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Plays, playscripts

See below for a selection of the latest books from Plays, playscripts category. Presented with a red border are the Plays, playscripts books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Plays, playscripts books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Red Bud

Red Bud

Author: Brett Neveu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

RED BUD is about a group of forty-somethings on their annual trip to Red Bud, a championship motocross race. The group has nearly rung their mutual friendship dry and use the overnight camping party to relive past glories, play asinine games and beat the holy hell out of each other. The fly in the ointment is the eighteen year old girlfriend of one of the forty-somethings. Frustration, weirdness and old baggage rapidly comes to the surface and old friendships die hard. Red Bud received its UK premiere at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Ubu

Ubu

Author: Alfred Jarry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

The satirical farce now acclaimed as the touchstone for the Dada and Surrealist movements, the Theatre of the Absurd, and much of the rest of experimental theatre in the 20th century.

Separate Tables

Separate Tables

Author: Terence Rattigan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Separate Tables consists of two linked one-acts set in a rundown residential hotel in Bournemouth.

The Rivals

The Rivals

Author: Andrew Sheridan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price One of the best known eighteenth century comedies of manners, Sheridan's first play, and still his most popular. Lydia Languish, a young woman from a good family, holds to an impossible romantic ideal of love, and resolves only to marry a pauper. So Jack Absolute pretends to be a poor soldier in order to win her hand. Meanwhile, Jack's father is attempting to procure the match through the proper channel of Lydia's guardian, and Jack becomes a rival to himself, before he is finally challenged to duels by rival suitors in both his identities... Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals was first performed at Covent Garden Theatre, London, in 1775. This edition of the play, in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series, is edited and introduced by Colin Counsell.

An Intervention

An Intervention

Author: Mike Bartlett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

A touching, funny play about what happens when you hate your best friend. One of them went on the anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out, then got horrendously and staggeringly drunk. The other stayed at home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future. An Intervention premiered at the Watford Palace Theatre in April 2014, in a co-production with Paines Plough. Engaged, entertaining and forthright... not only politically engaged but also fiercely uncompromising in its mission to entertain. - Exeunt Magazine Incisive, intimate, closely focused... has Bartlett's astute wit and extraordinary ability to pinpoint the way maturity can suddenly slip away. - Financial Times Superb... intensely dramatic. - WhatsOnStage Nimble and elegant... [a] smart two-hander. - The Stage Mike Bartlett is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been seen at theatres including the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in the UK, and off-Broadway in New York.

Yen

Yen

Author: Anna Jordan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize-winning play, Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own. Hench is sixteen, Bobbie is thirteen. They're home alone in Feltham with their dog Taliban; playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by. Sometimes their mum Maggie visits, usually with empty pockets and empty promises. Then Jenny shows up. Yen won the 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2016.

Tomcat

Tomcat

Author: James Rushbrooke Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1900

In the not-too-distant future, the world is better than ever. Diseases and disorders have been wiped out. But Jess doesn't belong. She slipped through the net and there's something dangerous in her DNA, something that must be 'cured'. Charlie is watching Jess. He'll do whatever it takes to keep society safe. As debate over genetic screening rages, Tomcat asks how far will we go to keep humanity healthy? When you can learn everything about a person from a computer screen, is there anything left to discover? Tomcat by James Rushbrooke was the winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize in association with Southwark Playhouse, London, where it premiered in 2015.

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

Author: Catherine Grosvenor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Britain declared war on Germany in 1939 because Hitler invaded Poland. As soon as the war was over, the Polish began coming to Britain in large numbers - an influx that, famously, is increasing under EU dispensations. In Cherry Blossom , Edinburgh writer Catherine Grosvenor looks at the decades-long experiences of the Polish in Scotland.

Alexi Kaye Campbell Plays: One

Alexi Kaye Campbell Plays: One

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

A collection of five plays by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The premiere of The Pride at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008 marked the emergence of Alexi Kaye Campbell as a distinctive new talent. With its bold and ingenious structure and its daring take on sexual politics in the 1950s and today, the play combined thrilling dramaturgy with profound insight into the affairs of the human heart. It went on to win an Olivier Award, the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, and the John Whiting Award for Best New Play, and was revived in the West End in 2013. Published here alongside that remarkable debut are Alexi's four subsequent plays, which together demonstrate his rare ability to harness theatricality in pursuit of emotional truth. Apologia (Bush Theatre, London, 2009; revived in the West End in 2017), a perceptive look at what has happened to 1960s idealists and their children. `Sharp, funny, wise and humane, Alexi Kaye Campbell is a writer to cherish' Telegraph The Faith Machine (Royal Court, 2011), an exploration of the relationship between faith and capitalism that asks fundamental questions about the true meaning of love. `An urgent play of expansive ambition and largeness of spirit' Guardian Bracken Moor (Tricycle Theatre and Shared Experience, 2013), a haunting tale of grief and denial, set against the economic crisis of the 1930s. `A superior kind of ghost story... intellectually as well as emotionally haunting' The Stage Sunset at the Villa Thalia (National Theatre, 2016), a passionate and deeply personal play about the impact of foreign influence, planned and unintentional, on a nation and its people. `This play is a winner, a thought-provoking slow-burn story that works on many levels' The Times Also included is an introduction by the author.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

Author: Lucy Kirkwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is embarking on the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson particle. Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling. When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens everyone with chaos. A story of sibling love that explores subjects closely linked to science: faith and reason, certainty and uncertainty, the pursuit of excellence and scientists' constant struggle to balance their research ambitions with family life, Mosquitoes premiered at the National Theatre, London, in 2017, in a production featuring Olivia Coleman and Olivia Williams, and directed by Rufus Norris.

Antigone (Drama Classics)

Antigone (Drama Classics)

Author: Sophocles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

A muscular version of Sophocles' timeless masterpiece, offering a profound reflection on the nature of power, democracy and human rights. The war has ended, but with peace comes conflict. Antigone's brother Polyneices lies on the battlefield where he fell, his burial outlawed by Creon, the new king of Thebes. Should Antigone obey Creon, or must she follow her conscience and lay her beloved brother to rest?

The Last Witch

The Last Witch

Author: Rona Munro Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1900

Based on the true story of Janet Horne, the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Scotland, The Last Witch , by leading Scottish playwright Rona Munro, was specially commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival in a co-production with the Traverse Theatre. It premieres at the Lyceum on 23 August 2009.