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.
Coming in 2015
Shaun has been commissioned
by Andy Jordan Productions
to write a new stage play
about the legendary diva and
activist Eartha Kitt, who spent
ten yearss out in the cold after
her outspoken comments about
the Vietnam War during a White House lunch in 1968. Born illegitimately on a cotton plantation a, Kitt reinvented herself many times becoming a world famous actress, dancer, singer, disco diva, AIDS campaigner and 'sex kitten.' She died in 2008 at the age of 81.
Autumn 2103 and ongoing
Sky Arts are broadcasting
a documentary series which
Shaun wrote and researched.
Presented by Sir Donald
Sinden, directed by
Marc Sinden and produced by
Jo Gilbert, the first ten episodes feature The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Haymarket, the Noel Coward, Her Majesty's, The Ambassadors', The St Martin's, The Piccadilly, Wyndhams, The Prince of Wales and the Palace Theatres with star guest contributors .
The Daily Telegraph reviews it 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 adaptations like The Complete Smiley. Born in Kent, he now lives in Warwickshire.
For a full biog, click here.
PLAYWRIGHT, SCREEN WRITER, LIBRETTIST, LYRICIST
LADIES IN LAVENDER
"Theatre of such quality is a rare and precious thing."
THE LORD OF
"A stirring triumph of theatrical magic."
THE COMPLETE SMILEY
"Superb... pitch perfect"
"Global and timeless"
And for those of you who keep asking...
Nominated for the
Prix Walo 2008
Shaun spoke at the London Screenwriter's Festival on October 27th about adapting screen to stage - and musical.
From now till 1918
Shaun has been invited to be one of the core writers on the recently announced epic BBC radio series, HOME FRONT, as part of the centenary of the First World War. Following the war at home, the 600-episode series will follow fictional characters as they struggle to keep the home fires burning. It will be broadcast in 'real time' - so the episode broadcast on August 4th 2014 will be set on August 4th 1914.
The first read through of THE PERFECT MURDER last month.
The Cast with Peter James and Ian Talbot.
News and forthcoming events...
More news and links coming soon.
Some recent projects
Les Dennis leads the cast for the forthcoming tour of Peter James' THE PERFECT MURDER, which Shaun has adapted for the stage. Under the tagline "Marriage can be murder!" the play tells the blackly comic tale of Victor Smiley who is so fed up with his wife Joan that he sees murder as his only way out. But Joan has her own plans... In his first solo case, Detective Roy Grace is drawn into the case.
Les Dennis will play Victor, Claire Goose his wife, with Steven Miller as Roy Grace and Gray O'Brian and Simona Armstrong completing the cast. Produced by Joshua Andrews and Peter James, and directed by Ian Talbot, the tour begins on January 8th 2014 prior to a West End run. It is anticipated that this will be the first in a series of Peter James stage adaptations.