Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint at the Ambassadors Theatre), Mother Clap’s Molly House and Citizenship (both National Theatre), Pool (No Water) (Frantic Assembly at the Lyric Theatre), The Cut (Donmar Theatre), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Paines Plough) and Over There (Royal Court). From 2012 to 2014, Mark was playwright in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, producing a new version of Brecht’s Galileo and a new play Candide inspired by Voltaire (both Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon). Mark’s work in music theatre includes a new English version of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea with additional material by Michael Nyman (King’s Head), Ten Plagues, a song cycle for Marc Almond with composer Connor Mitchell (Traverse Theatre) and Elysium with composer Rolf Wallin for the Norwegian Opera. Mark is the co-creator of the ITV sitcom Vicious.