Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Holding the Man (stage version)

By Tommy Murphy Original author Timothy Conigrave

The remarkable true-life love story, adapted from Timothy Conigrave's memoir of growing up gay in 1970s Melbourne.

Lilies on the Land

A revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of four women who sign up to join the Women's Land Army during World War II.

Tribes

A penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.

Speechless

The true-life drama of the extraordinary bond between two identical twin girls and their struggle to find a voice.

The Railway Children (stage version)

By E. Nesbit Adapted by Mike Kenny

An imaginative stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's much-loved children's classic.

Breed

A sharp and savage play about the animals we are and the people we try to be.

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Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre stage version)

Lucy Kirkwood's delightful version of the classic fairytale, first seen in a production devised and directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre for Christmas 2010.

Vernon God Little (stage version)

By DBC Pierre Adapted by Tanya Ronder

A darkly riotous, superbly fast-talking adventure, adapted from the Booker Prize-winning novel.

Perve

An irreverent and unsettling play that interrogates paranoia, ambiguity and innocence in our highly sexualised world.

Anna Karenina (stage version)

Helen Edmundson's celebrated adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's enduring classic is a vibrant and deeply moving meditation on the nature of love.

The Kitchen Sink

An irresistibly funny and tender play about big dreams and small changes.

Invisible

A funny, moving and topical portrayal of the world in flux, Invisible explores the many sides of migration.

Foxfinder

A darkly comic, spell-binding dystopian drama, winner of the 2011 Papatango New Writing Prize.

First Run

New Plays by New Writers

Edited by Kate Harwood

Five significant debut plays – first staged in the UK in the late eighties – from writers who have gone on to establish their reputations in major theatres.

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Ghetto

By Joshua Sobol Adapted by David Lan

The true story of the flourishing of a theatre in a wartime Jewish Ghetto.

A Moon for the Misbegotten

The last work from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers, continuing the semi-autobiographical cycle centring on the Tyrone family.

Cause Célèbre

Based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury, who, in 1935, went on trial with her eighteen-year-old lover for the murder of her husband. In the play, Terence Rattigan pits Alma against a formidable lady juror, whose own life offers a plangent counterpoint to the central tale of love, betrayal, guilt and obsession.

Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness (incl. Slavs!)

A collection of essays, poems, a prayer and a play from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America.

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