"Chris Thompson can write moments so raw and tender they make the audience gasp. "
The Sunday Times
Chris Thompson is an award winning playwright and screenwriter.
His plays include 'Of Kith and Kin' (Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres, directed by Robert Hastie), ‘Albion' (Bush Theatre, directed by Ria Parry), ‘Carthage' (Finborough Theatre), and Dungeness (National Theatre Connections)
Upcoming feature films: ‘Burn’ for Popcorn Films, ‘Polly’ starring Alan Cumming, dir. Douglas Keeve. In development: An Infamous Crime.
Upcoming Television: He currently has several original TV commissions in development with studios in the UK and USA. Most recently, he has recently sold his semi-autobiographical comedy-drama 'Two Foreskins Walk into a Bar' about a loser gay playwright who survives cancer, gets divorced and moves to New York to start his life over. Based on the hit podcast of the same name, Chris is also adapting the work for stage.
Chris's LGBT play for young people, Dungeness, has had over 100 productions in the UK. His award winning play, Burn, will be premiering soon, produced by Trish Wadley productions.
'Carthage' won the Pearson Playwriting Award and was nominated for Best New Play and Most Promising New Playwright in the OFFIE awards. The play extended its run and garnered critical acclaim. The play had its South Korean premiere in 2021.
Albion won plaudits for its bold, hard hitting depiction of the far right on karaoke night.
Of Kith and Kin was celebrated for its gripping portrayal of gay surrogacy, leading it to be described as “a triumph” and “possibly the best British gay themed play since My Night with Reg.”
Chris has been commissioned by the National Theatre (UK), The Royal Court Theatre, the Bush Theatre, and the National Theatre of Peru. He was the Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre in 2014.He has led several of the writers groups at The Royal Court Theatre as well as the Bush Theatre's Emerging Writers Group. In his previous career Chris was a social worker and over the course of twelve years worked in child protection, youth offending and young people's sexual health.
Chris is represented by Ikenna Obiekwe at Independent Talent.