Gentleman At Large


Charles Evans BA DipEd ADB GODA


Born in Warlingham and educated at Keele and Oxford, Charles Evans currently lives in Blackheath Village.

Charles Evans served in colonial Borneo before entering the Royal Navy. Overseas he directed theatre productions in English and Malay, and in the Navy was 6-times winner of the annual Royal Naval Theatre Festival. He was a Royal Navy-sponsored candidate for the British Theatre Association’s ADB and for GODA accreditation. He subsequently directed amateur and professional groups in Plymouth, Edinburgh and London.

Charles Evans lectured for 8 years at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, specialising in Communism and Russian life and culture. In 1986 Charles Evans retired from the Royal Navy and joined the lecturing staff at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was then reappointed to the Royal Naval College in the Department of History and International Affairs.

In 1989 Charles Evans was a Churchill Fellow and travelled widely in the (then) Soviet Union. In 1992-94 he held Research Fellowships from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust and spent extended periods in Moscow and St Petersburg studying modern Russian theatre. He was subsequently awarded a British Academy Fellowship to examine Russian productions of modern English-language drama, specialising in the work of Harold Pinter. In 2005 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship for poetry. He continues to write on social and cultural developments in the New Russia.

As a published playwright and poet, Charles Evans has won 2 national playwriting awards, and 3 of his plays have received professional productions. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, The Tablet, The Month, Poetry Life and various anthologies, and he has won awards in national and international poetry competitions. In 2008 he took second place in the National Poetry Competition. As a GODA-accredited drama adjudicator he makes regular appearances on the Drama Festival circuit in London and the Home Counties.