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Ella Hickson (born 1985) is a British playwright and theatrical director, living in London. She is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed throughout the UK and abroad.

Her recent play Anna, a sonic collaboration with Ben and Max Ringham, opened at the National Theatre in Spring, 2019. Other theatre includes Swive (2019) at The Globe, The Writer (2018) and Oil (2016) at The Almeida Theatre, and Wendy and Peter Pan (2015) at The Royal Shakespeare Company. She is a member of the Royal Society of Literature, a MacDowell Fellow, and recipient of The Catherine Johnson Award. She is developing new work with The Old Vic, Tim Minchin and The National Theatre, and television projects with Kudos Productions and Warp Films.



‘I want the world to change shape.’
‘I'm not sure theatre can do that.’
‘Well then where am I meant to take that impulse because I'm very serious about the endeavour?’

A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

Ella Hickson's play The Writer premiered in April 2018 at the Almeida Theatre, London, in a production directed by Blanche McIntyre.

The Writer was a finalist for the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Ella Hickson - The Writer