David Hare was born in Bexhill, England, on June 5, 1947, the son of Clifford Theodore Rippon and the former Agnes Gillmour, his wife. Hare was first educated at Lancing College (among his classmates were future playwright Christopher Hampton and lyricist Tim Rice) before going on to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he earned a master’s degree, with honors, in 1968. Hare began writing plays at the age of twenty-two. In 1970, his first full-length play, Slag, about three women teachers locked in a power struggle over a failing English boarding school, won for him the Most Promising Playwright Award granted by the Evening Standard, even though the play was not favorably received by some feminists, who considered the playwright to be sexist; others went so far as to call him a misogynist. The New York Times drama critic Clive Barnes described Slag as a metaphor for the decline of English society, following Hare’s suggestion that the play was not so much about women as institutions. Also in 1970, Hare married Margaret Matheson, a marriage that produced three children before ending in divorce in 1980. In 1992, he married Nicole Farhi, a designer.
From the beginning of his theatrical career in 1968 when he cofounded the Portable Theatre (with Howard Brenton and Snoo Wilson), an experimental troupe that toured Great Britain, Hare demonstrated an interest in creative dramatic collaboration and in theatrical direction, as...
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