For two decades Robin Hawdon was a successful actor, whilst plying a parallel trade as a playwright. In his early twenties his face became well known to British television viewers through regular appearances in such series as ‘Play For Today’, ‘Compact’, ‘Flying Swan’, ‘Robin’s Nest’, etc.
On stage Robin Hawdon was seen in several leading roles in London’s West End, and also played a number of classical leads around the country, such as Hamlet, Henry V and Henry Higgins in ‘Pygmalion’. He stopped acting in 1980 to concentrate on his writing and directing careers.
Robin Hawdon – The Playwright
As a writer his early plays BARN DANCE, THE SECRET and THE HERO were seen at such venues as the Hampstead Theatre and the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals. His first major commercial success, THE MATING GAME achieved a long run at London’s Apollo Theatre, and has subsequently played in over thirty countries around the world.
This was followed by other much performed and published plays such as BIRTHDAY SUITE, REVENGE, DON’T ROCK THE BOAT and PERFECT WEDDING, and the huge success of DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER.
‘Don’t Dress For Dinner’ (based loosely on an early French play by Marc Camoletti) ran in the West End for six years, and has played all over America, Australia, Canada and the English speaking world.
More recently his play GOD AND STEPHEN HAWKING, about the phenomenal advance of modern science and its effect on traditional philosophical thinking, caused something of a stir in the national press when Stephen Hawking himself took objection to being portrayed on stage, despite the fact that the play was seen by most people as a tribute to his extraordinary life and career.
That play is published by Josef Weinberger.
Robin Hawdon – The Director
Robin Hawdon has also directed a number of stage productions, and in the nineteen eighties founded the Bath Fringe festival, and subsequently became Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, England’s premier touring theatre.
His first novel A RUSTLE IN THE GRASS was published by Hutchinsons in 1984 by Dodd Mead in the US, and sold some sixty thousand copies. This book is newly republished by Thistle.
His second book THE JOURNEY was published by Hawthorn in 2002. A third novel, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, is published by SBPRA.
A new book of children’s poems – Charley Poon’s Pomes – released late 2017, is now available on Amazon.
Robin’s wife of over forty years, Sheila, is a psychotherapist and writer. They have two daughters, four grand children, and homes in Bath, the South of France and Australia.