Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Wuthering Heights (2020 stage version)

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

I Think We Are Alone

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

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 rural Ireland, from award-winning writer John O'Donovan.

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.

The Tyler Sisters

A funny, heartening exploration of time, and the unassuming moments that make up our lives.

The Small Hours

A play about teenages, nightlife, and the small choices that have momentous consequences. Commissioned for National Theatre Connections 2019.

When They Go Low

A play about everyday feminism and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. When they go low, we go high.

Dear Evan Hansen: The Complete Book and Lyrics (West End edition)

A new edition of the hugely successful musical, published alongside its West End premiere. 

Teenage Dick

A darkly comic, smashed-up retelling of Richard III, Shakespeare's classic tale about the lust for power.

Swive [Elizabeth]

Sex is power in the reign of Elizabeth I. Ella Hickson's play explores the ways and means by which women in power negotiate patriarchal pressure in order to get their way.

Christmas Carol: A Fairy Tale

By Piers Torday Original author Charles Dickens

A revitalised stage adaptation of Charles Dickens's Christmas tale, by renowned author Piers Torday, focussing on Ebenezer Scrooge's sister Fan, the most monstrous miser ever known.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (stage version)

A brilliant adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece that places the writer herself amongst the action as she wrestles with her creation and with the stark realities facing revolutionary young women, then and now.

The Last Noël

A funny, moving, uplifting play about Christmas, with original songs.

The Jungle Book (Jessica Swale stage version)

Rudyard Kipling’s beloved tale of family, belonging and identity has been reimagined in this acclaimed adaptation by Jessica Swale, with original songs by Joe Stilgoe.