David Lan is an English playwright, filmmaker, theatre director and social anthropologist.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1952. He trained as an actor and gained a BA at the University of Cape Town. He has lived in London since 1972, apart from two years in Zimbabwe 1980 - 1982. He was awarded a BSc first class (1976) and a PhD (1984) in Social Anthropology from LSE. He was appointed artistic director of the Young Vic theatre in London in 2000. He was awarded an honorary D.Litt by the University of the South Bank (2010).
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