Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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At the Table

By Marcos Barbosa Translated by Mark O'Thomas

An unnerving short play by Brazilian playwright Marcos Barbosa.

Published in volume Almost Nothing & At the Table

    August: Osage County

    A hugely-acclaimed black comedy exposing the dark side of the Midwestern American family. 

    The Authorised Kate Bane

    A painfully comic excavation of a family history asks if there is an authorised version of the past - or just the one we can live with.

    The Baby

    A modern epic set in ancient Rome, about a polyglot, violent city at the heart of a divided nation.

    Baby Dolls

    A futuristic comedy about conception, state control and rebellion.

    Bach & Sons

    A beautiful, profound and funny play about Johann Sebastian Bach, the irascible and turbulent composer, and his family business.

    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.

    Bacon

    An unflinching and unexpectedly humorous play about masculinity, sexuality and power, through the dizzying lens of youth.

    Bad Boy Nietzsche! and other plays

    This new anthology collects plays written and performed over six years, including Now That Communism Is Dead My Life Feels Empty!, Maria del Bosco, Panic! (How to Be Happy!), Bad Boy Nietzsche!, Bad Behavior and King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe!

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    Bad Girls (stage version)

    An energetic, fast-moving adaptation for the stage of this modern children's classic, by the best-selling author and 2005 Children's Laureate.

    Bad Roads

    A heartbreaking, powerful and bitterly comic account of what it is to be a woman in wartime.

    Bad Weather

    A play about freedom, guilt and the possibility of redemption, premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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    The Ballad of Crazy Paola

    A poignant two-hander about memory, truth and love.

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    The Ballad of Maria Marten

    A thrilling play based on the nineteenth-century Red Barn Murder in Suffolk, rediscovering the lost story of the murder victim, Maria Marten.

    Ballad of Yachiyo

    A dramatic tale of a young Japanese girl's sexual awakening, and ultimate social downfall, in Hawaii's harsh sugar-cane plantation system of the early twentieth century.

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    Ballyturk

    A gut-wrenchingly funny, achingly sad play featuring jaw-dropping moments of physical comedy.

    The Baltimore Waltz and other plays

    A collection of Paula Vogel's work, surveying a remarkable decade of her writing for the stage. Her singular voice is exhilarating, comic and heartbreaking by turns.

    Banana Boys

    A play about the challenges of being on the school football team – and secretly gay.