Roy Smiles is a playwright and singer-songwriter from West London, also occasional actor.
Author of twenty three produced plays he has had productions staged in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, Czech Republic and Sweden.
His latest play The Lad Himself, about 1950’s comedian Tony Hancock, opens at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2012.
Edinburgh 2012: The Lad Himself, Gilded Balloon, reviewThis hour-long show,The Lad Himself, about Tony Hancock ain’t half bad, Dominic Cavendish The Telegraph
His first album of songs: Drunks & Dreamers was released by Red Admiral Records in 2011.
His first play Schmucks, about a fictitious meeting between Lenny Bruce & Groucho Marx, was performed at the Battersea Arts Centre in 1992.
Other early plays include:
Top Of The Town (Kings Head Theatre 1992), Roberto Calvi Is Alive & Well (Finborough Theatre 1992)
Idiot's Waltz (Finborough Theatre 1993),
Danny Boy (Etcetera Theatre 1994),
The Boys Of Summer (Old Red Lion Theatre 1995),
The Promised Land (Kings Head Theatre 1995),
Get It While You Can - A Conversation With Janis Joplin (Etcetera Theatre1996),Exiles (Hen & Chickens Theatre 1997),
Stand Up (Old Red Lion Theatre 1999), Bombing People (Jermyn Street Theatre 2000), Sick Dictators (Jermyn Street Theatre 2001) & Lunatics’ Tango (Hen & Chickens Theatre 2002).
His play about Spike Milligan Ying Tong - A Walk With The Goons reached London’s West End - the New Ambassadors’ Theatre - in 2005, produced by Michael Codron. It was later staged in New Zealand, South Africa, the U.S and had two sell-out tours of Australia.
His play about his stand up comedy days -
The Ho Ho Club - was staged at the Kings Head Theatre in 2006, starring Sally Lindsay.
Year Of The Rat, his play about the attempts of George Orwell to write Nineteen Eighty Four, premiered at The Court Theatre in New Zealand 2007 and had its UK premier at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2008, again produced by Michael Codron.
Schmucks had its U.S premier in 2008 at The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia.
Pythonesque, his story of the Monty Python comedy team, was originally staged in South Africa in 2008 and had its UK premier at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009.
Kurt & Sid with Danny Dyer as Sid Vicious and Shaun Evans as Kurt Cobain reached London’s West End - the Trafalgar Studios - in 2009.
Backstage, his 1930’s vaudeville farce, had its world premier at The Court Theatre, New Zealand in 2009.
The Last Pilgrim, his play about Robert F. Kennedy, was staged at the White Bear Theatre in 2010. It was shortlisted for Best Play at the 2011 Off West End Awards.
Burlesque, a musical co-written with Adam Meggido, was staged at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2011. It won Best Musical at the 2012 Off West End Awards.
Pythonesque, Kurt and Sid, Year Of The Rat and Ying Tong are all published by Oberon Books.
His book on the comedy that influenced him: Funny People is also published by Oberon.
Ying Tong, Good Evening (the story of the Beyond The Fringe team), Pythonesque and Dear Arthur, Love John ( the story of John Le Mesurier & Arthur Lowe’s relationship during their Dad’s Army years) have all been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
As an actor he played Itzac Heller in Roman Polanski’s Oscar winning The Pianist.
He has recorded three albums of original songs: DRUNKS & DREAMERS , SEA SONGS and TIME'S MOVING ON.
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