playwright born in Birmingham, educated at Bristol University. The first of his plays about modern homosexual love, loss, and betrayal was Coming Clean (1982). My Night with Reg (1994, Royal Court) was a comedy of homosexual affection composed in three short movements, each section divided by a period of time and a death. In The Day I Stood Still (1998, National Theatre), Elyot experimented further with time shifts in charting the unrequited passion of a music‐loving loner in north London. Other work includes versions of Ostrovsky's Artists and Admirers (1992) for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone (1996) for BBC Television, and the plays Mouth to Mouth (2001) and Forty Winks (2004).