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
a documentary series which
Shaun wrote and researched.
Presented by Sir Donald
Sinden, directed by
Marc Sinden and produced by
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 THE RINGS
"A stirring triumph of theatrical magic."
THE COMPLETE SMILEY
"Superb... pitch perfect"
THE HEIDI TRILOGY
"Global and timeless"
The Lord of the Rings is coming back
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 Baczewicz 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.
Shaun's first episode of the BBC daily drama DOCTORS was broadcast on June 17th 2014.
"In The Blood" told of a descendant of a Holocaust survivor making a shocking discovery.
More news and links coming soon.
Some recent projects
Casting is announced for the autumn tour of Shaun's adaptation of Peter James' novella THE PERFECT MURDER. The blackly comic thriller tells the 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 investigation, Detective Roy Grace is drawn into the case. The play has just completed an acclaimed Spring UK tour with a cast led by Les Dennis and Claire Goose.
Robert Daws will play Victor, Dawn Steele Joan and Gray O'Brien continues his acclaimed performance as Don Kirk. Thomas Howes will take over as Roy Grace with Simona Armstrong reprising her role as Croatian hooker Kamila. The play is produced by Joshua Andrews and Peter James, and directed by Ian Talbot.
Shaun spoke at the London Screenwriter's Festival on October 27th 2013 about adapting screen to stage - and musical. He shared his experiences of LADIES IN LAVENDER, BEN HUR LIVE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT.
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, tentatively entitled Agent 160.
"Shaun McKenna's stage adaptation ... is an extremely clever
piece of work"
"A thriller with killer one liners"
"A very witty script"
The Original Cast Recording of MADDIE, Shaun's first West End musical, is now available on iTunes. The music is by Shaun's regular collaborator Stephen Keeling, Shaun wrote the Lyrics and collaborated on the Book with Steven Dexter.