Famous Playwrights from Scotland

List of notable or famous playwrights from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Scotland and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Scotland is included when available.

A list made up of people like J. M. Barrie and Joanna Baillie.

This historic playwrights from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Scotland?" These prominent playwrights of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish playwrights.

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  • Andrew P. Wilson (born 1886), was a British director, playwright, teacher, and actor. He acted as General Manager for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1914-15. There, he produced his own play, The Slough, about Irish poor. He was also one of the co-creators of the Scottish National Players (1921–1924). In 1924 he directed a series of silent films adapted from the golf stories of P.G. Wodehouse. The films featured actor Harry Beasley as a caddie who observes the humorous dramas of various golfers, thus providing a connective tissue between the short films. (In the short stories, this function is performed by The Oldest Member of a golfing club.) Wilson wrote radio plays for the ...more
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Ann Marie Di Mambro (born 18 June 1950) is a Scottish playwright and television screenwriter of Italian extraction. Her theatre plays have been performed widely; they are also published individually and in collections and are studied in schools for the Scottish curriculum's Higher Drama and English.
    • Age: 72
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow
  • Bill Bryden
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    Bill Bryden

    William Campbell Rough Bryden, (born 12 April 1942 in Greenock, Scotland) is a British stage- and film director and screenwriter.
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Greenock, Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Catherine Grosvenor (born 1978) is a Scottish playwright and translator.
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • David Ashton
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    David Ashton (born 10 November 1941 in Greenock) is a Scottish actor and writer. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1964–67, he has acted in a wide variety of film, television, theatre and radio roles. He has also developed a parallel career as a writer of fiction, film and television screenplays and plays for theatre and radio. His radio play The Old Ladies at the Zoo, which starred Peggy Mount and Liz Smith, won the Radio Times Drama Award in 1985.
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Greenock, United Kingdom
  • David Greig (born 1969) is a Scottish playwright and theatre director. His work has been performed at many of the major theatres in Britain, including the Traverse Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royal National Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and been produced around the world.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom