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.

Meat

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.

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.

The Small Hours

A National Theatre Connections play about teenagers, nightlife, and the small choices that have momentous consequences.

When They Go Low

A play about everyday feminism, consent and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. Written for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

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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.