Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter is a West End and Broadway playwright whose plays have been translated into 27 languages and performed in over 40 countries. His shows have been performed in cities across six continents, including London, Cape Town, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Chicago, Madrid, Sydney and New York.

Quilter was born in Colchester, England and is an honors graduate of Leeds University. He began his writing career from his home in Greenwich, London where he lived for 14 years before immigrating to the Canary Islands where he is now an official resident.

He started his career as a television presenter on BBC TV. His first play was an all-female comedy “Respecting Your Piers” (recently re-published by Samuel French under a new title, "Curtain Up") and he followed this with a musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde´s “The Canterville Ghost” which played a number one tour of the UK starring Ron Moody. The following year, he made his West End debut with a comedy about the pop industry, “BoyBand” the Musical

In 2005, Quilter had his first big international hit with “End of the Rainbow”, a musical drama about the final months in the life of Judy Garland. It premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia (winning Caroline O'Connor two Best Actress awards) and also had an award-winning run at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival.  The show has since enjoyed runs in the Czech Republic, Finland, Poland and New Zealand.  A new UK production opened in February 2010 at the Royal Theatre in Northampton, The show transferred to London's West End on November 16, playing at the Trafalgar Studios.  The show opened to great critical acclaim and was featured on the front cover of The Times newspaper.  It ended its six-month run in May 2011.  The show received nominations for 4 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Play.  A new Spanish production opened at the Teatro Marqina in Madrid in January 2011, and a German production opened at the Hamburger Kammerspiele in June 2011.  In November 2011 a new Brazilian production of the show opened in Rio de Janeiro. In January 2012, the show had its USA debut in Minneapolis, prior to a run on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre, on March 19th. The production opened to excellent reviews, ran for 176 performances and received three Tony Award nominations. It is at present in production worldwide. It opens in Rome in November 2013, followed by productions in Vienna, Antwerp, Stockholm, Chicago, Buenos Aires.

The author's other major hit “Glorious! also received its debut production in 2005, opening at Birmingham Rep Theatre and transferring in November 2005 to the Duchess Theatre in the West End.  “Glorious!” told the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world. It ran in London for six months and over 200 performances. The play was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy. “Glorious!” made its North American debut at Theatre Calgary and had its first foreign language production at the Helsinki City Theatre. It has since played in over 20 countries and recently celebrated its 2000th worldwide performance and a million ticket sales. In 2008 Quilter created a three-actor version which premiered at the Fulton Opera House, Philadelphia and also played to great success in Rio de Janeiro and Madrid.  The play is currently running for its 5th year in Prague and Warsaw and has been in continual production in Canada and Germany since 2006.  One of the most popular productions has been in Poland. The production has visited Chicago and New York, has toured to all major polish cities, and been broadcast live on national television. Other productions opened in Bratislava, Caracas, Mexico City and Vienna. 

 

Other works:

 

“Duets” an award-winning romantic comedy for a cast of two actors.

“Celebrity” filmed for Polish TV as Rodzinny Show and premiered onstage at the Vasterbotten Theatre in Sweden.

“Just the Ticket” a one-woman comedy, which had its world premiere at Australia's Ensemble Theatre in February 2011.

“Curtain Up!” an all-female comedy popular with amateur groups in the UK. Also played at the Divadlo Palace in Prague.

“Boyband” a pop musical that has played runs in London (West End - Gielgud Theatre), Cape Town, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Copenhagen and Bratislava.

“The Canterville Ghost” a family musical based on Oscar Wilde's story (with music by Charles Miller). 

“The Nightingales” a comedy with music based around a theatrical family in the 1950s. The World Premiere was at the Contra Kreiss Theater in Bonn Germany in 2012.

“The Morning After" a modern comedy about love, sex and relationships. It premiered in Bratislava in June 2012 and will be performed in Warsaw and Prague.

"Let It Snow" a christmas comedy with music, made available for the first time in December 2012

"Stardust" a large scale musical set in the Las Vegas of the 19050's, completed September 2012

"The Actress" a new play completed in March 2013 and is now available to theatres