Murray Watts has written many stage plays, which include the award-winning The Fatherland produced by Bush Theatre at Riverside Studios in 1989 (which he later adapted as The Monday Play for BBC Radio 4). His work has appeared on the London fringe and Trafalgar Studios in the West End, the Edinburgh Festival and major theatres throughout the UK over the last forty years. Recent plays include Mr Darwin’s Tree and First Light both performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on the London Fringe and The Kiss which was premiered at the Oran Mor theatre in Glasgow.
The King’s Head Theatre in London staged a season of four of his plays, throughout January 2012, including Mr. Darwin’s Tree. Mr. Darwin’s Tree was originally commissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and was premiered in Westminster Abbey. The play has been performed in many countries, including China, South Korea, and throughout the US. Mr. Darwin’s Tree returns to the US for a tour in the fall of 2019.