Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Hills of California

The Webb Sisters are returning to their mother's run-down guest house in Blackpool, in a play by the author of Jerusalem and The Ferryman, premiered in the West End in 2024.

Samuel Takes a Break

in Male Dungeon No. 5 After a Long but Generally Successful Day of Tours

An extraordinary, genre-blending play about colonialism, identity and the attempt to preserve the past, premiered at The Yard Theatre London in 2024.

This Might Not Be It

A candid portrayal of mental health services in the NHS, premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2024.

Peak Stuff

A fast-paced, funny play offering a deep-dive into consumer culture: in an age of retail therapy, climate crisis and click and collect - how does our 'stuff' define us?

A Song for Ella Grey (stage version)

By David Almond Adapted by Zoe Cooper

A magical retelling of the Orpheus myth, full of music, sound and storytelling, adapted from the novel by David Almond. Premiered by Pilot Theatre on UK tour in 2024.

HEART

A raw and honest exploration of love, loss, and self-discovery. The debut play by acclaimed actor Jade Anouka.

Northanger Abbey (stage version)

By Zoe Cooper Original author Jane Austen

A playful and surprising reimagining of Jane Austen's novel, infused with the spirit of the original, and fizzing with imagination and humour.

Fat Ham

Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, James Ijames' play reinvents Shakespeare's Hamlet in startling and hilarious ways amidst the backdrop of a family barbecue in the American South.

If I Forget and Other Plays

Three extraordinary plays from the Tony Award-winning writer of Dear Evan Hansen: If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin and The Language of Trees.

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The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Tony Kushner's turbulent epic about a retired longshoreman who feels that the world has turned its back on everything he has fought for in life.

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Kimberly Akimbo

The hearwarming, Tony Award-winning musical about a young girl with a genetic condition that leaves her prematurely aged.

Red Pitch

A fast-paced and sharp-edged play telling a coming-of-age story about three young footballers, exploring the impact of gentrification and regeneration on London's communities. Winner of the 2022 George Devine Award.

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The Motive and the Cue

The West End edition of the fierce, funny play about a clash of theatrical titans, Richard Burton and John Gielgud, winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Dreaming and Drowning

An intimate and visceral play that dives into the mind of a young Black queer man wrestling with anxiety. Premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2023.

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.

The Time Machine: A Comedy

A fast-paced, wise-cracking, riotous play, loosely based on H.G. Wells's masterpiece, that zips from the nineteenth century to the end of the world, and (with any luck) back again.

Cold War (stage version)

Adapted by Conor McPherson Original author Paweł Pawlikowski

An epic love story spanning the decades and breadth of Europe at its most divided, adapted from the Academy Award-nominated film. Premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2023.

Infinite Life

A surprisingly funny inquiry into the complexity of suffering, and what it means to desire in a body that's failing you. UK premiere at the National Theatre, London.