Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 37-54 of 1,528 items.

The Winslow Boy

Rattigan's 1946 play based on the real-life court case of a young naval cadet unjustly accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order.

WINK

An electrifying drama about what happens to personal identity in an age of ubiquitous technology and social media.

The Wind in the Willows (stage version)

This delightful stage adaptation combines all the joy and mystery of Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic with the lightness of touch and playful theatricality that award-winning playwright Mike Kenny is known for.

Wind Bit Bitter, Bit Bit Bit Her

An enthralling monologue about love and loss.

Wilderness (Kellie Smith)

A searing exploration of unconditional love and of the personal sacrifices it demands.

Wilderness (April De Angelis)

A short play by April De Angelis, about a patient and her psychiatrist as they head into the wilderness to find out how sane any of us really are.

    Wild Swimming

    A kaleidoscopic exploration of cultural progress, an interrogation of gender and privilege, and a wilfully ignorant history of English Literature.

    Wild

    A darkly comic play that explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level.

    Widows

    A smouldering political allegory about a political protest in a country ruled by a military junta. From the author of Death and the Maiden, written in collaboration with Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America.

    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.

    Why Can't We Live Together?

    Set against the low hum of the War on Terror, Why Can't We Live Together? is a kaleidoscopic vision of our times through the lives of one man and one woman.

    Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

    In Who is Sylvia?, which premiered in the West End in 1950, where it ran for over a year, Rattigan seems to be offering a bittersweet portayal of his father - and maybe of his own frustrated love life Also included in this volume is Duologue, a play for one actress appearing here for the first time in print.

    Who is Sylvia?

    Obsessed with a girl called Sylvia, whom he kissed just once at a garden party when he was 17, Mark makes a habit of pursuing physically identical girls for the rest of his life - despite having a wife and growing son.

    Published in volume Who is Sylvia? and Duologue

      White Lead

      A short play by Jessica Siân exploring the expectations and responsibilities of being an artist and a woman.

      The White Bike

      An affecting play, based on a true story, about what happens when our world is turned upside down.

      Whisky Galore (stage version)

      A stage adaptation of Compton Mackenzie's comedy classic, combining rollicking physical theatre, panto and farce, with an array of hilarious characters for any female-led theatre company.

      Whipping It Up

      A quick-witted satirical farce set in the Whips' office at Westminster.

      While You Lie

      A blistering play about our need for honesty in relationships and how it can sometimes bring about their downfall.