playwright, screenwriter, and director, born in Manchester. Griffiths' socialist politics underlie all his writing, which is intellectually rigorous, clear, and gritty. Comedians (1975) is a blistering and thought‐provoking play set at an evening class for stand‐ups, and has been in constant production around the world since its premiere at Nottingham Playhouse. Other stage work includes Occupations (1970); The Party (1973); Real Dreams (1984); Piano (1990), a Chekhovian pastiche; The Gulf Between Us (1992); and Thatcher's Children (1993). He turned to television to communicate with a popular audience, and as a BAFTA‐winning screenwriter his numerous works include Bill Brand (1976), Oi for England (1982), The Last Place on Earth (1985), and Hope in the Year Two (1994). Among his films are Reds (1981) and Fatherland (1986). His screenplays have often been adapted for theatre, and his stage plays adapted for television.
Subjects: Literature — Theatre.