Duncan Macmillan is an English playwright and director. Most of his work focuses on modern socio-political issues.
Macmillan won two awards in the inaugural year of the Brentwood Playwriting Competition at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre for his play, Monster. Monster also received nominations for the TMA and Manchester Evening News Awards for Best New Play.
Lungs, an exploration of Parenthood, premiered at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC. The British production, starring Kate O'Flynn and directed by Richard Wilson, debuted on the West End and won the 2013 Off West End Award for Best New Play. It has since been produced all over the world.
His next play, People, Places and Things opened at the National Theatre in co-production with Headlong Theatre Company in 2015. The play centers around one woman's experience with addiction and attempts at recovery. The show was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Play and Denise Gough won the Olivier for Best Actress. It transferred to the Wyndham Theatre in the West End in 2016 and premiered in New York City at St. Ann's Warehouse in 2017.
Every Brilliant Thing, an interactive monologue, was performed for three years at the Edinburgh Festivals and has toured worldwide. It was filmed by HBO during its run at the Barrow Street Theatre in New York City.
Macmillan co-adapted and co-directed an adaptation of George Orwell's 1984 with Robert Icke. 1984 opened at the Almeida Theatre before enjoying three West End stagings, multiple UK tours, an international tour, and a Broadway run. Macmillan and Icke were awarded the UK Theatre Best Director Award together.