Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Bully Boy

A ferociously gripping story about the moral issues of contemporary military occupation and its effect on the mental health of serving soldiers. Written with startling insight by author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig.


An exhilarating coming-of-age drama for a solo performer.


A timely, unsettling and powerful play from one of the UK's most prominent trans voices.


    Burkas and Bacon Butties

    A heart-warming, clash-of-cultures comedy set in a Wigan taxi.

    Burning Bridges

    A love triangle with a dangerous twist, this moving and funny play explores the everyday dilemmas of a young woman living with autism.

    Burnt by the Sun

    A rich evocation of a world poised on the brink of Stalin's Great Terror, based on the 1994 Oscar-winning film written by Nikita Mikhalkov and Rustam Ibragimbekov.

    Burnt Out

    A blackly comic psychological thriller for the stage, revealing the darker side of suburban life in Belfast.

    Burying Your Brother in the Pavement

    A play about grief and looking at someone that little bit more closely. Written specifically for young people, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement was part of the 2008 National Theatre Connections Festival and was premiered by youth theatres across the UK.

    Chris Bush Plays: One

    Five plays by leading playwright Chris Bush: Steel; Faustus: That Damned Woman; Nine Lessons and Carols; Hungry (Paines Plough, 2021) and Not the End of the World (Schaubühne, Berlin, 2021).

    Jez Butterworth Plays: One

    Four full-length plays and two previously unpublished shorts from the multi-award-winning author of Jerusalem.

    Jez Butterworth Plays: Two

    Three extraordinary plays by one of the most audacious and talented playwrights of our times: Jerusalem, The River and The Ferryman. Plus his short film The Clear Road Ahead, and a conversation with playwright Simon Stephens.

    By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

    A hilarious satire of race in the glamorous days of Old Hollywood, told via the life of a fictional African-American movie star. From the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    Cancelling Socrates

    A provocative and witty play about an uncompromising voice in dangerous times.


    A searingly funny debut play about death, betrayal, and the possibility of forgiveness. And cider.

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    The Canterbury Tales (stage version)

    A landmark dramatisation for the Royal Shakespeare Company of one of the foundation stones of English literature.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin (stage version)

    Rona Munro's adaptation of Louis de Bernières' much-loved epic novel, set on an idyllic Greek island in 1941.

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    By Sergi Belbel Translated by John London

    An acclaimed Catalan drama that presesnt a disturbing picture of contemporary Western society set against a background of urban alienation and violence.


    A raucous comedy and a compelling story about secrets, memory, history and 'cariad' - Welsh for love, beloved one, darling.

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