Ben
Lewis

Writer for theatre, TV, film and radio.

Ben is an award-winning writer for theatre, TV, film and radio.

He was part of Channel 4’s screenwriting programme for emerging screenwriters developing a grounded supernatural show called The Sticks. He is currently writing comedies for Channel 4 and the BBC and drama for Working Title, Big Talk and Carnival, as well as writing a pilot in the US for Red Hour and eOne.

Ben is founding member of award-winning theatre company Inspector Sands, co-creating work which has toured extensively in the UK, to venues including the Southbank Centre, the National Theatre, the Traverse and the Lyric Hammersmith, and internationally to countries including the USA, Korea, China, Armenia and Russia. 

He created the music theatre show My Name Is Sue (Total Theatre Award) with Dafydd James, as well as its sequel Sue: The Second Coming (Soho Theatre/Bristol Old Vic). The pair have also written and toured a new musical The Village Social (National Theatre of Wales).

CV

Theatre

Writer

Producer Inspector Sands/ China Plate
Director Lucinka Eisler
Producer Perth Theatre
Director Lu Kemp

A Contemporary musical adaptation of Cervantes' classic.

Perth Theatre
The Lounge
Nominated for Best New Play at the Off West End Awards 2018
Producer Inspector Sands
Director Lu Kemp

A dangerously unstable farce about growing old.

Soho Theatre
New play about a family.
Soho Theatre
Producer Inspector Sands
Director Lu Kemp
Starring
  • Lucinka Eisler
  • Stephen Harper
  • Giulia Innocenti
  • Amanda Lawrence
  • Co-written and co-created with Lucinka Eisler and Giulia Innocenti. New show about legacy, the war, stiff upper lips, the dawn of the information age and the inevitability of death.

    Almeida
    If That's All There Is
    Winner: Edinburgh International Fringe Festival Award 2009
    Producer Inspector Sands
    Starring
  • Lucinka Eisler
  • Giulia Innocenti
  • Ben Lewis
  • Co-written and co-created with Lucinka Eisler and Giulia Innocenti. A couple are teetering on the brink of marriage. As the happiest day of their lives approaches, the panic begins to rise.
    Traverse Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, National, US & China Tour
    Producer Inspector Sands

    UK touring production for children commissioned by Farnham Maltings. Co-written and co-created with Lucinka Eisler and Guilia Innocenti.

    Hysteria
    Winner: Total Theatre Award 2006
    Producer Inspector Sands
    Starring
  • Lucinka Eisler
  • Giulia Innocenti
  • Ben Lewis
  • Co-written and co-created with Lucinka Eisler and Giulia Innocenti. A man and a woman are on the most awkward dinner date of their lives. Caught in the middle is their mortified waiter.
    South Bank Centre, BAC, Aurora Nova, National & International Tour

    Writer & Director

    My Name is Sue
    Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Music and Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, 2009

    Co-created and written with Dafydd James.

    Edinburgh Festival, Soho Theatre, National Tour
    Starring
  • Carys Eleri
  • Rebecca Harries
  • Darren Lawrence
  • Sue Roderick
  • New musical co-created and written with Dafydd James.

    National Theatre of Wales

    Sue's back.

    Soho Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Chapter Arts Centre
    Producer Inspector Sands
    Starring
  • Lucinka Eisler
  • Guilia Innocenti
  • Co-written and co-created with Lucinka Eisler and Guilia Innocenti this is a promenade audio-guide to the Great British High Street.

    National Theatre 'Watch this Space', Without Walls, Greenwich+Docklands Festival and Watford Palace Theatre

    Television

    Writer & Creator

    Sci-fi drama about a young woman caught up in big business.

    eOne/Red Hour

    Supernatural procedural 

    Carnival
    In development

    Relationship comedy drama co-created with Catherine Shepherd.

    Working Title for NBC
    In Development

    Comedy drama about a woman forced to reckon with her complete romantic history. Co-created with Catherine Shepherd

    Left Bank Pictures

    New supernatural drama project.

    Neal St.
    In Development

    Comedy about highwaymen co-created with Rob Evans.

    Hartswood for BBC 3

    Comedy drama about nannies, co-created with Catherine Shepherd.

    Fly Films for Channel 4
    In development

    Writer

    Starring
  • Rebecca Front
  • Frances Barber
  • Sharon Horgan
  • Katy Brand
  • Tiger Aspect for Sky

    Radio

    Writer


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Off- Grid
    Radio 4 Pick of the Week
    1 x 45"

    Psychological horror about a remote community in the Scottish Highlands


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    House Rules Series 1
    R4 Drama of the week
    5 x 15"
    Starring
  • Deborah Findlay
  • Rosie Cavaliero
  • Comedy drama series about family meetings


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Starring
  • Alexandra Roach
  • Kieran Hodgson
  • Follow up to the award nominated Romance Is Dead


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Romance Is Dead
    Nominated for Best Radio Drama at the WGGB Awards 2017
    1 x 45'
    Director Kirsty Williams
    Starring
  • Alexandra Roach
  • Kieran Hodgson
  • Romantic comedy drama 


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Director Lu Kemp
    Starring
  • MacKenzie Crook
  • Rosie Cavaliero

  • Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Dates
    4 x 15'

    Comedy series co-written with Catherine Shepherd.


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    In development
    Director Kirsty Williams
    Starring
  • Samuel Roukin
  • Nicola Stapleton
  • Psychological thriller

    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4
    Tiny
    1 x 45'
    Director Kirsty Williams
    Starring
  • Joshua Jenkins
  • Julia McKenzie
  • Mark Heap
  • A lonely teenager becomes a pirate radio sensation.


    Broadcaster BBC Radio 4

    Film

    Writer & Creator

    Co-written with Sophie Fletcher and Kieran Fay. Three cleaners go to great lengths to treat their supervisor on her birthday.
    People Can Run
    Producer Inspector Sands
    Director Louise Hooper
    Film version of the award-winning play
    In post-production