Plays

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The Proposal

A brilliantly funny one-act play about a hypochondriac attempting to propose to an argumentative young woman.

Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

    A Tragic Figure

    A comic duologue about a civil servant sweltering in Moscow coping with the incessant demands of his family from their summer dacha.

    Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

      On the Evils of Tobacco

      A bittersweet monologue in which a scientific lecture is hijacked by thoughts of domestic misery.

      Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

        The Wedding

        A one-act play by Chekhov in a translation by Chekhov expert Stephen Mulrine.

        Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

          Swansong

          A comic duologue about a melancholy old actor perked up by memories of past glories.

          Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

            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

                                  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.