Fled Czechoslovakia with mother to live in Singapore because of Jewish heritage
Moved with mother and brother to India
After mother's remarriage, family settled in Bristol, England
Worked as journalist for <i>Western Daily Press</i> in Bristol, England
Wrote for the Bristol <i>Evening World</i>
Was a freelance reporter
Briefly associated with <i>Scene</i>, a satirical magazine conceived by Peter Cook
First play performed on British TV, "A Walk on Water"
Wrote first radio play, "The Dissolution of Dominic Boot"
First produced stage play, "The Gamblers" at Bristol's Old Vic Theatre
Breakthrough stage work, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"; produced in both London and NYC; earned first Tony Award for Best Play
First London production of "The Real Inspector Hound"; performed as part of a 1972 double-bill with his "After Magritte" in NYC
Wrote screenplay for 44-minute film "The Engagement"
Debuted as stage director with British production of "Born Yesterday"
Had successful productions of "Travesties" in London and NYC; earned second Tony Award for Best Play
First feature screenplay, Joseph Losey's "The Romantic Englishwoman"; co-wrote with Thomas Wiseman from Wiseman's novel
Adapted the screenplay for "Despair" from the work by Vladimir Nabokov
Adapted Graham Greene's novel "The Human Factor" for the screen; last film directed by Otto Preminger
Picked up third Best Play Tony for "The Real Thing"
Received Oscar nomination for his contributions to the screenplay of "Brazil," co-written with Terry Gilliam and Charles McKeown
Adapted J.G. Ballard's novel "Empire of the Sun" for the screen; directed by Steven Spielberg
Feature directorial debut, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"
Using the language of his birth, translated Vaclav Havel's "Largo Desolato"
Adapted John Le Carre's novel "The Russia House" for the screen
Scripted Robert Benton's "Billy Bathgate"; adapted from the E.L. Doctorow novel
First production of "Arcadia" in London
NYC production of "Arcadia"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Wrote stage play "The Invention of Love" based on the life of English poet and classical scholar A. E. Housman
Adapted Robert Parker's "Poodle Springs" as an HBO movie directed by Bob Rafelson
Co-wrote award-winning screenplay "Shakespeare in Love"
Reportedly did uncredited rewrite on Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"
Contributed English translation of the script for the period drama "Vatel"; screened at Cannes
Penned the WWII-era spy drama "Enigma"; screened at Sundance
"The Invention of Love" opened on Broadway; earned a Tony nomination
Penned the trilogy "The Coast of Utopia," which focused on the philosophical debates in pre-revolutionary Russia between 1833 and 1866; plays entitled <i>Voyage</i>, <i>Shipwreck</i>, and <i>Salvage</i>, and totaled nine hours in length
Opened trilogy "The Coast of Utopia" on Broadway
Premiered play "Rock 'n' Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre
Reportedly did uncredited rewrite on "The Bourne Ultimatum," a film based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling novel
Saw NYC opening of "Rock 'n' Roll"; earned Tony nomination for Best Play
Returned to feature writing with adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley