Nick Dear is an English writer for stage, screen and radio. He received a BAFTA for his first screenwriting credit, a TV adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion.\nDear graduated with a degree in Comparative European Literature from the University of Essex in 1977.\nDear’s plays include Power and The Villains’ Opera at the National Theatre; The Art of Success, Zenobia and Pure Science for the RSC; In the Ruins at Bristol Old Vic and Royal Court, London; and Food of Love at the Almeida. Adaptations include Gorky’s Summerfolk and Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at the National; Tirso de Molina’s The Last Days of Don Juan at the Royal Shakespeare Company; Arbuzov’s The Promise at the Tricycle; Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw at Bristol Old Vic; and Ostrovsky’s A Family Affair for Cheek by Jowl. Dear's screenplays include Persuasion, The Gambler, The Turn of the Screw, Cinderella, Byron, Eroica and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Opera libretti include The Palace in the Sky at Hackney Empire and Siren Song at the Almeida.\nIn 2005, Lunch in Venice appeared at the Shell Connections festival at the National Theatre. His plays Power, and Summerfolk both premiered at the same venue.