John Wyer is Professor of the Arts on Screen, and a writer, media producer, and historian of television. He has produced many notable performance films for television, and he is the creative producer for a series of screen adaptations of stage productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company. These include Henry IV, Part 1 (2014), Hamlet (2016), and Timon of Athens (2019). In 2013 John produced the RSC’s first live-to-cinema broadcast, which brought Gregory Doran’s production of Richard II with David Tennant to more than 370 UK cinemas and which was also seen in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Other adaptations he has produced include Richard II (1997) with Fiona Shaw; Gloriana – A Film (1999), directed by Phyllida Lloyd; Macbeth (2000), with Antony Sher and Harriet Walter. John’s monograph, The Royal Shakespeare Company on Screen: A Critical History, was published in 2019. He has written many articles and book chapters on adaptations, theatre plays, arts documentaries, and related topics. From 2011-15 John led the AHRC-funded research project Screen Plays: Theatre Plays on Television, which created an open access database of British television productions of plays originally written for the theatre since 1936.
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