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Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Hope has a Happy Meal

A surreal play about a frenetic quest through a hyper-capitalist country, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London.



A thrilling collision of music hall, cabaret and drag king swagger, in a play that tells the true story of Elizabeth Thompson, a pioneering megastar of the Victorian art scene.

I, Daniel Blake (stage version)

Adapted by Dave Johns Original author Paul Laverty

A touching and vital stage adaptation of the Palme d'Or-winning film directed by Ken Loach.

Brokeback Mountain (stage version)

A heartbreaking tale of an irresistible and hidden love spanning twenty years and its tragic consequences. Based on Annie Proulx's short story, with original songs by Dan Gillespie Sells.

The Misandrist

A penetrating comedy about the search for sexual knowledge, true love, and top-notch Tupperware.


A play for two actors, about love, grief, and the threads which bind mother and daughter together. Shortlisted for the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award.

Bleak Expectations

A hilarious, chaotic, Dickensian caper for the stage, based on the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

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Biscuits for Breakfast

A tender, heartfelt drama about families – the ones we inherit and the ones we create – and the struggle to survive when times get tough.

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (stage version)

A stage adaptation of Kate Summerscale's bestselling non-fiction thriller, about the investigation of a Victorian country house murder.

A Little Life (stage version)

A bruising and beautiful story of love, the limits of human endurance, and the tyranny of memory, adapted for the stage from Hanya Yanagihara's bestselling novel.

A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction

An innovative one-woman show exploring what it means to be human in an era of ecological disaster.

Es & Flo

A sharply observed, deeply compassionate play celebrating an older lesbian relationship, women coming together to fight for what's right, and the healing power of chosen family.

Prima Facie: Special Edition

A special edition of the international hit play, featuring the definitive version of the award-winning script, together with colour photos and exclusive additional content.

Jack Thorne Plays: Two

Five plays from 'Britain's hottest playwright and screenwriter' (The Times), showcasing his extraordinary ability to combine electrifying dialogue with heartfelt warmth, candour and humour. Plus two short plays and a revealing introduction by the author.

Whiff Whaff

A savagely funny short play about attitudes to disability and mental health.

Published in volume Jack Thorne Plays: Two


    A powerful and beautifully observed short play for one actor, exploring the impact of the newly established National Health Service on working people's lives in the 1940s and 50s.

    Published in volume Jack Thorne Plays: Two

      Dixon and Daughters

      A powerful play about family and forgiveness, following a woman after her release from prison. Premiered at the National Theatre.

      Deirdre Kinahan: Shorts

      Five Plays

      Five short plays by the award-winning Irish playwright, full of warmth, humour and irrepressible characters.