Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
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    5NW.6.8, Colchester Campus



Jonathan Lichtenstein's play, 'The Pull of Negative Gravity' won an Edinburgh Fringe First for, 'innovation and outstanding new stage writing'. It transferred from the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh to Off Broadway- New York (59E59) and has had productions in Germany, Australia and Florida. His play, 'Memory , by Theatr Clwyd Cymru also transferred to New York, (59E59) with further productions in London , Cardiff, and Chicago. His play 'Darkness' performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. He has had two attachments at the National Theatre where he developed the play, ' Rig 83' as well as commissions from The Sherman Theatre, the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and Theatr Clwyd in Wales. His book, 'The Berlin Shadow- Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport' , will be published in August 2020 by Scribner. (Simon and Schuster) in the UK, Little, Brown in the U.S.and Suhrkamp in Germany. It is currently being translated into Italian, German, Dutch and Danish. He was the writer on , 'Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer' where he worked with the dancer Shane Shambhu. His radio plays (produced by BBC Radio 4) are 'Moving the Scrolls' and 'Human Rights. He welcomes research on contemporary theatre, writing for theatre, Melanie Klein, as well as autofiction and memoir


  • BA Leeds


University of Essex

  • Director of the Centre for Theatre Studies, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (7/1996 - 2014)

Other academic

  • Head of Department, University of Essex (7/2011 - 7/2014)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Key words: Immigration.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Dramatic Structure (LT913)

  • Theatre Making: Autobiography (TH142)

  • Theatre Production and Technology (TH145)

  • Tragedy and Theatre Writing (TH243)

  • Independent Practical Theatre Project (TH831)

  • Independent Theatre Studies Project (TH836)

Previous supervision

James Jarrett
James Jarrett
Thesis title: Theatres of the Mind: A Kleinian Analysis of the Plays of Harold Pinter
Degree subject: Theatre Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/12/2018


Books (3)

Lichtenstein, J., (2021). L'ombra di Berlino. Vivere con i fantasmi del Kindertransport. Mondadori. 8804737050. 9788804737056

Lichtenstein, J., (2020). The Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport. Scribner. 978-1471167270

Lichtenstein, J., (2020). Skyggen Fra Berlin. Kristeligt Daglads Forlag. 9788774674672

Media (2)

Pretty, J., Dixon, M., Tearne, R., Oliver, S., Shaheed, A. and Lichtenstein, J., Louder than Words Podcast: Migration. Audio

Lichtenstein, J., The Balance of the Mind. Video

Other (8)

Lichtenstein, J., Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer' - (previously titled, 'My Inside Playground' )

Lichtenstein, J., (2020).The Balance of the Mind -(script),University of Essex

Shambhu, S. and Lichtenstein, J., (2017).My Inside Playground,Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex

Lichtenstein, J., (2011).Darkness,Edinburgh Festival

Lichtenstein, J., (2011).Yarico and Inkle,New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Lichtenstein, J., (2009).Requiem,Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Lichtenstein, J., (2006).The Pull of Negative Gravity,Nick Hern Books

Lichtenstein, J., (2006).Memory,Nick Hern Books

Grants and funding


The Journey in Reverse: A work of prose-fiction with photographs

Leverhulme Trust

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