Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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A new adaptation by Mike Bartlett of Maxim Gorky's savagely funny play, premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London.

Valued Friends

A comedy of manners about the property market.


Joint winner of the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award, Valhalla depicts a world where the boundaries of scientific research and the endurance of human love are stretched to their limits.

Used Blood Junkyard

Làzaro, his mates and his porn-star girlfriend are 'art terrorists'... Can anything stop their killing spree?

Published in volume Mexican Plays


    An extraordinary, award-winning account of the Beslan School Siege, exploring the entirely individual way children cope with traumatic situations.

    Ursa Major

    A heartbreakingly funny play about love, life and human connection, first performed as part of the Orange Tree Theatre's Inside/Outside season.

    Published in volume Inside/Outside

      Urinetown: The Musical

      A grand, mischevious story set in a dystopian future. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Book of a Musical.

      The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping and other plays

      Tender, uncompromising, haunting and lyrical, these four plays together comprise a contemporary chronicle of the lives of East London's young women.

      The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping

      A bittersweet comedy about life, love and friendship once school is long gone.

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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.

      The Unthinkable

      A hard-hitting play about the collapse of idealism in contemporary politics.

      Unsuspecting Susan

      A monologue play about a middle-aged woman whose adult son has converted to Islam.

      Published in volume Singular Female Voices


        A courageous and convincing play that sensitively tackles the important subject of child abuse. Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize 2013.

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        The Unreturning

        A compelling drama that explores the profound effect that war has on young lives.

        Unravelling the Ribbon

        A touching and frequently hilarious play about three women whose lives are touched by breast cancer.

        The Unravelling

        A Fringe First Award-winning fable about the power of mythology to change your life.

        The Unmanageable Sisters

        A funny and furious new version of Michel Tremblay’s fêted Québécoise comedy, Les Belles-Soeurs.

        Unknown Rivers

        A poignant and life-affirming play about the extraordinary powers of female friendship.