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Ivan Shakespeare

Born 19 July 1952
Died 3 February 2000

University of Lancaster : BA (Hons) Sociology
(minor subject Politics)

Arvon Foundation:  Playwriting Course
Soho Theatre Co.: Playwriting Workshops

Awards: Peggy Ramsay Trust Grant



A Square of One's Own - (Radio 4) four part sitcom based on the Bloomsbury Group) broadcast May-June 1996

King Street Junior (Radio 4) - one episode co-written with Dave Single, broadcast April 1995

Weekending (Radio 4) - commissioned writer 1992-97

The News Huddlines (Radio 2) - commissioned for three series

Broth (BBC Radio Wales) - contributor

The Treatment (Radio 5 Live) - commissioned writer

The Beaton Generation (Radio 4) - commissioned writer


Rory Bremner - who else? (Channel Four) - numerous writing credits

Bremner, Bird and Fortune (Channel Four) - numerous writing credits

1998 BAFTA Film Awards - co-writer (with Rory Bremner, John Langdon and Ian Johnson) of Rory Bremner's speech

No Limits (Sky TV) - numerous sketches. 1994

L!VE TV - Material used by stand-up Mark Brailsford


Newsrevue - contributed sketches since 1991, and served as Script Editor for two years.

Westending - Jermyn Street Theatre, Piccadilly Circus - sketches

After Eight Stint - Offstage Downstairs, Chalk Farm - sketches

Various other revue shows in London and the Edinburgh fringe.


She's All Mine - Romantic comedy screenplay

Picture of Darren Gray - comedy screenplay being considered by Vera Productions

The New Canterbury Tales, linked to The Poet's Tale - documentary on Chaucer - series idea with Gareth Edwards, BBC

Alice in WonderBand - radio play, being submitted by Ned Chaillet, BBC Radio Drama, to next commissioning round

Chores - TV sitcom about a scatty music teacher and her expat accountant sister who comes to stay...and stays.


Hettie - full length play being rewritten with support from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. 1998.


Articles in The Independent, Time Out, Topical Books etc.

All rights to the works reserved by The Ivan Shakespeare Estate . For inquiries about Ivan's  work, please contact his widow Elspeth MacLean through the Writers Guild.

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Ivan Shakespeare