David Pharao is a French playwright, screenwriter and director. An early acting career soon led to directing and writing for theatre, cinema and television.

After graduating from the Rouen Conservatory, he played in A Mid-summer Night’s Dream (directed by Renaud Sanson in 1971) and Büchner’s Leonce and Lena (directed by Frank d’Ascanio, 1973) before founding his own company, for which he acted in, wrote, directed and produced plays.

His first big hit came with Croquez le Melon (Théâtre d’Orsay, París, 1977), for which he received an encouraging message from Charles Chaplin himself.

For Mudra, a company founded by Maurice Béjart, Pharao wrote over ten plays, including Lady Pénélope and New York Blues, both performed at the Bobigny Centre for the Arts (MC93).

A very eclectic director, he has staged works by Homer, Beaumarchais, Chaplin, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Prokofiev and a number of other master playwrights.

He later turned to film and television screenwriting and directing.

His short film Waka Waka was selected for the Chamrousse and Vevey film festivals and at the 1987 edition of the La Ciotat festival he received Best Director award from Claude Pinoteau.

Douche Anglaise with Bernadette Lafont, his first film for television, was shot in London in 1994.

It was followed by over 100 episodes for a number of series, including Une famille formidable.

He has written 20-some screenplays for artists such as Charles Aznavour, Micheline Presle, Bernadette Lafont, Annie Cordy, Guillaume Canet, Anny Duperey, Philippe Khorsand, Claude Piéplu, Gérard Hernandez, Olivier Saladin…

He returned to writing for the theatre in 2003 with his very successful comedy, The Dinner Guest, which played at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris and was nominated for four Molière prizes in 2004, including Best Playwright award. When in 2006 Luc Besson decided to produce it as a film starring Daniel Auteuil, Valérie Lemercier and Thierry Lhermitte, he asked Pharao to adapt the script.

The Dinner Guest has been staged in over 20 countries. When it re-opened at Montparnasse Theatre in 2016, the live France2 broadcast was seen by four million television viewers.

In 2013 Pharao was awarded the ‘Palme de la Critique’ at the Avignon Festival for La dame d’Ithaque.

His latest comedy, Mariage et Châtiment, nominated for the 2017 ‘Globes de Cristal’ Best Play award, opened in 2016 at the Hébertot Theatre in Paris.

(Represented by Renauld & Richardson. Rights for Spain and Latin America)



[Marriage and Punishment]

Rights for Spain sold to Grupo Smedia

That morning Edouard didn’t realise that the lie he told, that huge lie no-one dares to tell, THE lie, the mother of all lies, would change his life so abruptly.

Like a tsunami, that lie would destroy his marriage to Marianne, his best friend’s wedding and his faith in humanity.

But as Edouard is honest and normally wouldn’t touch a lie with a 10-foot pole, he tries in every possible way to restore the truth, only making things much worse. And as he tumbles, he brings everyone else down with him...





Gérard is 50 years old and after three on unemployment miraculously finds a job in Indonesia, the opportunity of a lifetime. He decides to stoke his luck by inviting his new boss to dinner: a good idea, except that his wife, Colette, panics at the thought. Fearing her inability to act the part of perfect hostess, she asks a little known neighbour, Alexandre, to help them prepare for the event.

Alexandre, an image consultant, fully overhauls the couple and their home in just 24 hours: interiors, wardrobe, life style, schooling... everything. Albeit with frayed nerves, the couple is finally ready to welcome their... dinner guest.

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