Craig Higginson

South African playwright

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Craig is an internationally acclaimed writer and theatre director. 

His plays have been produced at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Market Theatre (Johannesburg), the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, the Finborough, the Trafalgar Studios, the Baxter Theatre (Cape Town), the Traverse, Live Theatre Company, the Citizens Theatre, the Stockholm City Theatre, the Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre 503 and Next Theatre (Chicago) amongst others.  

Several of his plays are university setworks in South Africa and abroad. His play Dream of the Dog, starring Dame Janet Suzman, transferred to the West End after a sold out run at the Finborough Theatre with The Telegraph writing, “The Finborough has a massive, unmissable hit on its hands with Dream of the Dog … An evening fit to grab you by the throat.”

Previous works also include Girl in The Yellow Dress and Little Foot for the National's Connections programme. He is currently under commission by The Ink Factory and Headlong to adapt John le Carré’s novel The Mission Song. A new play The Red Door will be produced in South Africa in 2017.

All his original plays – along with his adaptation of The Jungle Book – are published by Oberon Books and Wits Press in South Africa.

Craig is also a published novelist.




Creator John le Carré
Producer Headlong and Ink Factory
Director Jeremy Herrin
Truth in Translation
Won A Fringe First At the 2007 Edinburgh Festival. Nominated Best New Play Fleur du Cap And Naledi Awards
Writer with Tom Tammi & the cast
  • Janet Suzman
  • Ariyon Bakare
  • Gracy Goldman

    Finborough Theatre & The Trafalgar Studios
    Writer Co-written with Mncedisi Shabangu
    Grahamstown Main Festival and Market Theatre
    Producer Citizens Theatre, Live Theatre, Market Theatre
  • Marianne Oldham

    Drama between an English teacher and her French-Congolese pupil.

    Traverse Theatre
  • Nat Ramabulana
  • Fiona Ramsay
  • Janna Ramos-Violante
    The South African State Theatre, Pretoria
    Producer National Theatre Connections

    Drama juxtaposing South Africa’s contemporary democracy with its ancient past.

    National Theatre

    Writer & Director

    Adapted from the novel by William Golding
    Market Theatre
    Adapted from the novel by Rudyard Kipling
    From an adaptation by Tim Supple
    Market Theatre
    Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
  • David Tennant

    Adapted from the novel by Vladimir Nabokov

    The Other Place


    Executive Producer & Writer



    Laughter in the Dark
    Sony Radio Academy GOLD Award
    1 x 100'
    Director Maria Aitken
  • Roger Allam
  • Claire Price

    Radio adaptation of Craig's stage adaptation of the Nabokov novel

    Production Company Catherine Bailey
    Broadcaster BBC Radio 3