Williams, Hugh Steadman 1935–

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Williams, Hugh Steadman 1935–

PERSONAL: Born June 21, 1935, in London, England; son of Thomas John (a Congregational minister) and Margaret (a teacher) Williams; married Dell Filmer (a graphic designer), 1965; children: Oliver, Gregory. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: University College, Oxford, B.A., 1959, M.A., 1962.

ADDRESSES: Home—Yalding, Kent, England. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Playwright. Westminster Productions Ltd., London, England, artistic director, 1975–87, chair, 1987. Christian Arts Trust, executive secretary, 1996–. Military service: British Army, Royal Corps of Signals, 1954–56; became lieutenant.

WRITINGS:

PLAYS, EXCEPT AS NOTED

(With Alan Thornhill) High Diplomacy (musical), produced in London, England, in the West End, 1969.

GB (musical revue), produced in London, England, in the West End, 1973.

(With Alan Thornhill) Return Trip (three-act; produced in the West End for schools' audiences, 1974), Westminster Productions (London, England), 1974.

The Short Sighted Optimist (radio play), British Broadcasting Corporation, 1974.

Diwali Day (radio play), British Broadcasting Corporation, 1974.

Fire (three-act; produced in Lucerne, Switzerland, 1975, produced in London, England, in the West End, 1977), Westminster Productions (London, England), 1977.

Stranger in the House (two-act; produced in the West End for schools' audiences, 1979), German translation published as Fremder im Eigenen Haus, Reiss A.G. (Basel, Switzerland), 1979.

Poor Man, Rich Man: A One-Man Show Based on the Life of St. Francis of Assisi (music by Kathleen Johnson; produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1979, in Paris, France, at Theatre du Ranelagh, 1982, and later on world tour), Westminster Productions (London, England), 1983.

Everywoman: A Verse Drama, Samuel French (New York, NY), 1981.

Gavin and the Monster (children's book; also see below), illustrated by Margaret Gray, Grosvenor Books (London, England), 1981.

Gavin and the Monster (based on Williams's children's book of the same title; music by Johnson; produced in the West End, 1981), Samuel French (New York, NY), 1982.

(With Alan Thornhill) Nehemiah Now (pop operetta), Radius (England), 1983.

Skeletons (two-act; based on an idea by Pierre Spoerri; produced in Montreux, Switzerland, 1986), Westminster Productions (London, England), 1987.

Liberation (two-act), produced in Montreux, Switzerland, at Caux Theatre, 1988.

Old Abe (two-act), produced in Excelsior, MN, at Old Log Theater, 1993.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb (two-act), produced in London, England, at Intermission Arts Centre, 2005.

Also author of a sketch for Act Justly.

Williams's plays have been translated into German and French.

SIDELIGHTS: Hugh Steadman Williams once told CA: "I possess a working knowledge of French and have traveled on every continent except South America. I am interested in how all mankind can begin to live as brothers and sisters of the same Father."

Recently Williams added: "Now in retirement, I have been getting back to writing and also directing Shakespeare in the village where I live."

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