Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 109-126 of 1,901 items.

England & Son

A one-man play about disaster capitalism, empire, Thatcherite politics, stolen youth, stolen wealth and a working-class boy who just wants his dad to smile at him. First performed by the celebrated political comedian Mark Thomas in Paines Plough's Roundabout during the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bluebirds

A play about three nurses treating wounded Canadian soldiers in France in 1918.

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

A haunting play about a group of young conservative Catholics in America encountering crises of confidence in faith, country, and self. A finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Yaga

A genre-bending comedy thriller that explores the legend of the wicked witch Baba Yaga through the lens of a modern-day whodunit.

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Strategic Love Play

A Fringe First-winning play that, with acid wit, takes a scalpel to modern romance.

Word-Play

A play about what happens when a Prime Minister ad-libs on live TV, exploring how language seeps into public consciousness and reverberates with far-reaching consequences that will last for generations. Premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London.

Thrown

A poignant, dynamic play exploring belonging and identity, premiered by the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival.

Grenfell: in the words of survivors

A powerful verbatim play drawn from the testimony of those at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2023.

The Crown Jewels

A riotous comedy based on the scarcely believable true story of the greatest heist of all time: the theft of the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. From the creator of TV's Men Behaving Badly and The Durrells.

The Secret Garden (stage version)

A delightful stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's enduring tale of transformation and healing through nature.

When This Is Over

A Blueprint for Creating Your Own Production, and the Original Playscript

A theatrical celebration of hope, possibility and imagination, designed to be created and performed by teenage casts, drawing directly on their own life experiences and the stories they want to tell. Winner, Outstanding Drama Initiative at the Music and Drama Education Awards.

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A powerful, hilarious play exploding lifetimes of repeating Asian stereotypes, winner of the International Award for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2019. Published alongside its staging at the Manchester International Festival 2023.

I Fucked You in My Spaceship

A razor-sharp sci-fi comedy-drama about sex and relationships, winner of the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at VAULT Festival, London.

A Strange Loop

A blistering original musical about a young artist at war with a host of demons. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

By Dario Fo and Franca Rame Adapted by Tom Basden

Dario Fo and Franca Rame's riotous satire, in a hilarious, bang-up-to-date adaptation by BAFTA-nominated comedy writer Tom Basden.

Tambo & Bones

A daring theatrical exploration of the intersection of race, capitalism and performance, by slam poet turned playwright Dave Harris.

When Winston Went to War with the Wireless

A gripping and timely play about Winston Churchill, the 1920s General Strike and the birth of the BBC.

Hope has a Happy Meal

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