Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Pussycat in Memory of Darkness

By Neda Nezhdana Translated by John Farndon

A powerful play about the shattering impact of war, and the astonishing resilience of those living through it, written by one of Ukraine's leading playwrights.

Published in volume Voices from Ukraine: Two Plays

    It's a Wonderful Life (stage version)

    A joyful stage adaptation of Frank Capra's movie about a down-on-his-luck banker who feels like he's at the end of his rope, until his guardian angel pays him a visit.

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    Whiff Whaff

    A savagely funny short play about attitudes to disability and mental health.

    Published in volume Jack Thorne Plays: Two

      Boo

      A powerful and beautifully observed short play for one actor, exploring the impact of the newly established National Health Service on working people's lives in the 1940s and 50s.

      Published in volume Jack Thorne Plays: Two

        Till the Stars Come Down

        A heartbreaking and hilarious portrayal of a larger-than-life family struggling to come to terms with a changing world.

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        Scenes with girls

        A witty and caustic play about female friendship, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2020.

        Strategic Love Play

        A Fringe First-winning play that, with acid wit, takes a scalpel to modern romance.

        Middle

        A raw, touching and funny portrait of a 21st-century marriage, first staged at the National Theatre, London, in 2022.

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        Beauty and the Beast (Lyceum Theatre stage version)

        A brilliant version of the classic tale, from a playwright acclaimed as 'the master of children's theatre' (Scotsman).

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        Player's Angels

        A play set in 1950s Nottingham, following a group of friends who work on the production line of the John Player tobacco factory.

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        The Princess and the Goblin

        A rich and magical play for all the family, from a master of storytelling.

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        Merlin the Magnificent

        The story of King Arthur, Merlin and the sword in the stone, retold by Scotland's leading writer of plays for children.

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        Puss in Boots

        A brilliantly inventive version of the classic tale, from the 'master of children's theatre' (Scotsman).

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        The Sleeping Beauty (stage version)

        A variation on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty, by the 'master of children's theatre' (Scotsman).

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        The Snow Queen

        A superb children's play, drawn from the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by the 'master of children's theatre' (Scotsman).

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        Come Out Eli

        A verbatim play telling the story of the 2002 Hackney siege, as told by the diverse and vibrant community that experienced it.

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        The Clear Road Ahead

        An epic short about rebirth, from the author of Jerusalem and The Ferryman.

        Published in volume Jez Butterworth Plays: Two

          How These Desperate Men Talk

          A short play published for the first time, written during the author's time working with European theatremakers.