Mike Poulton is an English writer, translator and adapter of classic plays for contemporary audiences. Mike's first career was in publishing and he only became a playwright in 1995, being nominated for a Tony for his first ever adaptation for the Chichester Festival Theatre, Fortune's Fool, which starred Alan Bates in the lead role. The same season at Chichester also featured Derek Jacobi in Mike's adaptation of Uncle Vanya.
As well as Chekov, Mike has adapted Ibsen, Chaucer and Dickens and his adaptations have been performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Crucible Sheffield and the Donmar Warehouse London, among many others.
He is perhaps best known for adapting Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies and Robert Harris' Cicero trilogy for the Royal Shakespeare Company. All of these plays transferred to the West End after sell-out seasons at Stratford.
Mike will talk to us about the challenges and rewards of adapting novels for the theatre, the transformation of thrilling fiction into thrilling theatre, how to imbue classic plays with contemporary relevance and the process of partnership with authors throughout adaptation.
the Parisot literary festival
Mike Poulton: Turning thrilling fiction into thrilling theatre
Saturday 20 October
16h15 Salle des fêtes
19, 20 & 21 October 2018
Priority reservations for Festilitt friends
Friday 19th Oct 19h00
Join us for a relaxed and convivial apéro dinatôire to kick off our sixth festival in style.
There will be book sales and signings at the end of each session.
You can also buy a selection of books by participating authors throughout the weekend at our bookshop
Continue the conversations over dinner with the authors on Saturday night and get to know the people behind the books.
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