1947 – Born in Sussex on the 5th of June.
– Educated at Lancing College and at Jesus College, Cambridge.
1970 – His first play, Slag, was produced.
1973 – He was appointed resident dramatist to the Nottingham Playhouse, a major provincial theatre.
1975 – He helped found the Joint Stock Theatre Company.
1998 – He was knighted.
– He is married to the Algerian fashion designer Nicole Farhi.