From an early age Ron Hart displayed a gift for writing, but on leaving school at 14 took a job in the City, subsequently setting up his own business.
Although established in the insurance world, he continued to write throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Early plays performed in London include THREE DUETS (Little Theatre Club, St Martins Lane) and Table Service (Act Inn, London). His work included the screenplay for the John Berger film A Fortunate Man. His play BOOK DEPOSITORY BLUES was winner of the Oxford University Experimental Drama Award. It was only when his play Lunch Girls won the Verity Bargate award in 1982 that recognition came.
Lunch Girls dealt with the lives of four middle-class British women, but struck a chord with audiences around the world. The comedy was translated into many different languages, with productions across the globe including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Jerusalem and Bombay as well as at the National Theatre, London, and a national tour starring Sylvia Syms. It continues to be performed, with the latest version being staged in Poland. It is published by Methuen in Theatre Script Series No.15.
Hart based some of his work on personal experience of working in the City of London, writing City Gents, which premiered in Edinburgh, and the farce Changing Places, which was performed at Midland Arts. Both plays were staged by the film director Jonathan Glazer.
Having missed out on a formal education earlier in his life, Hart also gained a Masters in English from the University of Birmingham in 1992 under his tutor and fellow playwright David Edgar.
The new millennium saw a number of new plays from Hart including the critically acclaimed Men On Fire – The Alma Mahler Story which premiered at the Kings Head Theatre in London before being staged in Athens, with iconic Greek actress Zoe Laskari in the title role.
Ron Hart’s most recent plays were The Latecomers, What is is? – a fictional account of a meeting between the Nazi sympathiser and philosopher Heidegger, the Jewish poet Paul Celan and Hannah Arendt – and Boys Club, which was showcased at the Soho Theatre. Ron Hart’s plays are published in eastern europe by DIALOG of Warsaw.