100 Plays to Read

100 Plays to Read

The students on our full time acting course come from a diverse set of backgrounds. Some are professionals from other fields, some have finished school and college, others have higher degrees. Most do not have a strong theatre background. To develop their understanding of the field, we encourage them to read 100 plays before they leave the course.

The full-time acting course is super busy, so 100 is the target, they won't always reach that. But every play they read starts to build their knowledge of good writing and their sensitivity to plays.

This is the list that we give them. How many have you already read? At Acting Coach Scotland, we have a small physical library of plays that students can check out with our administrator Haley, but also there's an online resource called Drama Online with access to thousands of plays. 

This list is not meant to be the best plays, although many of them are wonderful but to develop the breadth and depth of dramatic writing. Is there stuff missing? Sure. Did we have to choose one set of plays by an esteemed writer over another? Yes. Feel to replace a play with another choice if you think it will serve you.

  1. Aeschylus - The Oresteia
  2. Euripides - Medea
  3. Sophocles - Antigone
  4. Aristophanes - Lysistrata
  5. Anon - Everyman
  6. Marlowe - Dr Faustus
  7. Moliere - The Misanthrope
  8. Shakespeare - Hamlet
  9. Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
  10. Shakespeare - A Midsummer
  11. John Webster - The Duchess of Malfi
  12. Oliver Goldsmith - She Stoops to Conquer
  13. Richard Sheridan - The School for Scandal
  14. Richard Sheridan - The Rivals
  15. Georg Buchner - Woyzeck
  16. Ibsen - A Doll’s House
  17. Ibsen - Hedda Gabbler
  18. Strindberg’s - Miss Julie
  19. Frank Wedekind - Spring Awakening
  20. Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest
  21. Anton Chekhov - Uncle Vanya
  22. Anton Chekhov - The Three Sisters
  23. George Bernard Shaw - Major Barbara
  24. J M Synge - The Playboy of the Western World
  25. Noel Coward - Private Lives
  26. Noel Coward - Blithe Spirit
  27. Sean O’Casey - Juno and the Paycock
  28. Sean O’Casey - Plough and the stars
  29. Frederico Garcia Lorca - Blood Wedding
  30. Thornton Wilder - Our Town
  31. Bertolt Brecht - Fear and Misery in the Third Reich
  32. JB Priestley - An Inspector Calls
  33. Terence Rattigan - The Winslow Boy
  34. Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire
  35. John Osborne - Look Back in Anger
  36. Arthur Miller - All My Sons
  37. Arthur Miller - The Crucible
  38. Harold Pinter - The Birthday Party
  39. Harold Pinter - The Lover
  40. Edward Albee - Zoo Story
  41. Joan Littlewood - Oh What a Lovely War
  42. Peter Shaffer - The Royal Hunt for the Sun
  43. Edward Bond - Saved
  44. Joe Orton’s - Loot
  45. Mike Leigh - Abigail’s Party
  46. Brian Friel - Translations
  47. Willy Russell - Educating Rita
  48. Caryl Churchill - Top Girls
  49. David Mamet - Oleanna
  50. David Mamet - Race
  51. David Hare - Skylight
  52. David Hare - Amy’s View
  53. Sarah Kane - Blasted
  54. Neil Labute - The Shape of Things
  55. Neil Labute - Some Girls
  56. Martin McDonagh - The Lieutenant of Inishmore
  57. Patrick Marber - Closer
  58. Alan Bennett - The History Boys
  59. Anthony Neilson - Stitching
  60. Zinnie Harris - Further than the Furthest Thing
  61. Tom Stoppard - The Real Thing
  62. Sam Shepard - True West
  63. Sam Shepard - Buried Child
  64. Dario Fo - Accidental Death of an Anarchist
  65. Emile Zola - Therese Raquin
  66. Tony Kushner - Angels in America Part 1
  67. Tracy Letts - August Osage County
  68. Lucy Prebble - The Effect
  69. Ella Hickson - Precious Little Talent
  70. Ella Hickson - Eight
  71. Peter Nichols - A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
  72. Rona Munro - Iron
  73. Rona Munro - The Astronaut’s Chair
  74. Sam Steiner - Lemons, Lemons, Lemons
  75. Nina Raine - Rabbit
  76. George Brant - Grounded
  77. Chloe Moss - This Wide Night
  78. Deborah Bruce - The Distance
  79. Alice Birch - Many Moons
  80. Chris Chiball - Kiss Me Like You Mean It
  81. Dennis Kelly - Orphans
  82. Joanna Murray Smith - Honour
  83. Simon Stephens - Punk Rock
  84. Laura Wade - Breathing Corpses
  85. David Greig - The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union.
  86. David Harrower - Blackbird
  87. David Harrower - Knives in Hens
  88. Jennifer Haley - The Nether
  89. Mike Bartlett - Bull
  90. Mike Bartlett - 13
  91. Anne Devlin - After Easter
  92. Amelia Bullmore - Di and Viv and Rose
  93. Lucy Caldwell - Leaves
  94. Gregory Burke - Gagarin Way
  95. Stef Smith - Girl in the Machine
  96. Carol Ann Duffy and Rufus Norris - My Country
  97. Debbie Tucker Green - Dirty Butterfly
  98. Penelope Skinner - The Village Bike
  99. Cathy Forde - Empty
  100. Peter Gill - The York Realist

Enjoy reading from our list, and if you're starting our full-time course in 2019 - get yourself a head start.

 

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