David Hare

One of the England's most important playwrights of the late 20th century, David Hare was the author and director of such highly regarded works as "Plenty" (1978), "Racing Demon" (1990), "Stuff Happens" (2004) and "The Vertical Hour" (2006). Hare's plays chronicled the decline of his native country as viewed through the lives of its residents in every social class - from everyday citizens to its heads of state. Hare also wrote and directed extensively for film and television, with such acclaimed films as "Plenty" (1985), "Wetherby" (1985), "The Hours" (2002) and "The Reader" (2008) among his numerous credits. Over the course of three decades, Hare's passion for social and political causes, as well as the quality of his work, placed him among the upper ranks of the world's dramatists.