Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 163-180 of 1,536 items.

Stories

A funny and touching new play about the fertilisation of an idea.

Thick As Thieves

A tense, revealing play that explores what it means to care for one another and asks who, in a time of increasing disconnect, we expect to look after us.

The Wider Earth

A powerfully dramatic play about Charles Darwin's voyage on board HMS Beagle - an adventure that changed not only his own life, but also the history of the entire world.

Maydays (2018 version)

David Edgar's landmark play about the twenty-somethings who came of age in 1968 and were drawn into revolutionary politics. Revised version staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2018.

The Sweet Science of Bruising

An epic tale of passion, politics and pugilism in the world of 19th-century women’s boxing.

Maydays & Trying It On: two plays

Two plays by David Edgar, written thirty-five years apart, both exploring the theme of youth and revolution.

Eyam

A play about an outbreak of the plague in a small Derbyshire village in 1665.

The Unreturning

A compelling drama that explores the profound effect that war has on young lives.

Queen Margaret

Using Shakespeare’s orginal lines, alongside new text, Jeanie O’Hare retells The Wars of the Roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou.

Closer to God

A short play exploring the private worlds of strangers, living side by side but generations apart.

Losing Venice

An epic fable set in the faraway Spanish Golden Age, about the deranged behaviour of countries that have lost an empire and still not yet found a role.

Stop/Over

A night of debauchery and delicate connection in a play set in the city that never sleeps.

Pop Music

A rollercoaster of a play for anyone that’s ever been a dick on the dance floor.

Steel

A play exploring the last three decades of women in politics, asking what's changed and what still must.

Holy Sh!t

An acerbic new comedy about four forty-somethings wrestling for school places for their children.

Caterpillar

A darkly funny, searing and tender drama about those moments when we find ourselves teetering on the edge.

The Humans

A powerful comedy-drama about a family gathering at Thanksgiving, from a gifted young American playwright.

The Prisoner

A provocative study of what it means to be free, by the internationally acclaimed theatre director and his long-time collaborator.