Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 109-126 of 1,521 items.

Bring Up the Bodies (stage version)

The second part of Mike Poulton's two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. A thrilling and utterly convincing portrait of a brilliant man embroiled in the lethal, high-stakes politics of the Court of Henry VIII.

    Fabulation

    In Fabulation, playwright Lynn Nottage reimagines Esther (the character from her companion play, Intimate Apparel) as Undine, the public relations diva of today, who spirals downward from her swanky Manhattan office to her roots back in Brooklyn.

      The Shipment

      The Shipment is a provocative look at African-American identity in today's not-quite post-racial society.

        Lear

        Young Jean Lee's Lear is an alternative re-working of Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy, focusing on the king's three daughters.

          The Middlemarch Trilogy: Dorothea's Story

          Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

          Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

            The Middlemarch Trilogy: The Doctor's Story

            Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

            Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

              The Middlemarch Trilogy: Fred and Mary's Story

              Part of The Middlemarch Trilogy, adapted from George Eliot's novel by Geoffrey Beevers. Three interconnected plays, telling the story of Middlemarch from the perspective of a different set of characters: from county, town and countryside.

              Published in volume The Middlemarch Trilogy

                James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock

                The first part of The James Plays trilogy, exploring the complex character of the colourful Stewart King James I – poet, lover and law-maker.

                Published in volume The James Plays

                  James II: Day of the Innocents

                  The second part of Rona Munro's The James Plays trilogy, James II: Day of the Innocents depicts a violent royal playground from the perspective of the child King and his contemporaries, in a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives.

                  Published in volume The James Plays

                    James III: The True Mirror

                    The third part of Rona Munro's The James Plays trilogy, James III: The True Mirror, like the King himself, is colourful and unpredictable, turning its attention to the women at the heart of the royal court.

                    Published in volume The James Plays

                      My Friend Duplicity

                      A one-act duologue by Enda Walsh which went on to inspire his play Ballyturk.

                      Published in volume Enda Walsh Plays: Two

                        Room 303

                        A short monologue inspired by the Third Epistle of John and first produced by the Bush Theatre, London, as part of the Sixty-Six Books season in 2011.

                        Published in volume Enda Walsh Plays: Two

                          Bird (monologue)

                          A cutting-edge monologue that throws light on the experience of a teenager in contemporary Britain, from one of the country's most exciting young playwrights.

                            Gypsy Girl

                            A monologue first performed by Laura Lomas at Soho Theatre, London, on 5 October 2009 as part of Paines Plough's LATER programme.

                              Where I'm From

                              A monologue first performed by Laura Lomas at Nottingham Playhouse on 22 July 2010 as part of Paines Plough's 'Come To Where I'm From' season.

                                The Mineola Twins

                                An outrageously satirical play examining women's experience and the women's movement over more than three decades in post-World War II America.

                                Published in volume The Mammary Plays

                                  All On Her Own

                                  A powerfully atmospheric one-woman play, All On Her Own tells the story of Rosemary who, alone at midnight in London, has a secret burden to share that is both heartbreaking and sinister.

                                  Published in volume Harlequinade & All On Her Own

                                    Mr Incredible (VAULT version)

                                    A monologue about love and entitlement by Camilla Whitehill, author of Where Do Little Birds Go?, who was described by The Times as 'a writer of huge promise'.

                                    Published in volume Plays from VAULT