Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

Showing 19-36 of 1,652 items.

55 Days

A gripping historical play that dramatises a crucial moment of English history.

603

A play from Palestine, part of the Royal Court Theatre's Arab World initiative in conjunction with the British Council.

8 Hotels

A play about passion, suspicion and revenge, based on true events involving some of the twentieth century's most influential American artists.

Abandonment

A play about love, death, identity and evolution, from the bestselling and highly acclaimed novelist.

Abigail

A man in his forties and a woman in her twenties meet on a trip to Berlin. Across a fractured timeline where past and present collide, the story of their relationship, their love and their struggle unravels.

Abortive

A couple in bed discuss the effect on them of the woman's recent abortion.

Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

    About a Goth

    A short play about a young man who volunteers in old people's homes, and suffers paroxyms of love and hate for the residents.

    Published in volume Me, As A Penguin

      Acceptance

      Crackling with razor-sharp dialogue, Amy Ng's play asks whether we can ever escape our past, and investigates the destructive side of our search for acceptance.

      According to Hoyle

      A comedy drama about male friendship in which five old friends meet for a traditional evening of poker.

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      The Acedian Pirates

      A play that challenges our understanding of mythology, and forces us to ask vital questions about military occupation.

      Acting Leader

      A short play about Margaret Beckett finding herself Acting Leader of the Opposition after the sudden death of John Smith.

      Acts

      A short play about an old couple whose son returns after years of absence.

      Published in volume Family: three plays

        Adam

        The remarkable true story of a young trans man's journey from Egypt to Scotland, charting his progress across borders and genders in his search for a place to call home.

        The Adventures of a Young Black Girl in Search of God

        Rainey Baldwin-Jackson, a country doctor, struggles to come to terms with the loss of her daughter, the disintegration of her marriage, and an eccentric elderly father on an astonishing crusade.

        After Life

        By Jack Thorne Original author Hirokazu Kore-eda

        A surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives, and a haunting meditation on what it is to live – and to die.

        After Mrs Rochester

        A dramatisation of the extraordinary life of Jean Rhys, in which themes of femininity, literature and hysteria and madness collide with vivid force.

        The After-Dinner Joke

        A short play satirising the charity business, written for television. First broadcast on BBC One as part of the BBC's Play for Today series.

        Published in volume Caryl Churchill: Shorts

          Again

          A touching and comic drama about a family reunion, delving into the turmoil, love and compromises of kinship.