About Juliet

Juliet Gilkes Romero

Juliet Gilkes Romero is an award winning writer for stage and screen.  She is Writer in Residence at the National Theatre 2022/2023 attached to the New Works Department. Juliet is the recipient of the Alfred Fagon award for Best New Play 2020, the Roland Rees Bursary 2019, named in honour of the co-founder of the Alfred Fagon Award, and the BBC World Service Alexander Onassis Research Bursary.

Her plays include; The Gift a retelling of Medea filmed for Jermyn Street Theatre’s 15 Heroines of Greek Tragedy season 2020, The Whip performed at the RSC’s Swan Theatre 2020,  Day of The Living performed at The Other Place as part of RSC’s Mischief Festival 2018, Upper Cut at the Southwark Playhouse 2015, At The Gates of Gaza, Birmingham Repertory Theatre & tour, winner of the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Best Play Award 2009, Bilad Al-Sudan performed at the Tricycle Theatre (now Kiln) as part of its 2006 season dealing with genocidal conflict in Darfur.

Screen and audio includes;  Soon Gone; A Windrush Chronicle co-produced by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company Douglas Road and the Young Vic Theatre, and One Hot Summer broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Juliet is currently under commission with The National Theatre, Neal Street Productions, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Synergy Theatre.

Juliet is a Trustee of HighTide theatre and the Film & Television Charity.

Juliet’s agent is Jasmine Daines Pilgrem at the Lisa Richards Agency.


37 Plays

37 Plays

Judging panel for RSC’s 37 Plays Project includes Juliet Gillkes Romero.

Alfred Fagon Award - Juliet Gilkes Romero

Juliet Gilkes Romero wins the Alfred Fagon Award

Juliet Gilkes Romero wins the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of 2020.


Juliet Gilkes Romero The Stage Interview

‘My responsibility is to tell powerful stories that can carry an audience’


HighTide development programme

HighTide launches three-month workshop programme for minority ethnic playwrights


15 Heroines, The Labyrinth

“An exhilarating, howling testimony to the female experience”


“Defiant Women Rise up From the Myths”

The Guardian

“15 ancient heroines are resurrected with wit, imagination and verve”

The Stage

The Whip

“A window into a difficult, dirty moment in British history”
“A powerful commentary on how we are governed”


“Rich, complex, troubling”
“Juliet Gilkes Romero has written a smart and rich play, with a breadth and complexity that leaves the audience thinking deeply about legacy”

The Stage

“Go see this refreshing history lesson”
“The approach is remarkably even-handed and refreshingly rigorous”

Daily Telegraph

“An edifying new play by Juliet Gilkes Romero”
“A corrective to Sceptred Isle versions of British history”

Sunday Times

The Whip, written by Juliet Gilkes Romero
The Whip, written by Juliet Gilkes Romero

Watch the RSC video to see what the audience thinks of The Whip.

More info and tickets

Day of the Living

“Day of the Living threatens to blow minds and break hearts with its gob-smacking blend of Mexican folklore, Day of the Dead imagery, song and dance used to tell the unbearably tragic story of the night 43 students from Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College disappeared in Iguala, Mexico, in 2014”

Stratford Upon Avon Herald

“Its flurry of colour, spirit and celebratory verve at first belies, but gradually reveals, the obscenities of the cartel-related crimes it describes”
The Stage

“Electrifyingly inventive… radiating anger, defiance and, ultimately, hope. Fiercely effective”
The Times

Find out what audiences think about Day of the Living and #WeAreArrested, a double-bill of new plays as part of the Mischief Festival. Playing at The Other Place until 23 June 2018.

Find out more about Day of the Living with Juliet’s Q&A

Upper Cut

“The dialogue is snappy, lucid and forceful throughout…. stirring political theatre”
Plays to See

“Juliet Gilkes Romero’s smart new play about the black Labour movement, is an urgent and necessary work… worth seeing for the shock value alone”
The Times

“The real strength of ‘Upper Cut’ is how, in its own subtle way, it suggests that becoming a politician can and should be something anyone can aspire to.”
Time Out

Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015

At The the Gates of Gaza

“If the play’s underlying message is one of patriotism betrayed by racism, the overriding impression is more of warmth than wrath”
The Telegraph

“This remarkable new play delivers with unerring accuracy a short sharp kick in the guts”
The Stage

Winner Best Play Writers Guild Award, 2009

Selected Projects