Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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All of Us

A passionate and timely drama that looks at the human cost of abandoning those who struggle to fit in.

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The Climbers

A mesmerising and thrilling play about the lure of the mountains, the drive to conquer and the price of staying alive.

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The Southbury Child

A darkly comic play exploring family and community, the savage divisions of contemporary society and the rituals that punctuate our lives.

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Bangers

A gig-theatre play featuring original music inspired by early noughties and present-day R&B and Garage.

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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.

Cancelling Socrates

A provocative, witty and dangerous play by Howard Brenton.

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no particular order

Through the lives of ornithologists, bureaucrats, soldiers and tour guides, no particular order charts the fall, rise and continuation of a single society, asking the same repeated question 'Is it empathy, or power, that endures?'

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Eurydice

Alice in Wonderland meets Greek myth in this playful, heart-breaking American take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption.

The Unfriend

A hilarious and satirical play about middle-class England's disastrous instinct always to appear nice, from the writer behind the internationally successful television shows Doctor Who and Sherlock.

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Birds of a Kind

By Wajdi Mouawad Translated by Linda Gaboriau

A sweeping drama about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which a straitlaced family is forced to confront everything they know about their identities.

The Children's Republic

A powerful play about Dr Janusz Korczak and his struggle to protect the children at his orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto from the horrors of the Second World War.

Mortified

A humorous and dark play exploring sex, shame, and transformation and how we reckon with the traumatic experiences that have shaped us.

Secret Life of a Mother

An uplifting and empowering play that reveals the raw and untold secrets of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and mothering.

WROL (Without Rule of Law)

A darkly comic coming-of-age drama from an exciting Canadian playwright.

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus

Performance artist Taylor Mac picks up where William Shakespeare's blood-soaked tragedy Titus Andronicus left off in a play that explores generic boundaries and charts the violence done by those in charge, and the lives of those left to clean up.

Corrina, Corrina

A gripping theatrical thriller set at sea, exploring power dynamics, superstitions and revenge, and what happens when we think no one is watching.

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The Father and the Assassin

A gripping play about the man who murdered Mahatma Gandhi, premiered at the National Theatre, London.

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Kabul Goes Pop: Music Television Afghanistan

A play inspired by the true story of Afghanistan's first youth music programme, exploring a world following the US invasion that is complex, contradictory and shocking – all to a soundtrack of early noughties' pop.

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