“Bartlett raises big issues, and explores with painful honesty the mixed motives and practical dilemmas of the whistleblower... defiantly and uniquely theatrical'.” - Guardian
“Bold and fittingly mind-blowing… confirms [Mike Bartlett] as a playwright impressively willing to wrestle with the big questions of our time.” - Telegraph
“It’s the Mike Bartlett Wild Ride ride… fascinating.” - The Times
“Breathtaking.” - Financial Times
A darkly comic play that explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level.
Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he's in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination.
Last week, a nobody. This week, America's Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button.
Mike Bartlett's Wild premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in June 2016, in a production directed by James Macdonald.
Mike Barlett is an award-winning playwright whose plays include Wild (Hampstead Theatre); Game (Almeida Theatre); King Charles III (Almeida/West End/Broadway); An Intervention (Paines Plough/Watford Palace Theatre); Bull (Sheffield Theatres/Off-Broadway); Medea (Glasgow Citizens/Headlong); Chariots of Fire (based on the film; Hampstead/West End); 13 (National Theatre); Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Plymouth Drum/Royal Court); Earthquakes in London (Headlong/National Theatre); Cock (Royal Court/Off-Broadway); Artefacts (Nabokov/Bush); Contractions and My Child (Royal Court).
He was Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre in 2011, and the Pearson Playwright-in-Residence at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007. Cock won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2010. Love, Love, Love won the TMA Best New Play Award in 2011. Bull won the same award in 2013. King Charles III won the Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play in 2015.
He has written several plays for BBC Radio, winning the Writers’ Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking. His three-part television series, The Town, was broadcast on ITV1 in 2012 and nominated for a BAFTA for Breakthrough Talent, and his five-part series Doctor Foster premiered on BBC1 in 2015 and won Best New Drama at the National Television Awards.