Famous playwrights, dramatists


Famous playwrights, dramatists, a website directory
Playwright directories and databases

British Theatre Guide
British Theatre Guide, a site for theater news, latest performance and new plays.

Classical playwrights, plays; a guide to websites.

A contemporary playwrights web index.
The Open Directory Project.

A free online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays which have been written in or translated into English since the production of Look Back in Anger in 1956.

Elizabethan plays and playwrights.
A site dedicated to providing information about Elizabethan plays and playwrights.

National Theatre, U.K.

19th Century playwrights web index.
The Open Directory Project.

The Playwrights Center (US)
For writers seeking artistic and professional support.

Playwrights, dramatists name indexes *

American playwrights and plays.
Theatre History

British playwrights and plays. 
Theatre History

Contemporary playwrights web index. 
The Open Directory Project

French playwrights web index.

18th Century playwrights web index.
The Open Directory Project.

19th Century playwrights web index.
The Open Directory Project.

Playwrights of Ancient Greece to playwrights of the 20th Century. 
The Open Directory Project

Playwights on the Web.
Name index, noticeboard, E-zine, Playwrights’ Forum.

Wikipedia entries on playwrights.

The Playwrights’ Center
The Playwrights’ Center is America’s premier incubator of new work for the
stage, and the nation’s most powerful resource for playwrights.

The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco

The Playwrights Foundation of America

Young Playwrights Org
For those 18 years old or younger interested in playwriting.

Famous playwrights *


Ayckbourn, Allan

Ayckbourn, Allan. Alan Ayckbourn. Wikipedia entry.

Artaud, Antonin

Antonin Artaud Wikipedia entry.
Antonin Artaud. The Poetry Foundation

Beckett, Samuel

Beckett, Samuel. Samuel Beckett Endpage.
A Samuel Beckett website. The Samuel Beckett Society
The Beckett International Foundation
A Piece of Monologue: Index page dedicated to Beckett’s life and work
Samuel Beckett. Lacan. Slavoj Zizek
Samuel Beckett, Wikipedia entry.
Beckett on Film
Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot, a video of the production by Samuel Becket. YouTube
Rough for Radio I (Audio)
Rough for Radio II (Audio)

Cascando (Audio)
Embers (Audio)

Act Without Words I

Bennett, Alan

Bennett, Alan. Alan Bennett. Wikipedia entry.
Alan Bennett. BFI Screenonline
Alan Bennett. The Guardian, news and comment.
Alan Bennett. British Council Literature
The truth behind the History Boys. The Telegraph

Berkoff, Steven

Berkoff, Stephen. Stephen Berkoff short biography.

Brecht, Bertold

Bertolt Brecht
The International Bertolt Brecht Society Homepage
Bertolt Brecht. Wikipedia entry.
Brecht’s works in English: A bibliography.
The Brecht Yearbook


Chekov, Anton P

Chekov, Anton P. Anton Chekov web sites. Theatre Database
Chekov biography. Theatre History
Chekhov plays online. Ebooks
The Cherry Orchard (in the original Russian)
Project Gutenberg eTexts, English translations of several Chekov plays,
including Cherry Orchard. An English version of the play.
Anton Chekhov, Wiikipedia entry.

Churchill, Caryl

Caryl Churchill
Caryl Churchill. Wikipedia entry.

Cocteau, Jean

Jean Cocteau biography, bibliography, a filmography, movie stills and selected quotations. 
Jean Cocteau.
A look at Jean Cocteau‘s Orphic Trilogy and a brief profile.
Jean Cocteau, Wikipedia entry.

Coward, Sir Noel

A Noel Coward Tribute Page. Noel Coward biography, Noel Coward quotes, performances, bibliography, photos.


Dürrenmatt, Friedrich

Dürrenmatt, Friedrich. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, an introduction and bibliography.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Wikipedia
Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel
A Durrenmatt home page from The University of Chicago Press.


Frayn, Michael

Heisenberg and the Uncertainty Principle
Michael Frayn. The British Council website.
Michael Frayn. Wikipedia entry.
Michael Frayn. The Guardian, articles and essays.


Genet, Jean

Jean Genet Wikipedia entry.
Jean Genet. Patrice Bougon:
academic research, symposium on Jean Genet. Société des Amis et Lecteurs de Genet

Hare, David

David Hare, a biography.
David Hare, Wikipedia entry.

Ibsen, Henrick

Henrik Ibsen web page. Ibsen plays, links, stage history.
The Ibsen Society of America Official Website
Ibsen Studies, an international academic journal devoted to Ibsen.
Online course by Ibsen scholar Brian Johnston author of The Ibsen Cycle and To the Third Empire: Ibsen’s Early Drama
An extensive resource on Henrick Ibsen, from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ibsen. Works by or about Henrik Ibsen atInternet Archive. Scanned books, original editions, illustrated.
Ibsen Voyages
A scholarly blog concerbed with the dramatic structure of Ibsen’s plays.
Henrik Ibsen. Online works at at Project Gutenberg.
When We Dead Awaken
A Doll’s House
Hedda Garbler
The Master Builder

Ionesco, Eugene

Ionesco, Eugene. Eugene Ionesco. Biography plus links to all of his works currently in print. 
Eugene Ionesco at infoplease.com


Middleton, Thomas

Thomas Middleton. Works, life, essays, books.
Thomas Middleton. The plays of Thomas Middleton.
Thomas Middleton. Wikipedia entry.

Moliere, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

Molière. Works by Moliere at Project Gutenberg
Molière’s works online. Tout Moliere.net
Molière. Site Moliere
Moliere’s Verses Plays


O’Neill, Eugene Gladstone

Eugene O’Neill. Wikipedia entry.
Eugene O’Neill
Eugene O’Neill. Nobel Prize Archive
About Eugene O’Neill. PBS
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
Eugene O’Neill. IMDb
Eugene O’Neill. An introduction
Eugene O’Neill News. The New York Times

Osborne, John

John Osborne. Wikipedia, entry.


Pinter, Harold

The Harold Pinter Webpage
Harold Pinter.
Wikipedia entry on Harold Pinter.
Harold Pinter Nobel Prize Lecture

Pirandello, Luigi

Luigi Pirandello. Biography by the Nobel Foundation. 
Pirandello. ClassicNotes: Henry IV 
Pirandello. ClassicNotes: Six Characters in Search of an Author

Priestley, J. B.

J B Priestley. A complete guide to the playwright. Plays, theatres, agent
J.B. Priestley Archive, Library, University of Bradford
JB Priestley. The Guardian
An Inspector Calls


Rattigan, Terence

Terence Rattigan. Wikipedia entry.
Terence Rattigan, a dedicated website.
Terence Rattigan. IMDb
The fall and rise of Terence Rattigan. The Telegraph
Terence Rattigan. The Guardian

Sartre, Jean-Paul

No Exit, text in English.

Shaffer, Peter

Peter Shaffer, Wikipedia entry.

Shakespeare, William

See also:Shakespeare
William Shakespeare Oxford Society homepage. Information, life, resources, articles.

Shepherd, Sam

Sam Shepherd, Wikipedia entry.
Sam Shepherd Web Site

Stoppard, (Sir) Tom

Tom Stoppard, biography and background.
Tom Stoppard, Wikipedia entry.
Tom Stoppard. Guardian interview.
Tom Stoppard.
Tom Stoppard: an information page from British Council Literature
Tom Stoppard. Wikipedia
Tom Stoppard interview. The Telegraph
Tom Stoppard. The Guardian interview.


Wesker, Sir Arnold

Sir Arnold Wesker

Williams, Tennesse

Tennessee Williams, Wikipedia entry.
Tennessee Williams at the Internet Broadway Database
Tennessee Williams at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
A Streetcar Named Desire: Study Guide
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Tennessee Williams biography.
American Experience on PBS.
Tennessee Williams: An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center
Tennessee Williams Collection. University of Mississippi

Here, in a single volume, are four major plays by the first modern playwright, Henrick Ibsen. Ghosts -the startling portrayal of a family destroyed by disease and infidelity. The Wild Duck -- A poignant drama of lost illusions. An Enemy Of The People -- Ibsen's vigorous attack on public opinion.  And A Doll's House -- the play that scandalized the Victorian world with its unsparing views of love and marriage, featuring one of the most controversial heroines -- and one of the most famous exists -- in the literature of the stage.
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An accessible, contemporary guide to the art of dramatic writing

During the ten years that Stuart Spencer has taught playwriting, he has struggled to find an effective playwriting handbook for his courses. Although most of the currently popular handbooks have good ideas in them, they all suffer from the same problems: they're poorly organized; are composed mostly of quirky, idiosyncratic advice on how specific playwrights have gone about writing their own work; and are full of abstract theorizing on the nature of art. As a result, they fail to offer any concrete information on how to construct a well-written play or any useful guidelines and exercises. Moreover, few of these books are actually written by working playwrights. Out of frustration, Spencer wrote his own book. The result, The Playwright's Guidebook, is a clear, concise, and engaging handbook. Spencer addresses the important principles of structure, includes insightful writing exercises that build upon one another, explores the creative process, and troubleshoots recurrent problems that playwrights actually face.

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American playwrights have made enormous contributions to world drama during the last century, and their works are widely read and performed. This reference conveniently introduces 10 of the most important modern American plays read by students. An introductory essay concisely overviews modern American drama, and each of the chapters that follow examines a particular play. Among the plays discussed are Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, and August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Each chapter includes a biography, a plot summary, an analysis of the play's themes, characters, and dramatic art, and a review of its historical background and reception. Chapters list works for further reading, and the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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A collection of new, production tested translations of the four great plays by Anton Chekhov: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. These translations are both faithful to the rich, pure poetry and music of the original Russian language and at the same time fluid for the modern actor and accessible for the contemporary American audience. Included is a glossary and pronunciation guide.
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The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio. 'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention. In the modern history of literature he is a unique moral figure, not a dreamer of rose-gardens but a cultivator of what will grow in the waste land, who can make us see the exhilarating design that thorns and yucca share with whatever will grow anywhere.' - Hugh Kenner Contents: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, All That Fall, Acts Without Words, Krapp's Last Tape, Roughs for the Theatre, Embers, Roughs for the Radio, Words and Music, Cascando, Play, Film, The Old Tune, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Breath, Not I, That Time, Footfalls, Ghost Trio,...but the clouds..., A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, Quad, Catastrophe, Nacht und Traume, What Where.
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Plays Five:
The Real Thing
Night & Day;
Indian Ink;

This fifth collection of Tom Stoppard's plays brings together five classic plays by one of the most celebrated dramatists writing in the English language.

Arcadia received the Evening Standard, the Oliver, and the Critics Awards and
The Real Thing won a Tony Award.

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