Sean Lang


Sean Lang is an award-winning playwright and professional historian.

He acted at school, including work backstage at the Young Vic theatre in London. He was a member of the Young Stagers at the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead and of the Brycbox Youth Theatre, New Malden. He also sang with the celebrated Tiffin School Choir, performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and on Radio 3.

He read history at University College, Oxford, graduating with First Class honours. At Oxford he performed in A Man for All Seasons and Oh, What a Lovely War! (MC), as well as an early play by Frank Cottrell BoyceThe Arrival of the Razzle Dazzles.

After doing his PGCE at Exeter University he taught history at the Netherhall School, Cambridge, before returning to Exeter as Lecturer in Humanities in the university School of Education, where he taught on the primary BA(Ed) course and ran the secondary history PGCE. He then returned to teaching as Head of History at Hills Road Sixth Form College, where he resumed his theatrical work, writing and directing Betrayals, Mysteries and Billy Budd, as well as Passion Play and Do Not Be Afraid for St Lawrence’s church.

He left Hills Road in 2002 to undertake a PhD in history at Anglia Ruskin University (then Anglia Polytechnic University). He researched British policy in ninenteenth-century India towards Indian maternal mortality and gained his PhD with no amendments or corrections. He was also appointed Senior Lecturer in History.

At Anglia Ruskin he resumed his playwriting work, producing Paper Trail, The Road Less Travelled, The Necessity of Atheism, The Usual Incentive, The War Time and I’m Backing Britain, putting them on in local drama festivals in Cambridge, Sawston and Haverhill and taking I’m Backing Britain to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He also wrote two religious dramas, Brother Man and The Last Scene in the Story – Mysteries for Modern Man.

Sean has written four history titles in the popular For Dummies series, including the best-selling British History for Dummies. He has appeared frequently on television and radio and broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and on BBC Essex.

You can follow Sean on Twitter at @sf_lang.