Caroline Summerfield

I am a playwright and a novelist and originally trained as a lawyer and practiced as a solicitor in the City at leading international law firms with many years at partner level. My area of practice brought me into contact with the theatre world and led me to meet the late WGGB member Olwen Wymark, who encouraged me to become a playwright.  We both served as trustees of the New Playwrights' Trust.

When the opportunity arose to leave the City, I became a full-time writer, studying for my Masters in Research in Playwriting at the University of Birmingham, being long-listed for the Bruntwood Playwriting Competition with my thesis play in 2016, then founding the Writers' and Directors' Workshop, followed by the rural theatre company, Natura Contemporary Theatre, based in North Gloucestershire.  In addition to being long and shortlisted for several national competitions, I was a finalist for the Terance Rattigan Playwrights' Award.

My stage plays have been produced in many theatres, including, 'Chasing Ibsen' Jermyn Street Theatre London, 'The Manuscript' Finborough Theatre, 'The Tree Charter Tapestry' Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and 'Jane Austen & The Cheltonians' Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Churchill Theatre Bromley London.

I responded to the onset of COVID and the closure of UK Theatres in March 2020 by switching the focus of my work from the theatre to writing for radio and co-wrote 'The Gardening Times', broadcasted daily on weekdays September 2020 to July 2021 for Internet  Radio Broadcaster, BHBN.  I am continuing to work on future radio drama projects with BHBN.

My first novel 'Letters of Junius' was long listed for the Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award. I am currently working on a trilogy of historical novels.

Following a successful tour of 'Jane Austen & The Cheltonians' in 2020 and 2021, this play has been nominated for the 29th Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award - Best Stage Play.   An extract from the play appears below.

South West (Wessex)

  • The Garden Times & More Gardening Times (Radio Drama) - BHBN :

  • Jane Austen and The Cheltonians - Bath Jane Austen Festival 2021

  •  Jane Austen and The Cheltonians - Churchill Theatre Bromley

  • Jane Austen and The Cheltonians - Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

  • Jane Austen and The Cheltonians - 7th Stroud Theatre Festival

  • Jane Austen and The Cheltonians - Anthology Extended Literary                             Festival

  • Myself and Other Parts - Christmas Play Holst Museum Cheltenham

  • Myself and Other Parts - Christmas Play The Suffolk Anthology

  • An Honest Politician - 6th Stroud Theatre Festival Old Town Hall

  • The Tree Charter Tapestry - Canwood Open-Air Theatre Herefordshire

  • The Tree Charter Tapestry - Everyman Cheltenham Studio Theatre

  • The Cycle of the White Rose, Worcester Arts Workshop Theatre

  • Four Characters Having Fun?, Birmingham Rep DOOR Studio

  • The French Cook, The Hanbury Arms, Islington, London

  • The Claim, Hampstead Theatre for Start Nights Showcase, London

  • Chasing Ibsen, West End Studio Theatre- Jermyn Street Theatre

  • An Honest Politician, National Portrait Gallery Ondaatje Theatre

  • A Berlin Christmas, (re-titled The Claim) Gatehouse Theatre London

  • Letters of Junius, Bridewell Theatre, London

  • Myself and Other Parts, Man in the Moon Theatre, Chelsea

  • The Manuscript, Finborough Theatre

Books, Radio, Theatre


Jane: A woman in need of a husband but not in need. As you say a woman of means and mistress of her own fortune. I shall cast myself as Emma, who finding myself a little bored and with temptation in my way does feel the overwhelming need to meddle and with that let all events unfold. For Emma shall believe that she has found in Cheltenham the curative effect for Eloisa. The wit being that you are not ailing at all, but are in fact mistress of your own situation and have arrived here in Cheltenham for a clandestine meeting with your newly belove'd with whom you are already secretly engaged. Thus whilst Cheltenham with its spas shall be suppose'sed for the curative effect for what ails you, it shall be the society of Cheltenham in my new novel which shall indeed offer you such a cure. And thus shall Cheltenham be as well-known as a destination for its spas as it shall be for its matchmaking!