Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Five Years with the White Man

A startling play about satirist ABC Merriman-Labor, the greatest Black Briton ever to have been forgotten.


A powerful solo show about family, anti-Blackness, and what we're willing to sacrifice for love.

How We Begin

A tender exploration of love, queerness and identity, staged at VAULT Festival, London, 2023.

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons (West End edition)

A new, revised edition of Sam Steiner's startling play about what we say, how we say it, and what happens when we can't say anything any more. Published alongside the West End production starring Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner.

The Unfriend

Steven Moffat's hilarious satirical play about middle-class England's disastrous instinct always to appear nice.

The Art of Illusion

The award-winning French play, in an English translation by Waleed Akhtar, published alongside the premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Chris Bush and Richard Hawley's musical, a history of modern Britain told through the stories of one Sheffield housing estate. Winner of the Best New Musical award at the 2023 Olivier Awards.

Orlando (stage version)

A sparkling adaptation of Virginia Woolf's famous fantasy, premiered in the West End with Golden Globe winner Emma Corrin leading an ensemble company.

Paradise Now!

A funny and raging play about ambition, exploitation and the search for connection in a fractured world.

Sons of the Prophet

Stephen Karam's award-winning drama - a blackly comic play about dealing with loss - published alongside its European premiere at Hampstead Theatre.


A tender, funny and utterly truthful play about family and feeling. Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize.

Blackout Songs

A compassionate and unflinching study of love, addiction and memory after a chance encounter at an AA meeting.

Five Characters in Search of a Good Night's Sleep

By Mike Alfreds, Sonja Linden and others

A devised play exploring the experience of sleeplessness and its impact on people's lives.


A political thriller for the stage, set in the 1560s and portraying events around Mary Stuart, the troubled Queen of Scots. Part of Rona Munro's breathtaking theatrical exploration of Scottish history.

Ladies Unleashed

A moving comedy for the stage, about friendship, growing older and living for today, reuniting the characters from the smash-hit plays Ladies' Day and Ladies Down Under.

The Contingency Plan (2022 edition)

Two plays

A double bill of plays from the frontline of climate change – an epic portrait of Britain in the grip of unprecedented and catastrophic floods.

Ivy Tiller: Vicar's Daughter, Squirrel Killer

A blackly comic play that challenges our assumptions about who belongs and who thrives, and exposes the dark side of the rural idyll. Premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

James IV: Queen of the Fight

A thrilling historical drama set in an uncharted period of Scottish history, with two Moorish women arriving in the dangerous world of the court of James IV.