Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker grew up in the Basque Country in Southwest France and lives in London. Her plays include The Grace of Mary Traverse and Credible Witness (for the Royal Court), The Ant and the Cicada, The Love of the Nightingale (Royal Shakespeare Company), Galileo’s Daughter and many more.
Wertenbaker’s translations and adaptations include Sophocles’ Theban Plays (Royal Shakespeare Company), Euripides’ Hecuba and Hippolytus, Sophocles’ Elektra and Racine’s Phèdre (Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Ontario).
Her TV and film productions include The Children and Do Not Disturb as well as the opera The Love of the Nightingale.
Her radio work includes Dianeira, The Memory of Gold, an adaptation of A. S. Byatt’s Possession and, most recently, a ten hour dramatization of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
Wertenbaker has won several awards including an Olivier and the Drama Critics award for Our Country’s Good, which was revived at the National Theatre in August 2015. She won the Susan Smith Blackburn, the Writers’ Guild and the Critics’ Circle awards for Three Birds Alighting on a Field.
She is the Artistic Director of Natural Perspective, an artistic advisor for The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Chair in Playwriting at the University of East Anglia.
Her play We Sell Right opened in Salisbury on October 23 as part of The Magna Carta Plays.