Mike Kenny

Play(s) in the PYA Catalog

> Aesop’s Fables
> Bag Dancing
> Beauty and the Beast (Kenny)
> Beauty and the Beast (Kenny) (Musical)
> Big Sister, Little Brother
> Boy with a Suitcase
> Cinderella (Kenny)
> Cinderella’s Sisters
> Cloud Pictures
> Diary of an Action Man
> The Elves and the Shoemakers
> The Gardener
> Gentle Giant
> Hansel and Gretel (Kenny)
> Jack
> The Little Mermaid (Kenny)
> The Lost Child
> Mad Meg
> One Dark Night
> The Railway Children
> Rumpelstiltskin
> Sink or Swim
> The Snow Queen (Kenny)
> The Song from the Sea
> Stepping on Cracks
> Stepping Stones
> Stuck
> Treasure Island (Kenny)
> Trouble
> Visiting Grandad
> Walking the Tightrope
> Whiter Than Snow
> Zagazoo
> Scarecrow
> Electric Darkness
> The Wind in the Willows (Kenny)
> Rapunzel
> Murder of Crows, A
> Red Riding Hood
> Sleeping Beauty (Kenny)


Mike Kenny is one of the England’s leading writers, specializing in young people’s theatre. He is the recipient of numerous awards, was included in the Independent on Sunday’s list of Top Ten Living UK Playwrights and his plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world. In 2013 he was given an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Nottingham University, England.


  • Arts Council of England – first ever recipient of The Children’s Award for playwriting for children (2000)
  • Cinderella: 2013 Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Musical Theatre Production and 6 other awards by Young People’s Theatre
  • Diary of an Action Man: Best Children’s Play (Time Out Critics Choice)
  • Electric Darkness: Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Best Children’s Play Award, Winner of the 2012 Kindertearpreis, Moliere Award (nominee)
  • Flags and Bandages: Best Children’s Play (British Theatre Institute)
  • The Gardener: shortlisted for Deutschen Kindertheaterpreis
  • The Last Freak Show: Edinburgh Festival Pick of the Fringe Manchester Evening News nom. Best Fringe Show
  • Mind the Gap: Barclays TMA Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre (2002)
  • The Railway Children: Olivier Award for Best Entertainment 2012, Dora Mavor Audience Award 2012
  • Scarecrow: Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Best Children’s Play Award (short list)
  • Sink or Swim: Best Children’s Play (Time Out)
  • Stepping Stones: Best Children’s Play (Writers’ Guild of Great Britain)
  • Stuck: short listed for Writer’s Guild Best Children’s Play
  • Walking the Tightrope: 2009 Dora Mavor Award for Theatre Direct’s Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance for Theatre for Young Audiences
Mike Kenny