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IB Theatre - Director's Notebook: British & Irish Plays

Plays by British and Irish Playwrights

Find Drama for Students articles and WSA Library books with plays from the British and Irish  Republic of Ireland playwrights listed below.  Go to the next page to see links to plays by William Shakespeare.  Also see:

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Writers with plays in the WSA library are marked with:   

Anonymous  (c. 1400s - 1500s )  
John Arden  ( 1930 - 2012 )
Alan Ayckbourn  ( 1939 - )
Peter Barnes  ( 1931 - 2004 )
Sir J(ames) M. Barrie  ( 1860 - 1937 )
Samuel Beckett  
( 1906 - 1989 )  Republic of Ireland
Brendan Behan  
( 1923 - 1964 )  Republic of Ireland  
Aphra Behn  ( 1640 - 1689 )
Robert Bolt  ( 1924 - 1995 )
Edward Bond
 ( 1934 - )
Mary Chase  ( 1907 - 1981 )  Republic of Ireland  
Agatha Christie
 
( 1890 - 1976 )
Caryl Churchill  
( 1938 - )
William Congreve  ( 1670 - 1729 )
Noël Coward  ( 1899 - 1973 )
Hannah Cowley  
( 1743 - 1809 )
Shelagh Delaney
 ( 1939 - 2011 )
Maureen Duffy
 ( 1933 - )
David Edgar
 ( 1948 - )
John Ford  ( c. 1586 - 1639? )
Michael Frayn  ( 1933 - )
Brian Friel  
( 1929 - 2015 )  Republic of Ireland
Pam Gems
 ( 1925 - 2011 )
Oliver Goldsmith  
( 1728 - 1774 )  Republic of Ireland
David Hare
 ( 1947 - )  
Ben Jonson  ( 1572 - 1637 )  
Thomas Kyd  ( 1558 - 1594 )
Bryony Lavery  
( 1947 - )
Hugh Leonard  ( 1926 - 2009 )  Republic of Ireland
Doris Lessing  ( 1919 - 2013 )
Christopher Marlowe  ( 1564 - 1593 )
Somerset Maugham  ( 1874 - 1965 )
Thomas Middleton  
( 1580 - 1627 )
William Nicholson  
( 1948 - )
Sean O'Casey  
( 1880 - 1964 )  Republic of Ireland  
Joe Orton  
( 1933 - 1967 )
John Osborne  
( 1929 - 1994 )  
Harold Pinter  
( 1930 - 2008 )
Terence Rattigan  
( 1911 - 1977 )
Tim Rice  ( 1944 - )
William Rowley  
( 1585? - 1626 )
Anthony Shaffer  
( 1926 - 2001 )
Peter Shaffer  
( 1926 - )
George Bernard Shaw
 ( 1856 - 1950 )  Republic of Ireland
Richard Brinsley Sheridan  
( 1751 - 1816 )  Republic of Ireland
Tom Stoppard  
( 1937 - )  
John Millington Synge
 ( 1871 - 1909 )  Republic of Ireland
Andrew Lloyd Webber  ( 1948 - )
John Webster  ( 1580? - 1634? )
Oscar Wilde  
( 1854 - 1900 )  Republic of Ireland  

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Anonymous

Includes 'Everyman', a medeival morality play by an anonymous author:  The story of a man who must face final judgment on the strength of his good deeds

Brendan Behan

Terence Frisby

David Hare

Includes 'The Bay at Nice' by David Hare:  The setting is a large room n the Hermitage Art Museum in Leningrad 1956.  The elderly yet energetic Valentina Nrovka is summoned by the Hermitage Art Museum in Leningrad to confirm the authenticity of a painting – The Bay of Nice - attributed to the famous artist (and her old art teacher) Matisse. Her nervous daughter Sophia Yepileva accompanies her to the museum, and uses the outing to speak seriously with her mother. 

Ben Jonson

John Osborne

Includes 'A Bond Honoured' by John Osborne:  One-act adaptation of Lope de Vega's La Fianza Satisfecha.

Tom Stoppard

Includes 'The Boundary' by Tom Stoppard and Clive Exton:  Arriving at the library to continue work on his dictionary, Johnson is horrified to discover that the place has been ransacked. The true explanation is outside the window and beyond, when the significance of the cricketer becomes clear.

Oscar Wilde

         

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