Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

An elderly woman and her siblings become J.M. Barrie's classic characters in Sarah Ruhl's play about a family grieving over the death of their patriarch.

Let Me Down Easy

A solo show exploring experiences of death and dying through verbatim testimony.

Mary Jane

A moving play about the stalwart endurance of a devoted mother, winner of the 2018 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

Miss You Like Hell

A musical about the barriers and the bonds of family, and the complexities of immigration in today's America.

Pipeline

A deeply moving story of a mother's fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

A Doll's House, Part 2

A funny, probing, and bold play that picks up where Ibsen's A Doll's House left off, and offers a sharp contemporary take on the struggles inherent in all human relationships across time.

Plays from VAULT 5

Five new plays from VAULT Festival

This anthology, the fifth from Nick Hern Books, comprises five of the best plays from VAULT Festival 2020, London's biggest and most exciting arts festival.

Antlia Pneumatica

A haunting tale of loss and friendship, blurring the lines between the real and surreal, from the author of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play.

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

A deliciously adventurous play that confronts the question of whether monogamy is enough to ensure a happy marriage.

Exquisite Agony

A play about the heart—its passions, its failures, and its ability to connect.

Illyria

It is 1958. In the midst of a building boom in New York City, Joe Papp and his colleagues are facing pressure from the city’s elite as they continue their free Shakespeare in Central Park.

The Sound Inside

A riveting play exploring the limits of what one person can ask of another.

Gloria: A Life

Emily's Mann's play about the icon of the American feminist movement, Gloria Steinem. With a Foreword by Gloria Steinem herself.

King Charles III (special edition)

A special edition of Mike Bartlett's acclaimed 'future history play', with exclusive bonus material.

King Charles III (special edition) - SIGNED COPY

A special edition of Mike Bartlett's acclaimed 'future history play', including a foreword by the journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow, an afterword by the playwright, and an essay about the original production.

The Contingency Plan (2009 edition)

Two plays

A double bill of plays from the frontline of climate change - an epic portrait of an England of the near future, in the grip of unprecedented and catastrophic floods.

Love & Science

This selection of texts makes original and inimitable works of music-theatre accessible to a wide audience for the first time.

Spunk

A dazzlingly entertaining dramatisation of three stories by the celebrated black iconoclast, Zora Heale Hurston: a rich folk tapestry of rural and urban black America in the 20th century.