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Rebecca Lenkiewicz is a UK playwright, actor and poet, born in Plymouthmarker, Devonmarker. Her surname derives from the late Robert Lenkiewicz, a Plymouth artist who married her mother. Her biological father is a writer named Peter Quint.

She attended Plymouth High School for Girlsmarker, then progressing to a BA in Film and English at the University of Kentmarker from 1985 to 1989 and then a BA Acting Course at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1996 to 1999 .


As a writer, her plays include Soho: A Tale of Table Dancers which she wrote for the Royal Shakespeare Company Fringe in 2000, which won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival. Helen Raynor's production was revived in London on 2 February 2001, the first play to be staged at the Arcola Theatremarker. Lenkiewicz also appeared in the play in the role of Stella.

With her second play in 2004 she won the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright with the The Night Season, set in Sligomarker and staged at the Royal National Theatremarker in the Cottesloe by Lucy Bailey [199038] [199039].

In July 2005 Lenkiewicz received generally encouraging reviews for her Shoreditch Madonna, directed by Sean Mathias at the Soho Theatremarker. A tale of love among the artists in an East London gallery, it starred Francesca Annis and Leigh Lawson. [199040] [199041].

In January 2006 she and Abdulkareem Kasid created a new version of The Soldier's Tale, set in Iraq, a music theatre piece by Igor Stravinsky and Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, staged at the Old Vicmarker [199042]. In August of the same year her play Blue Moon Over Poplar was staged by the National Youth Theatre company at the Soho Theatre [199043].

In April 2008 her new adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People opened at the Arcola Theatre, directed by its founder Mehmet Ergen. [199044].

Her new play Her Naked Skin, directed by Howard Davies, premiered on the Olivier stage at the NT in July 2008, the first play to be performed on the Olivier stage by a living female playwright.


  1. The Times 26 July 2004, Rebecca Lenkiewicz - the table turner by Patrick Marmion [1]
  2. Agent biography [2]

External links

  • Rebecca Lenkiewicz biography (Casarotto Ramsay and Associates - Literary Agents) [199045]
  • BBC Get Writing biography [199046]
  • Rebecca Lenkiewicz interview British Theatre Guide, 2004 [199047]
  • Rebecca Lenkiewicz interview Music Omh [199048]

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