David Hare biography

David Hare

Playwright, Author

1947 –


Who is David Hare?

Sir David Hare is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Most notable for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Hours in 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Reader in 2008, based on the novel of the same name written by Bernhard Schlink.

On West End, he had his greatest success with the plays Plenty, which he adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep in 1985, Racing Demon, Skylight, and Amy's View. The four plays ran on Broadway in 1982-83, 1996, 1998 and 1999 respectively, earning Hare three Tony Award nominations for Best Play for the first three and two Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. Other notable projects on stage include A Map of the World, Pravda, Murmuring Judges, The Absence of War and The Vertical Hour. He wrote screenplays for the film Wetherby and the BBC drama Page Eight.

Famous Quotes:

  • Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.
  • Smiles are the language of love.
  • Children always turn to the light.
  • The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
  • The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
  • Some people carry their heart in their head and some carry their head in their heart. The trick is to keep them apart yet working together.
  • Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
  • No one but a fool is always right.
  • Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity.
  • Nothing is further than earth from heaven, and nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.


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Jun 5, 1947
St Leonards-on-Sea
Also known as
  • Sir David Hare
  • Atheism
  • United Kingdom
  • Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Lancing College

on July 23, 2013

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