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by Eurípides & Timberlake Wertenbaker

Furious that Prince Hippolytus will not worship her, Aphrodite, goddess of love, seeks revenge. Infecting Hippolytus' stepmother, Phaedra, with an overpowering desire for him, Aphrodite's retribution will sweep...


by Nick Payne

"A singular astonishment." --John Lahr, The New Yorker

One relationship. Infinite possibilities.

In the beginning Marianne and Roland meet at a party. They go for a drink, or perhaps they don't. They fall madly...

Antigone: Sophocles

by Roy Williams

When Creon refuses to bury the body of Antigone's unruly brother, Antigone's anger quickly turns to defiance. Creon condemns her to a torturous death: she's to be buried alive.

Acclaimed playwright Roy Williams...

Free Fall

by Vinay Patel

We're not playing Grandmother's fucking Footsteps, mate! Stay away, or I'll jump!

Midnight at the Dartford Crossing; Roland's settled in for another thrilling night supervising the toll machines; Andrea's pretty...

Each Slow Dusk

by Rory Mullarkey

The Private misses the farm. The Captain dreams of painting. The Corporal relishes the fight.

And a hundred years later, The Woman seeks to understand.

1916 �� In the darkness of the French night, three...

The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov & Simon Stephens

The funny thing is the harder I work the more clearly I understand things. When I'm worn out after a day's work then it's like my brain relaxes. And sometimes then I get it. The meaning of my life. My purpose...


by Anton Chekhov & Tom Stoppard

Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater, and this was as true of Ivanov, his first full-length play, as of The Cherry Orchard, his last. Building on the success of his acclaimed adaptation...

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

by Bertolt Brecht, John Willett & Tom Kuhn

Also known as The Private Life of the Master Race, this is a sequence of twenty-four realistic sketches showing how "ordinary" life under the Nazis was subtly permeated by suspicion and anxiety. Written in exile...

The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country

by Richard Nelson

A Chekhovian quartet of plays examining the contemporary American experience.

Bright Phoenix

by Jeff Young

I am flying. I swoop over the rooftops of Liverpool, over the waterfront and out to sea, following a trawler as it drags its nets through the wild sea. I am a sixteen-year-old bird boy, addicted to seagull blood,...


by Eurípides, Kenneth McLeish & Frederic Raphael

The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing...

Conor McPherson Plays: One (NHB Modern Plays)

by Conor McPherson

Four plays from the author of The Weir, with a foreword by the author.

The plays in this volume – three monologues and a three-hander – were all written while Conor McPherson was in his twenties.

This Lime...

Orestes (NHB Classic Plays)

by Helen Edmundson

An explosive retelling of the most savage and powerful of ancient myths - the story of avenging siblings, Electra and Orestes - premiered by Shared Experience Theatre Company.

As children, Orestes and his sister,...

Lilies on the Land (NHB Modern Plays)

by the Lion Part

A revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War II. The play was devised and first performed by the Lions part.

Based on one hundred...

Swallows and Amazons (stage version) (NHB Modern Plays)

by Arthur Ransome & Helen Edmundson

Arthur Ransome's famous and much-loved children's classic is brought thrillingly to life in Helen Edmundson's wonderfully theatrical adaptation, with ‘delightfully catchy and often witty' (Telegraph) songs...

Conor McPherson Plays: Two (NHB Modern Plays)

by Conor McPherson

The second collection of plays from the multi-award winning author.


The Weir

A magical, compelling play set in present day Dublin on Christmas Eve. Undertaker John Plunkett is sharing memories of funerals...

Women, Power and Politics: Then (NHB Modern Plays)

by Marie Jones, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Moira Buffini & Lucy Kirkwood

A collection of wide-ranging and ambitious short plays reflecting the complexities of women and political power in the United Kingdom.

The four plays published here look back to the moments in history when women...

Elephants (NHB Modern Plays)

by Rose Heiney

Rose Heiney’s debut play Elephants is a sharp black comedy with a tender heart that explores the paths we take in life and their repercussions on the people we love most.

5.53 p.m. Christmas Eve. Richard and...

Brontë (NHB Modern Plays)

by Polly Teale

A compelling literary detective story about the turbulent lives of the Brontë sisters - dramatised by Polly Teale and Shared Experience, the team behind After Mrs Rochester and Jane Eyre.

In 1845, Branwell...

Kes (Stage Version) (NHB Modern Plays)

by Barry Hines & Lawrence Till

A tried-and-tested adaptation of the hugely popular novel and film, retaining its gritty charm and popular staying power.

Billy, a disaffected young boy, has problems at school and at home: he’s neglected...