West End plays by esteemed playwrights and writers
From playwrights having their works debuted in the West End to revivals of plays by well-known writers, a successful West End show needs to feature a dazzling script. Read all about some of the playwrights whose works will be performed in the West End and book your tickets now to see these ten plays.
West End playwrights
The nineteenth-century Norwegian playwright is best known for works including Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck and Peter Gynt. In 2019, his play Rosmersholm was performed at the Duke of York’s Theatre, and in 2020, Jessica Chastain will star in Frank McGuinness’ adaptation of A Doll’s House.
As one of America’s greatest playwrights, it’s no surprise that plays by Tennessee Williams are often performed in London. Make sure you see a bold new revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof later this year, an iconic play that asks what it takes to be free.
Best known for writing To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee is one of the greatest American novellists of all time. In 2017, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her book about a lawyer in Alabama, however it’s the only fictional book she’s written! In 2020, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird will transfer to London, starring Rhys Ifans as Atticus Finch.
With two of her murder-mystery plays currently running in the West End, Agatha Christie is one of Britain’s leading playwrights. Mastering the art of writing a mysterious whodunnit, Christie went on to pen 66 novels during her lifetime. Christie herself was surprised at the longevity of The Mousetrap’s run when she was alive, initially thinking the play would only run for a few months. However, Christie’s plays continue to break records, with Witness for the Prosecution as the first production staged at London County Hall and The Mousetrap as the longest-running play in the world. Read all about Agatha Christie’s career here.