Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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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.

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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.

Peter Pan (stage version)

An enchanting adaptation of J.M. Barrie's children's classic, with songs by Vikki Stone. Premiered at Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Backstairs Billy

An irreverent comedy about the fifty-year relationship between the Queen Mother and her most loyal, most outrageous servant, William 'Billy' Tallon, who joined her household at the age of fifteen. Premiered in the West End with Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans.

Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen

A new edition of the dark and biting one-man show starring Samuel Barnett at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2023.

A Dream

A riotous musical play transporting Shakespeare's most beloved characters to the chaos of a busy modern-day hospital. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series.

HORIZON

A thrilling, witty, superhuman coming-of-age story about the quest to find your place in the world. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series.

The Multiverse is Gay!

A wild rollercoaster ride through school, the Multiverse, and finding yourself, over and over and over again… A play in the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series, featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people.

The Playhouse Apprentice

An exhilarating and hilarious historical drama set in Elizabethan London, about theatre, bravery and how a little voice can make a big difference. Part of the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by young people.

Sea Things

A bold and startling comic thriller about climate crisis, conspiracy, and what lurks beneath the waves. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people.

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A compassionate and probing play about youth and aging, nostalgia and regret, and the dangers of refusing to get old. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people.

Space Girl

An action-packed play for young performers and audiences, bursting with songs and imagination, celebrating curiosity, resilience and exploration. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by young people.

The Village

A punchy and provocative story about democracy, power, and how we can try to build a better world. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people.

Wellington 24

An upbeat and empowering World War II tale about teamwork, collaboration and beating the odds. In the Nick Hern Books Multiplay Drama series featuring large-cast plays specifically written to be performed by and appeal to young people.

Boy Parts (stage version)

A pitch-black psychological thriller based on the critically acclaimed debut novel by Eliza Clark. Premiered at Soho Theatre, London.