Oxford School of Drama

Dir. Vicky Jones

MOONSHADOW

2012

Princess Theatre, Melbourne

Co-written with Yusuf Islam.
Dir. Anders Albien.

BIRDSONG

2010

Comedy Theatre/CMP Productions

A stage version of Sebastian Faulks' novel
Dir. Trevor Nunn

MOONSHADOW

2009

Catalogue Musicals/Cole Kitchenn

Co-written with Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens)
Dir. Anders Albien & Nichola Treherne

ONLY THE BRAVE

2008

George Square Theatre, Edinburgh

Dir. Steve Marmion

THE QUESTION

2007

Sala Beckett Institute

International Playwriting Conference (Royal Court Representative)

FULL TIME

2007

Y Touring

Dir. Nigel Townsend

THE APATHISTS

2006

Theatre 503

12 short plays
Dir. Adam Barnard, Hanna Berrigan, Elizabeth Freestone

SHADOWS

2005

Old Vic 24 Hour Plays

Dir. Adam Barnard

VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE

2005

The Hobbs Factory/Arcola Shortcuts Festival

Adaptation of Paul Coelho novel
Dir. Emma Serlin

THE SOLDIER

2005

Edinburgh Fringe/RADA

Dir. Gari Jones

NIGHT SKY

2005

Old Vic

Commissioned play for Index on Censorship.
Dir. Gari Jones, starring Christopher Eccleston, Saffron Burrows, David Warner and David Baddiel

Radio

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2013

BBC Radio 4

Original play (co-written with Duncan Abel), dir. Lucy Collingfod
TX 19th July 2013

THE GIRL AT THE LION D'OR

2009

BBC Radio 4

Adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' novel
TX 11-15 May 2009