David Hare, who was born in Sussex in 1947, is one of Britain's most internationally performed playwrights. He has written over twenty stage plays, among them Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, The Absence of War, Skylight, Amy's View, Via Dolorosa, The Permanent Way and Stuff Happens. He has adapted into English plays by Pirandello, Brecht, Chekhov, Schnitzler, Lorca and Gorky. His television films include Licking Hitler. He has written screenplays for many feature films, most recently the film of The Hours.