Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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Yous Two

A moving portrayal of the conflict between personal aspiration and familial responsibility, and what happens when those you should depend on need you more than you need them.

Your Turn to Clean the Stair & Fugue

Two plays from the award-winning author Rona Munro.

Your Turn to Clean the Stair

A comically sinister study of the tensions in an Edinburgh tenement.

    You, Me and Wii

    A short play by the author of the Adrian Mole books, set in a council house in a small Leicestershire town at election time.

    You Stupid Darkness!

    An urgent play about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a world falling apart.

    Yen

    Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize-winning play, Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.

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    Yellow Face

    A mock documentary that puts Hwang himself centre-stage as he uses the controversy over colour-blind casting for Miss Saigon and the racially motivated federal investigation of his own father to explore Asian identity and the ever-changing definition of what it is to be an American.

    Wuthering Heights (2020 stage version)

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

    Wuthering Heights (2011 stage version)

    An eminently actable, and readable, version of the well-loved story about a passionate but doomed love affair, one of the most famous and enduring love stories in the English language.

    Written on the Heart

    An enthralling historical drama about the creation of the King James Bible, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark its four-hundredth anniversary.

    Writer's Cramp

    The debut play from the author of The Slab Boys and Tutti Frutti, taking satirical swipes at Anglo-Scottish cultural pretensions.

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      The Writer

      A young writer challenges the status quo but discovers that creative gain comes at a personal cost.

      Nicholas Wright: Five Plays

      A rich selection of work from the late 1970s and 1980s, introduced by the playwright.

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      Wretch

      An ex-teacher and an ex-junkie meet on a night bus during long, dark nights of homelessness.

      Woyzeck

      The multi-award-winning Jack Thorne breathes new life into Georg Büchner's existential masterpiece, Woyzeck, one of the most extraordinary plays ever written.

      Wormwood

      A poetic and heart-rending play written in response to the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

      World Music

      A subtle and topical play about European attitudes to Africa.

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      World Factory: The Game

      A participative theatre experience about global consumer capitalism, offering readers the opportunity to play – as individuals or in teams – the managers of a clothing factory in China.