Classic Drama

This section contains titles labelled Classic Drama (pre-1945) and Ancient Classic Drama.

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Greek Tragedy: Three Plays

Three of the most famous tragedies from Ancient Greece - Antigone, Bacchae and Medea - all featuring female protagonists.

Miss Julie & Creditors

Two plays by August Strindberg

August Strindberg's classic portrayals of secrets and lies, seduction and power – both written in the summer of 1888 – in brilliant new versions by Howard Brenton.

Three Sisters

Cordelia Lynn's version of Chekhov's play, about three sisters trapped in a provincial town, waiting for their lives to begin.

Uncle Vanya

Conor McPherson's stunning adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece, a portrayal of life at the turn of the twentieth century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.

Medea (National Theatre of Scotland version)

By Euripides Adapted by Liz Lochhead

Euripides' classic story of the woman who murders her own children in revenge for her husband's infidelity, here given a distinctive Scots flavour by the poet and playwright Liz Lochhead.

Othello (Frantic Assembly version)

Frantic Assembly's electrifying take on Shakespeare's tragedy of paranoia, sex and murder, firmly rooted in a volatile twenty-first century.

Macbeth (Donmar Warehouse edition)

Shakespeare's most extraordinary psychological drama in a version premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2023, starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, directed by Max Webster. With behind-the-scenes material exploring how the production was conceived and developed.

An Enemy of the People

Ibsen's provocative play about truth in a society driven by power and money, given a startling contemporary spin in Thomas Ostermeier and Florian Borchmeyer's acclaimed version, here in an English translation by Duncan Macmillan.

Peribanez

A gripping drama of sex, power and passion from the Spanish Golden Age.

Machinal (2018 edition)

A powerful expressionist drama from the 1920s about the dependent status of women in an increasingly mechanised society, based on the true story of Ruth Snyder.

A Dream Play

Caryl Churchill's spare and resonant version of Strindberg's enigmatic masterpiece.

Blood Wedding

García Lorca's blood-soaked story of doomed love, in a version by playwright Tanya Ronder.

Medea (Headlong version)

By Euripides Adapted by Mike Bartlett

A bold new version of the classic tragedy by one of Britain's hottest playwrights.

Ghosts

Richard Eyre's version of Ibsen's Ghosts is a fresh and vivid depiction of a woman who yearns for emotional and sexual freedom, but who is too timid to achieve it.

John Gabriel Borkman (Bridge Theatre version)

A gripping version of Ibsen's most contemporary play, first performed at the Bridge Theatre, London, in 2022.

Player Kings

Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts 1 & 2

Shakespeare's great history plays, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, brought together in a visionary new version adapted by award-winning writer and director Robert Icke.

Strictly Dishonourable and other lost American plays

Edited by Richard Nelson

Four lively dramas from the twenties and thirties evoking a world of gangsters, crooked cops, intrepid newpaper hacks and slightly tarnished damsels in distress.

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Peer Gynt

A fresh translation of one of the last great epics of the nineteenth century.

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