Coming in 2015


Shaun has written the Book for THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING, a brand new arena spectacular directed by Philip Wm. McKinley.  Produced by Michael Cohl and Jeremy Harris, THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING will tour the USA from the Spring of 2015.  

Lyrics are by Maribeth Derry

and music by Ryan Beveridge 

and Matt Rollings.


Ray Winkler will design the set,  

Anne Hould Ward the costumes

and Patrick Woodroffe light.

HEIDI, the musical Shaun wrote with Stephen Keeling, John Havu and Stefan Mens, became the acclaimed HEIDI TRILOGY after the first show was successful in Switzerland and Germany in 2005.  


Now Shaun and the team are working with Willem Metz Management on a new, revised version of the first part of the story of Heidi.  This will roll out over Europe and the Far East during 2015 and 2016.



                                                Sky Arts continue to broadcast

                                                GREAT WEST END THEATRES,

                                                a documentary series which

                                                Shaun wrote and researched.

                                                Presented by Sir Donald

                                                Sinden, directed by

                                                Marc Sinden and produced by

Jo Gilbert.  The Daily Telegraph reviews it here.  And there is a long piece in New York Arts here.

Shaun McKenna is an award-winning British writer.  Prolific and versatile, his work ranges from theatre plays to prime-time TV, acclaimed West End musicals to documentaries, spectacular arena shows to classic radio adaptations.  


He is probably best known for the stage version of The Lord of the Rings, plays such as The Perfect Murder and Ladies In Lavender, TV such as Like Father Like Son and Heartbeat, and radio projects such as Home Front and The Complete Smiley.  Born in Kent, he now lives in Warwickshire.


For a full biog, click here.

Shaun McKenna




"Theatre of such quality is a rare and precious thing."



"A stirring triumph of theatrical magic."

The Times



"Global and timeless"

Sonntags Blick

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The Lord of the Rings

is coming back



will be embarking on a

World Tour in 2015, in a

completely new production.




More details here as soon as they are released.  Or subscribe to the website for regular updates

Nominated for the

Prix Walo 2008



Shaun is working with award winning composer John Cameron on a new musical, THE LAST HORSEMAN.  Originally produced by Spanish film producer Andres Vicente Gomez in Madrid in 2012, the show is being reinvented prior to its West End English language premiere.  The show will have ground breaking special effects.

August 2014 - November 2018


Shaun is one of the core writers on the  epic BBC radio series, HOME FRONT, broadcast as part of the centenary of the First World War.  The 600-episode series follows fictional characters as they  keep the home fires burning.  It will be broadcast in 'real time' - so each day's episode will be set exactly a century earlier.


Working with editor Jessica Dromgoole and brilliant radio writers Katie Hims, Sebastian Baczkiewicz and Sarah Daniels, Shaun is writing episodes in Seasons One and Two and will be lead writer on Season Three.


HOME FRONT starts transmitting on August 4th 2014 on Radio 4 at 12 noon.

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News and forthcoming events...



More news and links coming soon.

Some recent projects


The McKenna-Keeling musical THE RETURN OF PETER PAN is now represented in Germany by Pegasus Medienagentur und Theaterverlage.


BEN HUR LIVE, for which Shaun wrote the Book, will be playing in Korea in 2014.



Shaun has signed a development deal with ITV Studios to create an original TV series, provisionally entitled Agent 160.

"Shaun McKenna's stage adaptation ... is an extremely clever

piece of work"


"A thriller with killer one liners"

Coventry Telegraph


"A very witty script"

BroadwayWorld UK




The Original Cast Recording of MADDIE, Shaun's first West End musical (written with Stephen Keeling and Steven Dexter)

is now available on iTunes.

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January - June 2015


After the success of his first Peter

James adaptation, Shaun's new

theatre version of Peter's most

popular novel DEAD SIMPLE 

will tour the UK throughout the

first half of 2015.  Casting to be

announced.  The play features

Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.


It will be directed by Ian Talbot and produced by Joshua Andrews and Peter James.  Check the website for more details.

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