Mark Ravenhill

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Mark Ravenhill
Mark Ravenhill (born 1966) is a playwright, actor and journalist.

He grew up in West Sussex and studied English and Drama at Bristol University.

In the mid-1990s, Ravenhill was diagnosed as HIV+, his partner of the early 1990s having died from AIDS.[1]

His plays include Shopping and Fucking (1996) and Mother Clap's Molly House (2001).

n 2009 he presented a staged reading of A Life In Three Acts, transcripts of conversations with Bette Bourne, at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

In 2012, Mark Ravenhill became the Royal Shakespeare Company's Writer in Residence.[2] The same year, he was commissioned by the London Gay Men's Chorus for a piece to mark the choir's 21st anniversary. With the music composed by the Irish composer Conor Mitchell, the piece, entitled Shadow Time, explores the evolution of mentalities in respect of homosexuality in the lifetime of the Chorus.[3]

He co-authored the ITV1 sit-com Vicious with the American writer Gary Janetti, known for Will and Grace.


  1. Mark Ravenhill, "My near death period" The Guardian, March 2008
  2. "Mark Ravenhill lands Royal Shakespeare Company role" BBC News30 November 2011}}
  3. "London Gay Men's Chorus turns 21]", The Guardian, 3 May 2012.