Power, Ben

Ben Power has been associate director and dramaturg at the National Theatre since 2010. From 2006 to 2010, he was the associate director of the theatre group Headlong. He is best known for his adaptation of The Lehman Trilogy in 2017, with Sam Mendes directing at the Lyttleton stage. Power specialises in adaptation, having adapted The Hollow Crown (2012), a number of Shakespeare’s history plays for TV (BBC), as well as Husbands and Sons from D.H. Lawrence for the National Theatre in 2015. He frequently works with director Rupert Goold. His best known play is A Tender Thing (RSC, 2009), and he also created the experimental sound piece, The Hush (2013), at the National.


—. with Rupert Goold. Faustus. London: Nick Hern Books, 2007.

—. with Rupert Goold. Six Characters in Search of an Author. London: Nick Hern Books, 2008.

—. A Tender Thing. London: Nick Hern Books, 2009.

—. Emperor and Galilean. London: Nick Hern Books, 2011.

—. Medea. London: Faber and Faber, 2014.

—. Husbands and Sons. London: Faber and Faber, 2015.