Marber, Patrick: Writer Career
Patrick Marber is the screenwriter of “Notes on a Scandal,” based on Zoe Heller's best-selling book and directed by Richard Eyre.
Marbers second play, “Closer,” was filmed by Mike Nichols, from the playwrights own script, starring Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. The film gained Oscar nominations for Owen and Portman, with Owen winning the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. Marber was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards.
“Closer” had its stage premiere at the National Theatre in 1997 before transferring to the West End in March 1998 and Broadway in March 1999 (produced by Robert Fox and Scott Rudin). Closer was an international hit and has been produced in more than 100 different cities across the world. It received both the Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play on Broadway.
Marber also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of Patrick McGraths novel Asylum, which was directed by David Mackenzie and starred Natasha Richardson and Ian McKellen.
Marbers first play, Dealers Choice, was produced at the National Theatre (Artistic Director, Richard Eyre) in February 1995 before transferring to the West End. It won the UK Writers Guild Award for Best West End Play and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. His third play, Howard Katz, opened at the National Theatre in June 2001.
Most recently, After Miss Julie, his version of Strindberg's Miss Julie, was performed at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Michael Grandage. His play for teenagers, The Musicians, had its premiere at the National Theatre in summer 2005.
In addition to directing his own plays, Marber has directed Craig Raine's 1953(Almeida), Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills (National Theatre), David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood (Royal Court) and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker (Comedy Theatre).
A collected edition of Patrick Marber's work, Plays One, was published in 2004 by Methuen.
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