May 1945: victory in Europe and a Labour landslide in the UK. English traitor John Amery is arrested in Italy and brought back to London for trial. If convicted, he faces the death penalty. But his father is a senior politician. Surely the Establishment will look after its own. Based on an extraordinary true story, "An English Tragedy" is a disturbing tale of wartime treason and conflicting loyalties by Ronald Harwood, author of the "OscarA"[registered] winning screenplay for "The Pianist", and stage plays including "The Dresser", "Taking Sides" and "Quartet". "An English Tragedy" premiered at Watford Palace Theatre in February, 2008.
Ronald Harwood came to England from South Africa in 1951 and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was an actor for seven years, and began writing in 1960. Since then he has written numerous plays for the stage, including 'After the Lions', 'Tramway Road', 'Interpreters', 'Another Time', 'Quartet', 'Equally Divided' and 'Mahler's Conversion', and an adaptation of Chekhov's 'Ivanov'. He also wrote the screenplay for the film of his West End and Broadway hit, The Dresser, which received five Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Screenplay, and the screenplay for The Pianist, the Palme d'Or-winning movie directed by Roman Polanski.