Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
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    +44 (0) 1206 872221

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    5NW.6.8, Colchester Campus



Jonathan Lichtenstein first stage play 'Station' opened the Soho Theatre in London in 2000. Other plays include 'The Pull of Negative Gravity' at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh during the Festival , where it won a Fringe First for 'outstanding new writing'. The play transferred to New York (59E59 Theatre) and has had productions in Germany, Australia and Florida. His play 'Memory' was produced in 2006 by Clwyd Theatr Cymru where it played in Mold and Cardiff before transferring to New York in 2007 with further productions in London and Chicago. His play 'Darkness' performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2011. He has had commissions from Sherman Theatre Cymru, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and has had two attachments at the National Theatre where he developed the play ' Rig 83'. He is currently writing a book, 'The Berlin Shadow' due to be published in 2019 by Scribner. He has had two radio plays produced by BBC Radio 4, 'Moving the Scrolls' and 'Human Rights' Jonathan would particularly welcome applications from PhD students who wish to develop their own stage writing as well as research proposals that are concerned with aspects of contemporary theatre.


  • BA Leeds

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Research for Creative Practice (LT905)

  • Dramatic Structure (LT913)

  • Theatre Making (TH142)

  • Technical Theatre and Stage Management (TH145)

  • Tragedy (TH243)

  • Writing for the Theatre (TH344)

  • 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 (1)

Lichtenstein, J., (2019). The Berlin Shadow: A Journey In Search Of My Father’s Childhood. Scribner

Other (4)

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

Grants and funding


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

Leverhulme Trust

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