Timothy Knapman studied history at Oxford. Since then he has spent his time writing plays, musicals, songs, operas and children's books.
His books include the best-selling Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Eleanor’s Eyebrows and Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates and its sequels. They have been translated into 20 languages and have been read on CBeebies Bedtime Stories by Hugh Bonneville, Dennis Lawson, Adrian Lester, Harriet Walter, Tanni Grey-Thompson and many others. Tim has also written for CBeebies’ Driver Dan’s Story Train. New stories are forthcoming from Walker, Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Little Tiger and OUP.
In May 2015, Tim and Laurence Mark Wythe won a competition organised by Made in Corby and Perfect Pitch Musicals to write a brand new musical for the town of Corby in Northamptonshire. Their winning entry, Danny Hero, was performed at the Core theatre in Corby in Autumn 2016 to much acclaim. Their show Midnight has just completed a successful first run in Seoul, South Korea.
With Stuart Matthew Price, Tim wrote the musical love story Before After, which was showcased at the St James Theatre Studio in September 2014, starring Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen. The show's world premiere was at Musical-za in Tokyo the following November, with future productions planned for Austria and the Netherlands.
With Alex Silverman and Ed Jaspers, he wrote Hamlet! The Musical, which was a big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2010 and won the WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers' Choice award for Best Musical. A full-length production played at the Royal & Derngate Northampton and the Richmond Theatre in 2011 (“absurdly clever... there is wit, as well as silliness, in the lyrics... very funny”Guardian).
The Stage called his play, The Stag King, a "darkly magical... and imaginative show, which both challenges and enchants” and UK Theatre Web hailed his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: “This is what theatre should be, inventive, witty and filled with great storytelling”.
With Simon Greiff of SimG Productions, Tim helped mentor Oliva Tweest, the world’s first Afrobeats musical.
His stage and music theatre work has been performed in the UK and across the world, with premières at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cheltenham Festival, the Wigmore Hall, St John's Smith Square, the Holywell Music Room, the Dartington International Summer School and the Café de Paris.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment commissioned Tim to write a poem in celebration of its 21st birthday. The poem was performed by Simon Callow at the Royal Festival Hall.
Tim has appeared on Radio 3's In Tune and his work has been featured on Classical Collection and The Choir with Aled Jones.
Tim has done over 70 events and readings in schools, bookshops, libraries, museums and at the Roald Dahl and Discover Story Centres.
His hobbies include swashbuckling.
Tim has worked with these amazing artists:
And these brilliant composers:
Tim’s work has been commissioned and performed by: