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Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 19-36 of 1,884 items.

James V: Katherine

A thrilling play about a turbulent time in Scotland's history, continuing Rona Munro's series of history plays set during the reigns of Scotland's generations of Stewart kings.

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Cassie and the Lights

A tender and playful drama that examines what makes a family and what holds it together.


The hit play about deception, witchcraft and football, winner of a Fringe First at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe, then at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

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A gripping play that examines the nature of identity and the consequences of right-wing extremist ideology against the backdrop of London's skinhead and gay scenes of the 1970s and 1980s.

Red Pitch (West End edition)

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.

The Wife of Cyncoed & Idyll: two plays

Two plays by Matt Hartley: his entertaining one-woman play, The Wife of Cyncoed, premiered at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, in 2024; and Idyll, a captivating short play premiered by Pentabus Theatre in 2021.

The Wife of Cyncoed

A charming and open-hearted one-woman play about self-discovery later in life.


A captivating short play about rural Britain, premiered by Pentabus Theatre in 2021.

The Human Body

A play of political and private passions, set in the 1940s against a backdrop of the foundation of the NHS. Premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2024.


A fierce, funny and intoxicating play about the enduring power – and fragility – of memory and love. Premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2024.

Shed: Exploded View

A devastating play about violence, love and loss. Winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

Standing at the Sky's Edge (West End edition)

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.

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).

Nine Lessons and Carols

Stories for a Long Winter

A play about connection and isolation, forged during the Covid pandemic, exploring what we hold on to in troubled times.

(Not) the End of the World

A daringly theatrical investigation of the climate crisis through the perspectives of class, patriarchy and colonialism.

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.