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Anton Burge

Anton is a writer and actor, whose most recent play in the UK, Mrs. Pat, opened at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, starring Dame Penelope Keith.

His play Bette and Joan has recently opened for a third season in Germany and also at Frinton’s Summer Theatre, starring Greta Scacchi and Felicity Dean. Last year it completed its fourth run in Poland and was on tour in the North of England over 2019. It has also enjoyed success in Spain, Estonia, Slovakia and Australia. It opens in Italy in 2024.

As a playwright Anton specialises in writing for women, focusing on celebrated women of the 19th and 20th centuries. Bette & Joan opened in the West End in 2011 starring Greta Scacchi and Anita Dobson, directed by Bill Alexander, before a national tour in 2012.

His biography of Bette Davis: A Life Lived in Melodrama is published in 2023 and he has recently published a book of studies and interviews of interpretations of Queen Elizabeth I: Portraying Elizabeth: Elizabeth I on Stage & Screen, the interviewees including Anna Massey, Glenda Jackson, Greta Scacchi, Dame Eileen Atkins, Miranda Richardson, Felicity Dean and Dame Harriet Walter. He is currently at work on a book of studies and interpretations of Margaret Thatcher, to be published next year. The interviewees include Patricia Hodge, Dame Maureen Lipman, Stella Gonet, Angela Thorne, Fenella Woolgar and Haydn Gwynne.

Anton’s other plays include: What Ever Happened to the Cotton Dress Girl?, starring Paula Wilcox, G & I {both New End Theatre, Hampstead}; Lady Mosley’s Suite, a study of Diana Mosley’s time in Holloway prison {read in 2010 at the Trafalgar Studios with a cast including Emilia Fox and Patricia Hodge} and Curtsy! {read in 2015 with a cast including Sylvestra le Touzel and Sophie Ward}. His last West End production, Storm in a Flower Vase, explored the life of florist and cookery writer Constance Spry, starring Penny Downie and directed by Alan Strachan. Curtsy! goes into production in 2024.

His first contemporary play: Year of the Virgin was read at The Charing Cross Theatre in Spring 2019, with a cast including Sian Thomas.

Storm in a Flower Vase, Bette & Joan and Mrs. Pat are published by Samuel French. Portraying Elizabeth was published in 2020.

A Life Lived in Melodrama is published by Fantom Books in 2023.

Turning into ‘The Lady’ will be published in 2024.