Serge Cartwright

Agent:  Conrad Williams

Biography: After university Serge became a television journalist in London and then immediately went to Moscow to work for 'Russia Today', an English-language TV station backed by the Kremlin. This experience formed the basis of his play MOSCOW LIVE, which was produced by HighTide in 2010 and went on to be shortlisted for the prestigious John Whiting Award.

Serge has since moved back to London, where he continues to work as a broadcast journalist for the Associated Press and Sky News. Serge's most recent play, THE MATTER IN HAND, was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize, Britain's biggest award for playwriting.



  • AFTER THE PARTY (Original play commissioned for performance in August 2012 by the Criterion Theatre, director Sam Hodges)


'For play that is just under an hour long, it speaks volumes...' - A Modern Spectator Blog

'Cartwright writes in a spirit of impromptu reaction to the games, giving a low life, Ben Jonsonian alternative to the background drone of David Cameron triumphalism…' - Michael Coveny, What's On Stage

'…it's consistently funny, emotionally on the button…' - Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

'…lovely moments of daftness…' - Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

'Wickedly funny and surprisingly touching, this is a great new piece that deserves further outings…Plenty of excellent gags, from one-liners to visuals, pepper the piece, and yet don't get in the way of some genuinely touching moments…' - Chris Hislop, One Stop Arts

  • THE MATTER IN HAND (Workshop. Directed by Sam Hodges. 2011)
  • MOSCOW LIVE (produced as part of HighTide's 2010 Festival at the Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk. Directed by Jonathan Humphreys, dramaturg Sebastian Born, at the National Theatre)

Praise for MOSCOW LIVE: 

Shortlisted for the John Whiting Award

'Serge Cartwright's excellent debut is a thoughtful, intelligent exposé of the conflict between truth and modern news reporting.' - Hugh Gatenby

'A fast, funny but deadly serious look at how truth and news are rarely the same thing, and how individual motives interfere with both.' - artsHub

  • WHO'S AFRAID OF EDWARD ALBEE? (Rehearsed reading at Theatre 503, directed by James Rogan. 2009)