Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 55-72 of 1,737 items.

White Noise

An unflinching look at race in the 21st century from both a black and white perspective, from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

White Lead

A short play exploring the expectations and responsibilities of being an artist and a woman.

The White Bike

An affecting play, based on a true story, about what happens when our world is turned upside down.

Whisky Galore (stage version)

A stage adaptation of Compton Mackenzie's comedy classic, combining rollicking physical theatre, panto and farce, with an array of hilarious characters for any female-led theatre company.

Whipping It Up

A quick-witted satirical farce set in the Whips' office at Westminster.

While You Lie

A blistering play about our need for honesty in relationships and how it can sometimes bring about their downfall.

Where I'm From

A monologue play about a woman on the day of her release from prison.

    When You Cure Me

    A painful – and painfully funny – play about being very young and in love – and coping with serious illness at the same time.

    When They Go Low

    A play about everyday feminism, consent and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. Written for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

    When the Rain Stops Falling

    A heartrending drama about family, betrayal and forgiveness, spanning four generations and two hemispheres. From the writer of the award-winning film Lantana.

    When the Daffodils

    A searching portrait of human kindness in a world that sets limits on how we care for the vulnerable. First performed as part of the Orange Tree Theatre's Inside/Outside season of short plays.

    Published in volume Inside/Outside

      When the Crows Visit

      A dark and thrilling play inspired by true events in modern-day India, exploring the themes of Ibsen's Ghosts and the cyclical nature of oppression.

      When Cows Go Boom

      A short play by Stacey Gregg, an oblique parable of love set against the backdrop of a horrific landscape.

      Published in volume Irish Shorts

        What We Know

        A funny, painful and deeply moving play about loss - and cooking.

        What the Constitution Means to Me

        An acclaimed play tracing the effect that the US Constitution has had on four generations of women in the author's family. A finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

        What Shadows

        A searing look at identity and immigration within a bitterly divided country.

        What Love Is

        A short play about caring for your parents.

        Published in volume Sex & God

          What is the Custom of Your Grief?

          A short play by Timberlake Wertenbaker about an English schoolgirl who is befriended online by an Afghan girl after her brother is killed while on active duty in Afghanistan.