A Scottish Play, an American Dream, and a Welsh Window - Hywel John


Hywel John grew up in West Wales, and London. He attended Bristol University and studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

After initially coming to New York in 2008 as an actor, appearing in Rupert Goold’s production of Macbeth—alongside Sir Patrick Stewart—Hywel moved to the United States permanently in 2014 to further his career as a playwright and screenwriter.

His plays have been professionally staged all around the world: in Wales, Edinburgh, Finland, Denmark, New York and London. The London Evening Standard has called Hywel’s work “a gem”, while The Guardian has compared his work to that of Harold Pinter.

Hywel currently splits his time between New York, Alabama and Wales, while working on a commission for National Theatre Wales, entitled ‘The Wales Window’.

On this episode, Richard and Gideon sit down with Hywel to discuss his New York journey from budding actor to transatlantic playwright.


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