Jon
Brittain

Playwright and writer for radio and television

Jon Brittain is a playwright, television writer and director. 

His critically acclaimed play Rotterdam premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios where it earned him a nomination for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016. It later transferred to 59E59 in New York and the Arts Theatre in the West End. Rotterdam won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017.

Other work includes the cult hit show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, and the plays A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) which won a Fringe First Award in 2017.

He has directed the critically acclaimed and fringe-first award-winning Baby Reindeer and both of John Kearns's Fosters Award winning shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick and Tom Allen's shows Both Worlds and Indeed

He was staff writer on Series 3 of The Crown for Netflix and Leftbank Pictures.

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Theatre

Writer 

Director Luke Sheppard

Adaptation of David Walliams' much loved childrens book for stage

Nuffield Southampton
Rotterdam
Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement at an Affiliate Theatre 2017
Producer Hartshorn Hook
Director Donnacadh O’Briain
Starring
  • Alice McCarthy
  • Anna Martine
  • Full length play about gender identity and relationships.

    Theatre 503 / 59E59 / Trafalgar Studios / The Arts Theatre / Skylight Theatre, LA
    Director Alex Mitchell
    Starring
  • Madeleine MacMahon
  • Sophie Clay
  • Ed Yelland
  • Sally is a happy person, but she’s also got an illness – one that makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be.

    Score by Matthew Floyd Jones

    New Diorama Theatre/Pleasance Courtyard

    A one man play about bulimia.

    Theatre 503
    Starring
  • Nick Kay
  • A bittersweet story of loss told from the perspective of the family dog
    Latitude Festival
    Director Jon Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Sam Donnelly
  • Paul Joseph
  • Fiona Skinner
  • Claire Timmins
  • Short play presented as part of Shhhh.... by the 503Five
    Theatre 503
    Director Alex Brown
    Starring
  • Lydia Larson
  • Matt Milne
  • Joseph Radcliffe
  • Iris Roberts
  • Short play, part of The Miniaturists 33
    Arcola Theatre
    Director Lisa Cagnacci
    Short play, part of This Year it Will be Different, a collection of New Year's plays
    Theatre 503
    Producer Misshapen Theatre
    Short play as part of Blast Off, an evening of sci-fi drama
    Theatre 503
    Producer Lucy Jackson
    Director Natasha Nixon
    Starring
  • Samuel Donnelly
  • Helen Duff
  • Michael Lyle
  • Comedy about the world of internet dating

    Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
    Producer Tara Wilkinson
    Director Nathalie Ibu
    Starring
  • Nicholas Lawson
  • Joshua McCord
  • Helen Millar
  • Amy Morgan
  • Comedy play in reaction to the Old Vic's A Flea in His Ear
    Old Vic, Time Warner Ignition
    Producer Lucy Jackson
    Director Jonathan Brittain & Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Jack Swain
  • Alice White
  • Comedy following a relationship played out on Facebook

    Upstairs at Three and Ten, Brighton Fringe Festival
    Short play, part of Fifteen, The Space's fifteenth anniversary celebrations
    The Space
    Director Lotte Wakeham
    Starring
  • Nick Banks
  • Lucy Benson-Brown
  • Anna Maguire
  • Short play written for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange
    The Vineyard Theatre, New York
    Play for teenagers
    RADA
    The Wake
    Judges Award For Comedy - National Student Drama Festival
    Director Ant Cule
    Starring
  • Ashley Booth
  • One man play about family secrets spilling out at a wake
    NSDF, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh. New Diorama, London.
    Producer Off the Kerb Productions

    Comedy theatre show

    Starring
  • Matthew Tedford
  • A satirical drag musical that tells the story of Maggie's adventures in Soho, where a wrong-turn leads to her becoming an overnight cabaret star
    Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    Writer & Director 

    Producer James Seabright

    Comedy about love, Star Trek, and learning to accept who you are

    Gilded Balloon - EdFringe

    Director 

    Producer Francesca Moody
    Writer Richard Gadd
    Starring
  • Richard Gadd
  • When Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner Richard Gadd offers a free cup of tea to a stranger, what appears to be a trivial interaction has ramifications far wider than he could ever have imagined.



    Summerhall, Edinburgh
    John Kearns: Shtick
    Foster's Comedy Award 2014
    Writer John Kearns
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, Soho Theatre
    John Kearns: Sight Gags for Perverts
    Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2013
    Writer John Kearns
    Soho Theatre

    Assistant Director 

    Director Hanna Berrigan
    Edinburgh Fringe 2014
    Director David Grindley

    The world's first show based on coming-out stories

    Edinburgh Fringe 2014, St James Theatre

    Television

    Writer 

    Left Bank Pictures for Netflix
    Staff Writer
    Producer Rachelle Constant

    In development at BBC3.

    BBC 3
    Starring
  • Kwesi Boakye
  • Rupert Degas
  • Kyla Rae Kowalewski
  • Dan Russell
  • Children's animated show about a family of blue cats and pink rabbits
    Turner for Cartoon Network

    Radio

    Writer 


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4