Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Changing Room

A play about being a teenager, written specifically for young people, part of the 2018 National Theatre Connections Festival.

Citysong and other plays

The Verity Bargate Award-winning play about three generations of a Dublin family, plus two other plays: Boys and Girls and Drawing Crosses on a Dusty Windowpane.

The Starry Messenger

A bittersweet exploration of love, hope and the mysteries of the cosmos.

ANNA

A radical play set in East Berlin in 1968, unfolding with all the tension of a spy thriller and the inexorable revelations of an Ibsen drama.

Lose Yourself

A fast and wild ride into the darker side of our celebrity obsessed culture.

1972: The Future of Sex

A devised play about three couples having sex for the first time – and a country on the brink of a sexual awakening.

Jude

A modern-day tale of unexpected genius and of our struggle to accommodate extraordinary talent, loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy's novel Jude the Obscure.

The Three Musketeers (stage version)

A riotously comic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, originally performed by physical-comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete.

Three Short Plays

Three short plays by one of the most inventive dramatists working today, each written in response to political events.

Small Island (stage version)

Andrea Levy's epic novel tracing the tangled history of Jamaica and Britain, adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson.

Ghost Stories (stage version)

The terrifying stageplay and worldwide cult phenomenon about a Professor of Parapsychology whose rationality is tested to breaking point – and beyond.

Blister (Multiplay Drama)

A tense relationship drama which examines how the effects of one moment can ripple through a galaxy of lives. In the Multiplay Drama series.

Blue (Multiplay Drama)

A disquieting and darkly funny play which shines a light on the state of mental-health services in modern Britain. In the Multiplay Drama series.

katzenmusik (Multiplay Drama)

A darkly comic story about social inequality and upheaval, told in reverse. In the Multiplay Drama series.

Landmines (Multiplay Drama)

A stark, fast-paced and fraught play about political upheaval and the media's relationship with civil violence and terrorism in modern Britain. In the Multiplay Drama series.

The Real Estate (Multiplay Drama)

A sharply observed, epic play combining elements of social realism and satire, which asks: who do our homes really belong to, and who gets to tell our stories? In the Multiplay Drama series.

The Red Helicopter (Multiplay Drama)

A thrilling, epic story about innocence, community and the dangerous power of unquestioning belief. In the Multiplay Drama series.

Skunk (Multiplay Drama)

A surreal, dreamlike and hilarious play exploring the pressures and transformations that happen to teenagers as they grow up. In the Multiplay Drama series.