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Mark Burgess





Soldier / Sailor

One act play based on a real meeting between MI6 Chief Sir Maurice Oldfield and Sir Alec Guinness. Rehearsed reading at Pier Productions Ltd, Brighton.



Somewhere in England

Two act play commissioned to celebrate the 450th anniversary of The Harpur Trust & the 850th anniversary of Bedford's Royal Charter. Premiered at The Quarry Theatre, St Luke's, Bedford in 2016. Directed by Mark Burgess.



Two Halves of Guinness

Two act one-man play with Trevor Littledale as Sir Alec Guinness. Premiered at The Greys, Brighton, July 2010. UK Tour, Autumn 2011. Dubai, December 2012.

Leicester Square Theatre (Lounge), April 2013. Brighton Toy & Model Museum, 2018.  Directed by Derek Parry.



Two act one-man play about Laurence Olivier. Set during the making of the feature film Marathon Man and the television production of King Lear. Jermyn Street Theatre, London 2015. Théâtre le Colombier, Tarn, France, 2019. With Keith Drinkel as Olivier and directed by Daniel Finlay.



The Man with the Golden Pen

Two act one-man play with Mark Burgess as Ian Fleming. UK Theatre Tour 2001 / 2003. Directed by Roger Alborough. Michael Chance as Ian Fleming / Brighton Fringe Festival 2012. Jermyn Street Theatre. London, 2015. Théâtre le Colombier in Tarn, France, 2019. Directed by Louise Jameson.



The Bedford Wives

Two act play commissioned by Bedford College for 2nd year Performing Arts Students. Produced at The Place, Bedford 2003 and directed by Mark Burgess.



Casting Shadows

Two act play. Queen’s Head Theatre, Brighton, 1999. The Old Red Lion Theatre, London 2001. Directed by Derek Parry. Staged reading at Chichester Festival Theatre / 2012 as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.



Oscar Wilde and The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Rupert Brooke: Under An English Heaven.

Single act one-man plays. UK theatre tour 1995 as An English Heaven / An English Hell, directed by Ian Rimington.





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All Mouth and Trousers

Broadcast in 2016 with John Sessions as Frank Muir, Zeb Soanes as Derek Nimmo and Pauline Devaney and Edwin Apps as themselves.



Joan and the Baron

Broadcast in 2013 and 2014 with Eleanor Bron as Joan Littlewood and Michael Jayston as Baron Philippe de Rothschild.



A King's Speech

Broadcast in 2009 and 2011 (and 2013 / BBC Radio 4 Extra) with Alex Jennings as King George VI.



The Wrong Hero?

Broadcast in 2007 and 2008 with Simon Williams as Leslie Howard and Kenneth Cranham as Alfred Chenhalls.



Sam O’Bedlam

Broadcast in 2006 on the centenary of Samuel Beckett’s birth. With Jim Norton as Samuel Beckett and Andrew Scott as the younger Geoffrey Thompson.



From Father with Love

Broadcast in 2006 with Simon Williams and Lucy Fleming as Ian and Ann Fleming.



Einstein in Cromer

Broadcast in 2004 and 2006 with David Suchet as Albert Einstein.



Casting Shadows

Broadcast in 2002 and 2004 with Roy Hudd as Max Miller. Also in 2019 on BBC Radio 4 Extra.



Thrilling Cities (3 x 15 minute readings)

Broadcast in 2014. Abridged from Ian Fleming's book of travel essays and read by Simon Williams.



Eel Pie Island (short story)

Broadcast in 2012. Read by Kenneth Cranham.



A Modern Love Story (short story)

Broadcast in 2010. Commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tate Modern and read by Clare Corbett.











BBC Radio 4 - Directed by David Blount and produced

by Pier Productions Ltd


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A Part of Life 

One act play to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Christopher Fry (an Old Bedford Modernian). With Trevor Littledale as Christopher Fry. Produced at Bedford Modern School in 2007 and directed by Mark Burgess.


The Only Way

One act play to mark the 10th anniversary of co-education at BMS in 2013 and directed by Shelly Leather.


With Wings as Eagles

Two act play to celebrate the 250th anniversary of BMS in 2014 and directed by Mark Burgess.

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Many of these productions continue to be frequently repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

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