Alistair Beaton’s work spans theatre, television, radio and publishing. He was born in Glasgow and educated at the Universities of Edinburgh, Bocham & Moscow (graduating with First Class Honours in Russian and German).
Previously at Chichester, he revised George Tabori’s version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Minerva Theatre and Duchess Theatre West End) and translated and adapted The Government Inspector (Festival Theatre).
Other Theatre includes Play Strindberg (translation. Ustinov Studio Theatre Royal Bath), Caledonia (Kings Theatre/Edinburgh International Festival), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (translation. Shared Experience), The Arsonists (translation. Royal Court Theatre), King of Hearts (Out of Joint/Hampstead Theatre/Sonia Friedman Productions), Follow My Leader (Birmingham Rep and Hampstead Theatre), Feelgood (Hampstead Theatre, Garrick Theatre West End. Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Olivier Award nomination for Best Play), La Vie Parisienne (translation) and Die Fledermaus (translation) (D’Oyly Carte), The Nose (translation/adaptation. Nottingham Playhouse.) With Ned Sherrin he wrote The Metropolitan Mikado (Queen Elizabeth Hall/Festival Hall) and The Ratepayers’ Iolanthe (Queen Elizabeth Hall/Phoenix Theatre West End).
Television work includes The Trial of Tony Blair (BAFTA nomination for Best Single Film), A Very Social Secretary (Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama), Downwardly Mobile, Spitting Image, Minder and Not the Nine O’Clock News.
He has written and presented a number of programmes for radio most notably Electric Ink, Fourth Column, The Beaton Generation, Dome Alone with Alistair Beaton and Little England Big World.
Books and publications include A Planet for the President, The Little Book of Management Bollocks, The Little Book of New Labour Bollocks, The Little Book of Complete Bollocks, Drop the Dead Donkey and The Thatcher Papers.