Christopher Hampton - Author

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Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon and The Talking Cure. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Life x 3). His television work includes adaptations of The History Man and Hotel du Lac. His screenplays include The Honorary Consul, The Good Father, Dangerous Liaisons, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse, The Quiet American, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed.

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Tartuffe

Tartuffe

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2018

French billionaire Orgon, relocated to Los Angeles with his family, has fallen under the spell of Tartuffe, a radical American evangelist. So comprehensively is he hoodwinked that Tartuffe looks set to steal his fortune, drive away his son, seduce his wife and marry his daughter. Moliere's classic comedy, adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by the former dramaturg of the French People's National Theatre, Gerald Garutti, premiered in May 2018, the West End's first dual language theatre production. This is a bilingual edition of the text.

Hampton on Hampton

Hampton on Hampton

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2017

'A lot of my plays begin as comedies and mutate in the course of the evening, because my instinct is that you have to welcome the audience in and make sure they're sitting comfortably before you can give them an adequate punch on the jaw.'Since the acclaimed London premiere of his first play in 1966, Christopher Hampton has established himself as one of Britain's most prominent, and least predictable, dramatists.From his best-known play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and its Oscar-winning film version, Dangerous Liaisons, to personal and critical favourites like Total Eclipse and Tales from Hollywood; from his films as writer-director (Carrington, Imagining Argentina) to his work as screenwriter-for-hire (Mary Reilly, The Quiet American); from translations (Art) to musicals (Sunset Boulevard), Hampton eloquently - and entertainingly - explores his varied career with interviewer Alistair Owen, and discusses its recurring theme: the clash of liberal and radical thought, exemplified by his most recent play, The Talking Cure, about the fathers of psychoanalysis, Jung and Freud.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/12/2015

The scandalous reputation of Laclos's novel, first published in 1782, is based on its chilling portrayal of the mannered decadence and sexual cynicism of the French aristocracy in the last years of the ancien regime. Christopher Hampton has made a masterful adaptation for the stage of the conspiracy to corrupt a young girl barely out of her convent. Les liaisons dangereuses was premiered by Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 24 September 1985, and won Christopher Hampton the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1986.

Stephen Ward A Musical

Stephen Ward A Musical

Author: Christopher Hampton, Don Black Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/12/2013

Stephen Ward charts the rise and fall from grace of the man at the centre of the Profumo Scandal. Friend to film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats, his rise and ultimate disgrace coincided with the increasingly permissive lifestyle of London's elite in the early 1960s. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, with book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, centres on Ward's involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler, which led to one of the biggest political scandals and most famous trials of the twentieth century. Stephen Ward premiered at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in December 2013.

Appomattox

Appomattox

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/05/2013

4th March, 1865: On the night of his second inauguration, a few weeks before his assassination, Abraham Lincoln meets the veteran black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the White House to discuss the prospect of extending the vote to black men who have served in the soon to be victorious Union armies. 4th March, 1965: In the White House, Lyndon Johnson, anxious to introduce a new Voting Rights Act, is briefed by his sinister and unfirable FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, on the imminent Selma to Montgomery march, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. It is a demonstration prompted by a state trooper's murder of the young activist Jimmie Lee Jackson, in Marion, Alabama, following a rally in support of voter registration in Perry County. In his ambitious new play, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis as the centrepiece of a retrospective of his plays and films, Christopher Hampton traces a line which runs from the last days of a brutal Civil War to the high-water mark of the Civil Rights movement and on, all the way to the present day; and considers the agonisingly slow healing of a wound, universal, but especially deep and painful in America: racism. Appomattox premiered at the McGuire Proscenium Stage in the Guthrie Theater on 5 October, 2012.

Christopher Hampton Plays 2 Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, the Talking Cure

Christopher Hampton Plays 2 Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, the Talking Cure

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2012

This book features Tales from Hollywood (Winner of the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best New Comedy, 1983), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (the hugely influential adaptation which led to the worldwide cinema smash hit), White Chameleon , and The Talking Cure .

Atonement

Atonement

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2007

ATONEMENT THE SHOOTING SCRIPT (R) Screenplay by Christopher Hampton Based on the novel by Ian McEwan Introduction by Christopher Hampton A Newmarket Shooting Script (R) Series Book 30 Colour photos in a colour insert The official screenplay book tie-in to the adaptation by screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Academy Award (R) winner for Dangerous Liaisons) of Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel, starring James McAvoy (BAFTA Award nominee for The Last King of Scotland) opposite Academy Award-nominated Keira Knightley, directed by Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice), coming from Focus Features in December. Filmed on location in the U.K., the story of Atonement spans several decades. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony's vivid imagination. Robbie Turner (James McAvoy), the educated son of the family's housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony's headstrong older sister Cecilia (Keira Knightley). Cecilia, he hopes, has comparable feelings; all it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony-who has a crush on Robbie- is compelled to interfere, going so far as accusing Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but he is arrested-and with Briony bearing false witness, the course of three lives is changed forever. Briony continues to seek forgiveness for her childhood misdeed. Through a terrible and courageous act of imagination, she finds the path to her uncertain atonement, and to an understanding of the power of enduring love. Praise for the film Atonement: Impressively directed, beautifully photographed and superbly adapted drama with terrific performances from its cast. -The View (London)

Treats

Treats

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2007

While her bullying and unfaithful boyfriend, Dave, is reporting in Iraq, Ann seizes the opportunity to change the locks and take up with her infinitely more considerate colleague Patrick. But Patrick proves no match against savagery and charisma when Dave comes crashing home, determined to win back his girl. First staged at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1976, this updated version demonstrates that, in love, our instinct for making the wrong decisions remains as sharp as ever. Treats was revived at the Garrick Theatre, London, in February 2007, following a tour to Windsor, Malvern, Bath and Richmond.

Border Crossings Poems

Border Crossings Poems

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2005

The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist

Author: Christopher Hampton, Moliere Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2005

The Prime Minister and his cabinet have been assassinated and England's most treasured writers are being murdered one by one. Back at the university, a bachelor don anguishes over sex, marriage, anagrams and the meaning of life. Written as a response to Moliere's The Misanthrope and first performed at the Royal Court in 1970, this biting 'bourgeois comedy' examines the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals. The Philanthropist was revived at the Donmar Warehouse in September 2005. 'Intellectually stimulating, touchingly sympathetic and gloriously, gloriously funny.' Sunday Times

Hampton on Hampton Conversations with Christopher Hampton

Hampton on Hampton Conversations with Christopher Hampton

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2005

'A lot of my plays begin as comedies and mutate in the course of the evening, because my instinct is that you have to welcome the audience in and make sure they're sitting comfortably before you can give them an adequate punch on the jaw.' Since the acclaimed London premiere of his first play in 1966, Christopher Hampton has established himself as one of Britain's most prominent, and least predictable, dramatists. From his best-known play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and its Oscar-winning film version, Dangerous Liaisons, to personal and critical favourites like Total Eclipse and Tales from Hollywood; from his films as writer-director (Carrington, Imagining Argentina) to his work as screenwriter-for-hire (Mary Reilly, The Quiet American); from translations (Art) to musicals (Sunset Boulevard), Hampton eloquently - and entertainingly - explores his varied career with interviewer Alistair Owen, and discusses its recurring theme: the clash of liberal and radical thought, exemplified by his most recent play, The Talking Cure, about the fathers of psychoanalysis, Jung and Freud.

The Talking Cure

The Talking Cure

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/12/2002

Christopher Hampton's The Talking Cure deals with the early years of C.G. Jung, and his decision to experiment, using Freud's controversial new method of psychoanalysis, with a young Russian patient, Sabine Spielrein. The success of the experiment and the blossoming of his relationship with Sabine inaugurates, haunts and ultimately poisons Jung's friendship with Freud; and the ideas and conflicts which engulf the three of them embody, as Jung comes to realize, the destructive forces which are to overwhelm the disastrous century ahead. The Talking Cure premiered at the National Theatre, London, in December 2002.

Christopher Hampton Plays 1 Total Eclipse; The Philanthropist; Savages; Treats

Christopher Hampton Plays 1 Total Eclipse; The Philanthropist; Savages; Treats

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/1997

This first collection of Hampton's work includes The Philanthropist, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1970 and went on to become one of the Court's longest-running West End transfers. The volume also contains Treats, Savages and Hampton's deeply affecting drama about the relationship of the French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine, Total Eclipse.

Tales from Hollywood

Tales from Hollywood

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1985

What if Odon von Horvath, the Austrian playwright who died before he got to Hollywood, actually made it to Tinseltown to meet up with the likes of Thomas Mann, Brecht, Garbo, the Marx Bros. and Jonny Weissmuller?

Tales from Hollywood

Tales from Hollywood

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1983

With the Austro-Hungarian dramatist OEdoen von Horvath as our guide, Christopher Hampton's witty and erudite play takes us on a tour of the sun-soaked boulevards of 1940s Los Angeles. Taking in such improbable residents as Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Bertolt Brecht and the Marx Brothers amongst others, it brilliantly serves to open up a neglected chapter of American cultural history, as the wry and embittered European emigres find themselves amidst the materialistic razzle-dazzle of Hollywood. Tales from Hollywood premiered at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, Los Angeles, 1982 and at the National Theatre, London, in 1983.

Treats

Treats

Author: Christopher Hampton Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1976

In the enclosed, insulated world of a London flat the only intrusion into which is a brief outburst of demonstrators' voices against the Home Secretary who lives nearby are worked out the permutations and combinations of Ann and her two lovers. Dave, her previous companion, a journalist, has been away and on returning finds that he has been replaced by Patrick, a conventional man of the office, amiable but dull. Though Ann rules the roost, she herself is weak enough to be unable to do without one of them; and in the end Dave is reinstalled and Patrick dismissed. But how long this will last is anybody's guess. In three of the nine scenes the stage is occupied by each of the three characters alone; so that a glimpse is afforded of their behavior during their unobserved and private moments, to be set against the pattern of their interchanging relationships.

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