Writer and Lyricist

Jake Brunger

Jake Brunger grew up in Nottingham and now lives in London. His debut feature film LOVE SARAH starring Celia Imrie, Bill Paterson and Rupert Penry-Jones premiered at the 2020 Glasgow Film Festival. Upon its theatrical release in June 2020 - one of the first films to be released in cinemas worldwide following coronavirus - reached #1 at the New Zealand Box Office and #4 at the Australian Box Office. The UK DVD release went to #1 on the Amazon rom-com chart.


His stage musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 - nominated for the 2017 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical - ran for a 16-week summer season at the Ambassadors Theatre in London's West End from June 2019 following previous successful runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and Leicester Curve. The Original London Cast Recording is available on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music.


Jake was selected for the 2016/17 BBC TV Drama Writers' Programme and was named as one of the upcoming screenwriters-to-watch on the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist. He is currently working on numerous film and TV script commissions including an adaptation of Marc Levy's bestselling novel P.S. FROM PARIS for Blueprint Pictures/Studiocanal and an original screenplay called CITIZENS, also for Studiocanal. He has various ongoing musical theatre projects in development with his long-term collaborator composer Pippa Cleary (see www.brungerandcleary.co.uk) and he is also writing the book for a new jukebox musical for Paul Blake, producer of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. In 2019 Jake wrote five episodes for the third season of the Emmy-nominated Norwegian series ELIAS for Animando and he is currently writing a new animated short for producer Sigurd Slåttebrek in assocation with the Norwegian Philharmonic Orchestra.


Jake's stage play FOUR PLAY - first seen at the Old Vic New Voices Festival at the Old Vic Theatre in June 2015 starring Jeremy Irvine and Richard Madden - completed a sell-out four-week run at Theatre 503 in March 2016 and is published by Nick Hern Books, with the US premiere in LA in early 2018. It is now regularly performed and revived around the UK.


His other stage work includes: RED RIDING HOOD, TREASURE ISLAND and CHICKEN LITTLE for Singapore Repertory Theatre, PRODIGY for National Youth Music Theatre (Original Cast Recordnng available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon), SAM'S GAME (Nottingham Playhouse, directed by Indhu Rubasingham), JET SET GO! (Edinburgh, Theatre 503, Jermyn Street Theatre; licensed by MTI), THE GREAT BRITISH SOAP OPERA (Edinburgh, Jermyn Street Theatre), PUB QUIZ (Manchester Royal Exchange, which he also directed), PEOPLE LIKE US (Old Vic New Voices / Vineyard Theatre, New York), 'AVE IT (Old Vic Tunnels), A SONG CYCLE FOR SOHO (Soho Theatre; Original Cast Recording available on Spotify), CHAVS (Lyric Hammersmith Studio; adapted from the book by Owen Jones), BRAVE NEW WORLDS (Nabokov Theatre / Soho Theatre), PEOPLE LIKE US (Pleasance Theatre), the lyrics for THE SNOW GORILLA (Rose Theatre, Kingston) and an original monologue AN ACCOUNTANT TALKS US THROUGH HIS SARTORIAL CHOICES for Old Vic Connect in August 2018, directed by Sita Thomas.


His adaptation of RED RIDING HOOD has been produced all over the world, with productions in Doha, Bahrain, Texas, Mexico City (in a Spanish language translation), Edinburgh Festival, London's Pleasance Theatre and a Mandarin language translation at Singapore Rep in July 2017 which played a sell-out six-week run. Both TREASURE ISLAND and CHICKEN LITTLE - which was due to be revived in a Mandarin language producton at Singapore Rep in 2020; currently on hold due to coronavirus - were nominated for Singapore Life Theatre Awards.


Jake was Associate Director on BARKING IN ESSEX (West End) starring Lee Evans, Keeley Hawes and Sheila Hancock and Assistant Director on CALENDAR GIRLS (UK Tour and West End) and DEATHTRAP starring Simon Russell Beale, Claire Skinner and Jonathan Groff (West End). He assisted Barry Humphries on the workshop for Dame Edna's Broadway show ALL ABOUT ME.


Jake read Drama at Bristol University. He is a graduate of the Royal Court Theatre's "Supergroup" of writers and after graduating worked for two years developing new work as Literary Associate for David Pugh Ltd (producers of GOD OF CARNAGE, ART and Kneehigh's BRIEF ENCOUNTER). He is represented by Harriet Pennington Legh at Lark Management and is an Associate Artist of Leicester Curve.  


Jeremy Irvine and Richard Madden in FOUR PLAY - Old Vic Theatre, June 2015. Photo: Jack Sain

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- Old Vic Connect - August 2018

Sephora Parish in Prodigy copy

Sephora Parish in PRODIGY - National Youth Music Theatre at St James Theatre - August 2015