Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Slave Play

A play that rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in twenty-first-century America.

Jez Butterworth Plays: Two

Three extraordinary plays by one of the most audacious and talented playwrights of our times: Jerusalem, The River and The Ferryman. Plus his short film The Clear Road Ahead, and a conversation with playwright Simon Stephens.

Run Sister Run

A story of family, love and dependence that asks who gets it right. Premiered by Paines Plough, Soho Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in 2020.


A play about class, consent and how modern Ireland reckons with the transgressions buried in its past.

Wuthering Heights (2020 stage version)

A ferocious, wild and utterly exhilarating adaptation of Emily Brontë's indelible masterpiece.

The Incident Room

A play about the manhunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, going behind the scenes to investigate the case that broke the British police force.

The Last Quiz Night on Earth

An immersive pre-apocalyptic comedy The Last Quiz Night on Earth, premiered by Box of Tricks on a tour of local pubs, theatres and community arts centres across the UK in spring 2020.

Nora : A Doll's House

By Stef Smith Original author Henrik Ibsen

A bold new version of Ibsen's brutal portrayal of womanhood.

I Think We Are Alone

A delicate and uplifting play about our fragility, resilience and our need for love and forgiveness.

Far Away (Donmar edition)

Caryl Churchill's dazzling play about a world sliding into chaos, in a new edition published alongside the play's revival at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2020.

Zoo (and Twelve Comic Monologues for Women)

A play about 'climate change' both in the weather and in the discussion of the female experience, our relationships to the natural world, and perceptions of a life well lived.

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.

What I (Don't) Know About Autism

A sometimes comic, sometimes heart-breaking journey into the world of autism.

The Haystack

An explosive espionage thriller that explores how we can live honestly, love freely, and stay authentic when the advances in cutting-edge technology outpace the law.

Faustus: That Damned Woman

A radical new work in which the iconic character of Faustus becomes a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to traverse centuries and change the course of history.

The Gift

An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation... and tea.

The Welkin

Lucy Kirkwood's play about a woman sentenced to hang for murder in 18th-century rural Suffolk.

Flights and Sink: Two Plays

Two plays about contemporary life in Ireland, from award-winning writer John O'Donovan.