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Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Other Side of the Game

A debut play by a Canadian playwright, giving voices to Black women who organise communities, support their incarcerated loved ones, and do battle with institutions. Winner of the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award.

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Unholy

A play about the intersetion of faith and misogyny, asking if you can be a feminist as well as a believer.

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Meat

A play about class, consent and transgressions buried in the past, set over the course of one winesoaked evening in a Dublin restaurant.

The Visit, or The Old Lady Comes to Call

Dürrenmatt's visionary revenge play, one of the great achievements of modern German-language theatre, transported to mid-twentieth-century America by the acclaimed playwright Tony Kushner.

Something Awful

A thrilling play inspired by the true-crime story of the Slenderman.

Second Home

A play exploring the experiences of growing up mixed-race in twenty-first century Ireland.

Madame Ovary

The heartbreaking and hilarious true story of the author's own experience of ovarian cancer.

Take Care

An astonishing, tragic and uplifting verbatim play about the care system in the UK today.

Heroes

A poignant exploration of fallen idols, family secrets and the human price of forgiveness.

Wuthering Heights (Brontë/Sheridan 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 nearly broke the British police force.

The Last Quiz Night on Earth

An innovative, apocalyptic comedy-drama featuring a fully interactive pub quiz.

Nora : A Doll's House

By Stef Smith Original author Henrik Ibsen

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

Faustus: That Damned Woman

A radical reimagining of the classic cautionary tale, transforming the iconic character of Faustus into a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice and sells her soul to wrestle control of her own destiny.

I Think We Are Alone

A delicate and uplifting play about 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.

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Zoo and Twelve Comic Monologues for Women

A wildly inventive comedy drama about courage, female friendship and flamingos. This volume also includes twelve comic monologues for female performers.

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.