Daniel Rosenthal

Daniel Rosenthal

Article, Author of books, Journalist, Non-fiction

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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Interview, Commission a book


Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Further Education, University, Adult


Drama, Journalism, Narrative non-fiction, Non-Fiction, Stage/Screen

Book types

Alphabet, Non-fiction for adults


  • Winner of The Theatre Book Prize 2014 - "The National Theatre Story"
  • Shortlisted for The Theatre Book Prize 2019 - "Dramatic Exchanges"


  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • Dramaturgs' Network (Board Member)
  • Society of Authors


Daniel is the author of Shakespeare on Screen and 100 Shakespeare Films (“a lively and thoughtful guide to the many possibilities of cinematic transformation.” – Times Educational Supplement).

Since 2001, he has given hundreds of illustrated talks on the screen adaptation of Shakespeare, for GCSE and A-level students, drama, film and literary societies and adult continuing education groups, regularly visiting schools and colleges across the UK. 

His talks can have a general focus for larger audiences, or concentrate solely on screen adaptations of whichever Shakespeare play pupils are studying for GCSE or A-Level.

Via digital projector, Daniel compares and explores multiple interpretations of key Shakespeare scenes, using clips from original-text films and ‘genre adaptations’ (e.g. Forbidden Planet10 Things I Hate About You).

Teacher Testimonials

“Thank you so much for coming to visit us again. As ever, our 6th formers found your presentation and subject material hugely informative and entertaining. I know that many of our English students have been inspired to search out some of the films that you featured.” – Head of General Studies, St Albans School

“Thank you for a delivering such a fascinating talk. The feedback from pupils and staff has been excellent; you hit just the right note and the focus on Macbeth made it accessible to everyone.” – Head of English, Stowe

History of The National Theatre 

Daniel also gives illustrated talks on the history of Britain’s National Theatre. His The National Theatre Story (2013) won the STR Theatre Book Prize and his follow-up, Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre (2018) was greeted as “the best book on the performing arts in years” (Daily Mail).


Daniel loves chairing onstage and online interviews with film, theatre and TV practitioners. He has chaired more than 100 onstage Q&As and panel discussions for the National Theatre, BAFTA, the RSC, national and international film festivals, interviewing the likes of Mike Leigh, Helen Mirren, Tom Stoppard and Christopher Walken.


Books by Daniel Rosenthal

I have written two books on screen adaptations of Shakespeare, "Shakespeare on Screen" (2000) and "100 Shakespeare Films" (2007), and given hundreds of illustrated talks on this subject at schools and colleges across the UK. I also specialise in the history of London's National Theatre, having written "The National Theatre Story" (2013), an award-winning 50th anniversary biography of the NT, and edited "Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre" (2018), a collection of correspondence, described by the "Daily Mail" as "the best book on the performing arts in years".
100 Shakespeare Films

100 Shakespeare Films

Lively and wide-ranging guide to a century of Shakespearean cinema. 
The National Theatre Story

The National Theatre Story

"The best book on theatre published in living memory." – British Theatre Guide 
Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre

Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre

Acclaimed collection of corresondence between actors, directors and playwrights.