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Peter Sutton is

  • Author of Elgar and Alice, The Prebumptious Mr Punch and other plays
  • Translator of Piers Plowman, Death of a Hunter and over 1000 documents from French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • Lecturer and Speaker on Elgar, Langland, the English language, translation, and more
  • Actor and Reader of his own and others' work

Peter spent fifteen years in adult education in the UK, Germany and Soviet Armenia before becoming Head of Publications at the UNESCO Institute for Education in Hamburg. In 1994 he returned to the UK to work as a freelance translator and editor for cultural institutions, lawyers and international organisations.

At the same time he trained to act and began writing plays. He is now best known for his work on the composer Edward Elgar and the medieval poet William Langland, whose poem Piers Plowman was often quoted by Elgar.


Book cover: Piers Plowman: a modern verse translation by Peter Sutton

Click below to listen to the opening of Peter Sutton's reading from his translation of Piers Plowman at the Swan Theatre, Worcester: a Worcester Repertory Theatre production.

William Langland’s poem Piers Plowman was completed 650 years ago. Peter Sutton’s translation of the poem into modern English alliterative verse is published by McFarland of North Carolina:

"A highly readable rendition "
Yearbook of Langland Studies

"Something distinctive to offer "
Carl Schmidt

"A readable, rhythmic representation of the original"


Cover image: Elgar and Alice by Peter Sutton

Peter Sutton's play Elgar and Alice was first performed on 5th June 2007.

"Sutton does a skilful job"
Birmingham Post ****

"Very neat, it's neatly done, altogether"
Oxford Times *****

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This site includes extensive evidence of Peter Sutton's knowledge and experience, including click-to-play audio recordings, lists of publications, full c.v., sample translations, testimonials and transcripts. 


Latest News


Death of a Hunter - click for Finborough Theatre website

Peter Sutton’s translation of the play Death of a Hunter by the renowned German playwright Rolf Hochhuth, adapted by Peter Thiers, is receiving its UK and English language premiere at the Finborough Theatre, London, in April 2018.

Unable to write any more, Ernest Hemingway fights his last and loneliest battle as he tries to find the courage to commit suicide. He confronts his demons, questions old certainties and comes face to face with the ghosts of his past...

Clinically, precisely, harrowingly and in real time, Hochhuth explores the final hour in the life of an American icon, examining the cult of celebrity, the trappings of fame and “the ultimate futility with which we are all cursed and ‘blessed’”.

Edmund Dehn plays Hemingway, and the play is directed by Anthony Shrubsall.
Performances are on 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 April (10 April in the original German). For details click the image below or tel. 01223 357851.

Death of a Hunter - click for Finborough Theatre website


Peter Sutton read his poems Crossroads and Beyond the Station at the 2017 Ledbury Poetry Festival as part of the Commemoration of John Masefield. Click here for a recording of the reading.

Peter Sutton’s other recent readings of his poetry include Ledbury Poetry Salons, Worcester Speakeasy and meetings of Herefordshire Stanza. In 2017 he performed at an Elgar Poetry Evening with poets Lesley Ingram, Nina Lewis and Michael Wyndham Thomas, and gave a poetry workshop for the Armenian Institute, London.



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