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Jonathan has had a prolific award-winning career as a theatre maker and has now turned mainly to writing. He adapted Dickens’ The Signalman for BBC radio b’cast on Christmas Day 2022 (“Pick of the Day” – The Times. “one of the best audios of this year. 10/10” – Sci-Fi Bulletin. “Jonathan Holloway’s dramatisation ticks all the right boxes” – Radio Times Review) and wrote a modern adaptation of Gaslight – the play that defined domestic coercive control (available as a podcast on BBC SOUNDS) – for Johnny Vegas’ Woolyback Productions with original music by Imelda May for b’cast February 2023. His spectral dramas No Conferring and The Affair at Grover Station are available online. He directed a stage version of The Signalman for Creation Theatre which played to full houses thoughtout March 2023 in Oxford and enjoyed an extended run. Jonathan is working for Brighton based Sweet Talk Productions writing a new play for Christmas 2023. In March/April 2023 Chung Ying Theatre Co produced his modern version of A Tale of Two Cities in Cantonese at Hong Kong’s Kowloon Cultural Centre. He and actor-musician Liam Grundy appear on the podcast ‘Walking Out’ on Podbean, Spotify and Amazon Music. All ten 60′ eps of Jonathan’s BBC adaptation of CP Snow’s ‘Strangers and Brothers’ and his Orwell season (inc 1984) are now available on Audible.
Jonathan has 40 years of professional writing and direction behind him. He managed an Edinburgh Fringe venue and performed in, directed, lit and wrote shows for 24 Edinburgh Festivals where he won three consecutive Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First Awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA); won for the BBC a First Prize at the Prix Italia; is an Honorary Fellow of St Mary’s University College; won a Charrington London Fringe Award, The Stage’s Edinburgh Fringe Award, the Shakespeare Prize at The World Festival of Theatre in Chile and a UK DCMS Business in the Arts Award. He was Associate Artist at Kingston University and Associate Artist at Central School of Speech and Drama’s Centre for Excellence in Theatre Training. He served for three years on the Board of the Edinburgh Fringe and also for three years on the Participant’s Council. He was a member of the Advisory panel of the National Campaign for the Arts. “99.9% pure theatrical magic” – Time Out Magazine “Jonathan Holloway: pure art extract” – Sunday Times. The Press on Jess Edwards‘ production of Jonathan’s reivention of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ produced by Francesca Moody at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival : ★★★★ – The Times: ★★★★★ – British Theatre Guide: ★★★★ – Three Weeks: ★★★★ – Broadway Baby: ★★★★★ – Views from the Gods: ★★★★ – Everything Theatre.
Jonathan is represented by Rachel Daniels at Berlin Associates, London, England.
A Tale of Two Cities : Blood For Blood
Jonathan has written 73 playscripts for BBC Radio Drama and SOUNDS, 33 professionally produced stage plays and directed 86 stage shows for the UK, HK, USA, Chile, Eire and Egypt. A list can be found under ‘CV’ in the dropdown menu above. Jonathan’s earlier work from 1977 onwards can be referenced from his CV.
2023: The Signalman (Theatre)
Jonathan is directing a live stage version for Oxford’s Creation Theatre Company.
A new updated version of the play by Patrick Hamilton which brought the word ‘gaslighting’ into the vernacular. Written for Johnny Vegas’ Woolyback Productions for b’cast on BBC R4 and SOUNDS.
2022: The Signalman
Writer. An audio experience adapted from the short story by Charles Dickens. B’cast on BBC R4 on Christmas Day 2022. Starred James Purefoy and Samuel West. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001ghw9
2021: During the Pandemic
In May Jonathan contributed to the Pleasance/Vault Festival’s Fringe Futures event with his workshop on ‘building an ad-hoc company into a viable business’.
2020: THE TIME MACHINE on the Eve of the Pandemic
Jonathan was commissioned by Creation Theatre Company to create a contemporary re-imagining of H G Well’s THE TIME MACHINE written to be a site specific performance at the London Library and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
2019: Don Quixote
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway. Site specific production for Creation Theatre, Oxford.
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Site specific production for Creation Theatre, Oxford
2016: A Tale of Two Cities
Adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway Chung Ying Theatre Company, Hong Kong and Edinburgh Festival.
2018: Brave New World
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Site specific production for Creation Theatre, Oxford.
2015: Jekyll and Hyde
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Chung Ying Theatre Company, Hong Kong and London
2014: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Adapted by Jonathan Holloway BBC Radio 4, Radio 4Extra, Sounds.
Selected Work: Freelance
Writing for the BBC included THE LURE & SIN two original semi-biographical dramas for the Arthur Miller centenary
2009-10: The Fall of Man
Script Jonathan Holloway and John Milton Direction Graeme Rose & Jonathan Holloway Music and Sound Design Sarah Llewellyn
Artistic Advisor: Jonathan Holloway Giffords Circus.
2007-08: Much Ado About Nothing
Much Ado About Nothing is one of the best loved ‘comedies’ of the classic repertoire.
By Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac Adapted & directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Jon Nicholls
2005-06: Get Carter
By Ted Lewis Adapted & Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music arranged by Jon Nicholls
2004-05: The Third Man
dapted & Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music composed by Ross Brown
2004: Bartleby: A Story of Wall Street
Adapted by R.L. Lane from the novella by Herman Melville Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music composed by Ross Brown
2003: The Legend of King Arthur
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Choreographed by Paul Sadot of Urban Expansions & Capoeira Norte Designed by Neil Irish Music by Jon Nicholls
2003: No Conferring
BBC Radio Drama, Radio 4Extra, Sounds.
2002: The Love Child
Adapted by Lavinia Murray Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Jon Nicholls
2001-02: Nicholas Nickleby
By Charles Dickens Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Jon Nicholl
2001: The Man Who Was Thursday
Adapted by Jonathan Holloway Guest Directed by Ben Harrison Designed by Neil Irish Music by Philip Pinsky
2000: Nosferatu The Visitor
Based loosely on Bram Stoker’s Dracula Written & Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Jamie Vartan Music by Jon Nicholls
1999-2000: Hamlet: first cut
Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Jon Nicholls
1998: Poor Mrs Pepys
irected by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Paul Clark
1998: The Aspern Papers
By Henry James Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Paul Clark
1997: Les Miserables
By Victor Hugo Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Paul Clark
1997: The Affair at Grover Station
Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway.