Robert Bolt

Robert Bolt was one of England's truly great post-war dramatists. Since leaving a teaching career in the 1950s, Bolt wrote plays that were both critical and popular successes, developing a theme that runs throughout his work - that of the conflict between a person and the society in which they live. Bolt's first and most famous success was 'A Man For All Seasons', which he also adapted for the screen, about the conflict between Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII. Bolt was also a film director and wrote award winning screenplays for some of the great films of the 20th century, including Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and The Mission. He died in 1995.