Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 181-198 of 1,910 items.

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.

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Jekyll and Hyde (stage version)

An inventive, brilliantly theatrical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's darkly fascinating tale of male violence, guilt and privilege.

Little Bits of Ruined Beauty

A darkly comic play examining the subtle shift from cared-for to carer and how dignity and independence are maintained in isolated rural areas. 

Blues for an Alabama Sky

A remarkable dramatic portrait of life in New York City in 1930, as the Harlem Renaissance starts to feel the bite of the Great Depression.

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.

The P Word

A sharp-witted and devastating play charting the parallel lives of two gay Pakistani men as they negotiate everything from casual hook-ups to the UK's hostile environment.

The Snail House

A play about a government medical advisor, knighted for his role during the pandemic, whose life begins to unravel at his own lavish birthday party.


The hit play about Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher, handbags, hairspray and sensible shoes.

Is God Is / What to Send Up When It Goes Down

Two Plays

Two extraordinary plays from a bright new talent in American theatre.

The Thanksgiving Play / What Would Crazy Horse Do?

Two Plays

Two essential plays by award-winning Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse.