David Edgar was born in Birmingham on 26 February 1948. He was educated at Oundle School and read Drama at Manchester University. After a short career in journalism, he took up writing full-time in 1972. His plays include The National Interest (1971), Excuses Excuses (1972), Dick Deterred (1974), Saigon Rose (1976), Wreckers (1977), Mary Barnes (1978) and Entertaining Strangers (1986). His plays written for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Destiny (1976), The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (1978), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1980), Maydays (1983), The Shape of the Table (1990), and Pentecost (1994). More recent plays include Albert Speer (2000), The Prisoner's Dilemma (2001), Playing With Fire (2005) and Testing The Echo (2008). In 2007, he wrote the romantic comedy, A Time To Keep, with his wife the dramatist, Stephanie Dale. He was Resident Playwright at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1974-5 (Board Member from 1985), Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds Polytechnic, Bicentennial Arts Fellow (US) (1978-9) and was Literary Consultant for the RSC (1984-8, Honorary Associate Artist, 1989). He founded the University of Birmingham's MA in Playwriting Studies in 1989 and was its director until 1999. He was appointed Professor of Playwriting Studies in 1995. His latest works are Arthur and George (2010), based on the novel by Julian Barnes, and The Master Builder (2010), a new version of Ibsen's classic.