Anthony Vivis was born in Sleaford, Lincs, in 1943. From 1962-65 he studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages (French and German) at Clare College, Cambridge. Between 1967 and 1971 he worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company in London as Assistant Dramaturg, then Dramaturg, and from 1977-83 he worked as Editor and Producer, mainly for Radio 3, with the Drama Department of BBC Radio, in London. Since then he has been a freelance writer and translator.
His work has been produced by the RNT, RSC, and Royal Court theatres, as well as the Bush and Soho Poly, in London, and at many theatres in other parts of the UK. His literary work has been published widely.
Anthony Vivis has been given several awards, including the Italia Prize and theatre translation bursaries from the Arts Council of England.