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Following an award-winning and prolific career as a theatre maker, Jonathan now mostly writes.  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 – for Johnny Vegas’ Woolyback productions for b’cast February 2023. BBC SOUNDS is rerunning his spectral dramas No Conferring and The Affair at Grover Station. He is slated to direct a stage version of The Signalman in 2023. Jonathan and actor-musician Liam Grundy currently 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 Holloway has written and directed in theatre and broadcasting for over 40 years.  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 Edward’s 2013 Edinburgh Festival production of Jonathan’s reivention of ‘Jekyll ad Hyde’: ★★★★ ‘Creepily melodramatic and beautifully realised’ – The Times:  ★★★★★ ‘Bound to win awards… It comes highly recommended’ – British Theatre Guide:  ★★★★ ‘a gripping, radical retelling of a classic story’ – Three Weeks:  ★★★★ ‘every moment [is] accentuated to great ambient effect… Holloway reveals an acute intelligence’ – Broadway Baby★★★★★ ‘Undeniably brilliant.’ – Views from the Gods★★★★ ‘…sordid, sexy, intelligent…masterful stuff.’ – Everything Theatre.

Jonathan is represented by Rachel Daniels at Berlin Associates, London, England. 

A Tale of Two Cities : Blood For Blood

Jonathan has written 70 playscripts for BBC Radio Drama, 31 professionally produced stage plays and directed 84 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 can be referenced from his CV.


2023: Gaslight

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.

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.

2017: 1984

Adapted and Directed by Jonathan Holloway Site specific production for Creation Theatre, Oxford

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

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

2008: Caravan

Artistic Advisor: Jonathan Holloway  Giffords Circus.

2006-07: Vertigo

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

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

2002: The Love Child

Adapted by Lavinia Murray Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Neil Irish Music by Jon Nicholls

2000: Nosferatu The Visitor

Based loosely on Bram Stoker’s Dracula Written & Directed by Jonathan Holloway Designed by Jamie Vartan Music by Jon Nicholls

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


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