by Russell Raintree
             by  Russell Raintree



Playwright Russell Raintree was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. He began writing in 1985 and after sending his first play 'Stranger On A First Night' to the BBC, Russell was invited to London by Tony Dinner, Head of the BBC Scripts Department, who strongly encouraged him to 'Get The Play Staged' and take up writing as a full time career. This sentiment was echoed shortly afterwards by London Literary Agents Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay & Rod Hall. 


After reading this play, Rod Hall, then at A.P. Watt Ltd telephoned Russell and invited him to London where  Rod offered him immediate representation! Unfortunately, due to some personal indifferences and much to his regret, Russell was unable to take up Rod's offer of representation.!   


  Following his disappointment Russell decided to go it alone and  stage the play himself.  His highly acclaimed first play 'Stranger On A First Night' had it's Premiere at The Leeds Civic Theatre in July 1986, followed in Feb 1989 by his second play 'At Fort Felix' again at The Leeds Civic Theatre, where it played to packed houses. 

After the successful Premiere of his most recent play 'The Puppet Man' at The Carriageworks Leeds in November 2008, Russell is  planning to take it on Tour locally around Yorkshire then to the North East and eventually London's West End! He's then going to concentrate on bringing more of his own work to the stage and indeed screen and has several interesting projects lined up for the near future, including an exciting New Musical.


     Russell has written several more stage plays, including 'Writings On The Wall', 'The Final Accolade', 'At FortFelix'  and has recently completed a screenplay for an exciting 4-6 part Film/TV drama entitled 'The Candle Still Burns'. 


Russell is now looking for a Literary Agent to represent him and help market all his works, If you are interested please do get in touch, Russell would love to hear from you!


                   To Contact Russell e-mail:   russell 

                                    Or just give him a call on 07702 166655



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'THE PUPPET MAN' by Russell Raintree