Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Oedipus

By Robert Icke Original author Sophocles

Sophocles' epic tragedy transformed into an essential, explosive human thriller by visionary director Robert Icke. West End from October 2024.

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King Troll (The Fawn)

A dystopian tale about the corrosive impact of state racism and the monster within. Premiered by Kali Theatre at New Diorama Theatre, London, in October 2024.

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Giant

A new play exploring the life and legacy of that fiendishly charismatic icon, Roald Dahl. Premiering at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September 2024.

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Here in America

A compelling new drama that imagines a confrontation between two giants of stage and screen, Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller. Premiering at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in September 2024.

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The Lightest Element

A drama about Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, one of the most eminent astronomers of the twentieth century. Premiered at Hampstead Theatre in September 2024.

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Peanut Butter and Blueberries

The debut play from author, poet and educator Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, premiering at Kiln Theatre, London, in August 2024.

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Red Speedo

 A stage thriller set in the world of competitive swimming, from a major US writer.

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Reunion

A new play about a family reunion on an island off the west coast of Ireland, premiering at the Galway International Arts Festival in July 2024.

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Shout

A funny, moving drama about anxiety, celebrating difference, and finding your voice as a teenager. Part of the 2024 National Theatre Connections Festival.

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Slave Play (West End edition)

A play that rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in twenty-first-century America. New edition published alongside the West End production in 2024.

The Secret Garden (Open Air Theatre version)

A thrillingly adventurous adaptation of the beloved and radical story about the magic of nature and the nature of magic, premiered at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2024.

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My Father's Fable

A gripping story of grief, belonging, and a family on the edge from Alfred Fagon Award-winner Faith Omole. Premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2024.

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Surrender

A gripping play about a woman trying to survive in a punishing and dysfunctional penal system that has separated her from her daughter. Premiered at the Arcola Theatre, London, in 2024.

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Some Demon

A grippingly authentic play about living with an eating disorder, winner of the 2023 Papatango New Writing Prize.

The Sugar Wife

Love, lust, prostitution and slavery in a 19th-century Quaker household. New edition published alongside the 2024 revival at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Bindweed

A shattering and darkly funny play about responsibility and rehabilitation, which looks at what can be done to tackle abuse at its root. Winner of the Judges' Award at the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2022.

A Child of Science

A play about one of the most remarkable medical breakthroughs of our time: the procedure that led to the first 'test-tube baby' and the creation of IVF.

Fanny

A joyful and irreverent comedy about Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny, celebrating music, family and – at last – the work of a composer overlooked because of her sex.