Piper to make National Theatre debut

Piper to make National Theatre debut

LONDON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- British television star Billie Piper is to make her debut at the National Theatre this fall in Lucy Prebble's new play, "The Effect," producers announced.
Broderick set for Broadway return

Broderick set for Broadway return

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. film and stage actor Matthew Broderick is set to star in the new Broadway production of "The Philanthropist," the Roundabout Theatre Company announced.
Sarsgaard, Thomas set for 'Seagull'

Sarsgaard, Thomas set for 'Seagull'

NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- Peter Sarsgaard and Kristin Scott Thomas have signed on to star in a new version of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull" in New York, the play's representatives said.

Stars planning to attend Oscars lunch

BEVERLY HILLS , Calif., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Oscar nominees George Clooney, Viggo Mortensen, Julie Christie, Laura Linney and Ellen Page are set to attend an upcoming Hollywood luncheon in their honor.

'Atonement' earns 14 BAFTA nods

LONDON , Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The period drama "Atonement" led the field when nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards were announced Wednesday.

Travolta wins supporting actor prize

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Organizers of the Hollywood Film Festival have named John Travolta the recipient of its Hollywood Supporting Actor of the Year Award.

'Dracula' heading to Broadway

NEW YORK, March 10 (UPI) -- A musical based on Bram Stoker's vampire classic "Dracula" will be the first entry in the 2004-2005 Broadway season.

Yasmina Reza's 'Life' comes to Broadway

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- It shouldn't take much stamina to get through a 90-minute play, but French playwright Yasmina Reza's "Life (x) 3" begins to suck an audience's energy by the time it reaches its final scene, a repetition of the previous two scenes except for variations in

Moliere's fascinating 'Don Juan'

NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- It is a rare treat to see Moliere''s audacious play, ''Don Juan,'' based on the same legendary character that inspired Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart''s opera, "Don Giovanni," and to discover that it can still fascinate more than three centuries after it was fir
Christopher Hampton
(R-L) Keira Knightley, James McAvoy and screenplay writer Christopher Hampton listen as director Joe Wright introduces the cast onstage at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of "Atonement" at the Elgin Theater in Toronto, Canada on September 10, 2007. (UPI Photo/Christine Chew)

Christopher James Hampton CBE (born January 26, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning British playwright, screen writer and film director. He is best known for his play based on the novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and the film version Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and also more recently for writing the nominated screenplay for the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's Atonement.

Hampton was born in Faial, Azores, to British parents Dorothy Patience (née Herrington) and Bernard Patrick Hampton, a marine telecommunications engineer for Cable & Wireless. His father's job which led the family to subsequently settle in Aden and Alexandria in Egypt and later Hong Kong and Zanzibar. The Suez Crisis in 1956 necessitated that the family flee under cover of darkness, leaving their possessions behind.

After a prep school at Reigate, Hampton went to the independent boarding school Lancing College at the age of 13, where he won house colours for boxing and distinguished himself as a sergeant in the CCF. Fellow dramatist David Hare was a school contemporary.

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