David Hare was born in Bexhill, East Sussex on 5 June 1947. His plays include Knuckle, winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; Fanshen, based on the book by William Hinton; Plenty, a portrait of disillusionment in post-war Britain, first staged at the National Theatre in London; Pravda: A Fleet Street Comedy, an attack on the English press written with Howard Brenton; The Secret Rapture; the trilogy Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges, and The Absence of War, about three British institutions: the Anglican church, the legal system and the Labour party; Skylight; Amy's View; and The Judas Kiss.
His film work includes the screenplay for the screen adaptation of Plenty in 1985, and he wrote and directed the films Wetherby, Paris by Night and Strapless. His book, Obedience, Struggle and Revolt, is a collection of lectures about politics and art. His papers were acquired by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin in 1993. His most recent works are the plays, Gethsemane and The Power of Yes, and the screenplay for the film of The Corrections, based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen. He lives in London.