Modern Drama

This section contains plays written or premiered after 1945.

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The Custom of the Country

Fletcher and Massinger's bawdy Jacobean drama is transposed to 1890s Johannesburg.

Published in volume Nicholas Wright: Five Plays


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

    Dancing Bears

    A short play laying bare the twisted loyalties and violence in teenage gangs.

    Danny, King of the Basement

    A heartwarming play about a boy who creates an imaginary world to deal with the instability and hardship of his daily life.

    Daphne's Dive

    A play about what it means to be an outsider while searching for empathy and connection.


    An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now.

    The Dark Room

    An intricately layered psychological thriller exposing the startling mistreatment of those most vulnerable in our society, at the hands of those who are meant to protect them.

    Dark Sublime

    A play about joy and heartbreak, quarries and transmat beams – a love-letter to British sci-fi television.


    A fascinating - and terrifying - drama that explores the world of data commodification and the uncharted deep web.


    A darkly satirical monologue about fatherhood, love and toxic masculinity.


    A beautiful, ferocious play about the bonds that tie us, and how we sometimes need to break them.

    Daughters of the Revolution

    A political thriller set in the midst of a bitterly fought US governor's election, from the Democrat perspective. Part of David Edgar's two-play cycle, Continental Divide.

    Published in volume Continental Divide: two plays

      David Copperfield (stage version)

      One of Dickens's best-loved and most autobiographical stories, brilliantly and faithfully dramatised by Alastair Cording.

      The Day I Stood Still

      A poignantly funny drama from the author of My Night With Reg, about the heartbreak of unrequited love and the power of memories.

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      Days of Wine and Roses (stage version)

      JP Miller's 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses, adapted brilliantly for the stage by Owen McCafferty.

      Dead Dad Dog

      An offbeat short comedy with a political edge, in which an unemployed young man is dogged by his deceased father.

      Published in volume Scot-Free

        Dead Man's Cell Phone

        A play about a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

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        Dealing with Clair

        A satire on yuppie moral and emotional bankruptcy and a bleak, black comedy thriller.