It’s been confirmed that British playwright Peter Nichols has died this weekend, aged 92.
Nichols was born and grew up in Bristol, where he trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before travelling to India, Malaya and Hong Kong. Nichols then settled in London to become an actor and writer.
Amongst his most famous plays were A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, PRIVATES ON PARADE, PASSION PLAY and THE NATIONAL HEALTH, all of which are frequently revived in the UK.
Over the course of Nichol’s career, he was awarded four Evening Standard Awards, a Society of West End Theatres Award for Best Comedy and Best Musical, and two Ivor Novello Best Musical Awards. In 2018, Nichols was awarded a CBE for his services to drama.
Nichols died on 7th September 2019, survived by his wife and three children.
Nichol’s arguably most famous play, A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, is due to be revived at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios this month, with a cast featuring Toby Stephens, Claire Skinner and Patricia Hodge.