- (1935 - ) British playwright, whose works expressa strong socialist commitment. Several of Griffiths's early one-actplays were presented by the 7:84 Company, while his first full-lengthwork, Occupations, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Companyin 1970. Among his better-known works are The Party (1973),a dramatized political debate first seen at the National Theatre withLaurence Olivier in the lead, and Comedians (1975), whichexplores the political implications of humour. In 1978 he collaborated with Howard Brenton, David Hare, and Ken Campbell on Deeds (1978). Subsequent work for the stage has been much more sporadic. The Gulf Between Us (1992), a dream-like fantasy inspired by the Gulf War,was Griffith's first wholly original work for the theater for 17 years.A similar interval then elapsed before Shakespeare's Globe staged A New World: A New Life of Thomas Paine (2009). He is currently said to be working on a stage play about the great Lancashire comedian Frank Randle (1901 - 57).
Griffiths's numerous works for television and the cinema includea dramatization of D. H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers and theseries Bill Brand (1976), about a maverick Labour MP.