Posts Tagged ‘classic’


Here it is, a list of the great plays you should be reading, or at least have skimmed the cliff notes for. In no particular order:

Renaissance Reads: (if you can get through them, or watch the film versions)

William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, King Lear,that Scottish Play, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing… ehh, read ’em all.

Christopher (Kit) Marlowe: Doctor Faustus, Edward II, The Jew of Malta, etc.

Thomas Middleton: The Revenger’s Tragedy (I recommend!!), The Changeling, Women Beware Women, etc.

Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedy

John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi (recommend!) The White Devil

The Classics: (those fall back shows community theatres rely on)

Edward Albee: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Three Tall Women

David Auburn: Proof

Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot, Endgame

Bertolt Brecht: The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Good Person(Woman) of Szechwan

Anton Chekhov: Ivanov, The Seagull, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya

Agatha Christie: The Mousetrap, Witness for the Prosecution, The Unexpected Guest

Noel Coward: Blithe Spirit, Private Lives, Hay Fever

Christopher Durang: Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Baby With the Bath Water, The Actor’s Nightmare, Beyond Therapy

Michael Frayn: Noises Off

Brian Friel: Dancing at Lughnasa

Lorraine Hansberry: A Raisin in the Sun

Ron Hutchinson: Moonlight and Magnolias

David Henry Hwang: Madam Butterfly

Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, etc.

William Inge: Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic

David Ives: All in the Timing

Jerome Lawrence & Robert Lee: Inherit the Wind

Federico Garcia Lorca: Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba

Charles Ludlam: The Mystery of Irma Vep

Ken Ludwig: Moon Over Buffalo

David Mamet: American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna

Conor McPherson: The Seafarer, The Weir

Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman, The Crucible

Moliere: The Misanthrope, Tartuffe

Eugene O’Neill: A Long Day’s Journey into Night, Mourning Becomes Electra, Ah, Wilderness!, A Moon for the Misbegotten

Luigi Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author

Edmond Rostand: Cyrano De Bergerac

Peter Shaffer: Amadeus, Equus

George Bernard Shaw: Pygmalion, Arms and the Man, St. Joan, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, etc.

Sam Shepard: Buried Child

Neil Simon: The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Plaza Suite, Sweet Charity, Lost in Yonkers, etc.

John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men

Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

August Strindberg: Miss Julie

Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

Thorton Wilder: Our Town

Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Night of the Iguana, etc.

August Wilson: Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


This list is by no means complete. And you do not have to read everything that’s here either. Just get familiar with the names and playwrights.

This list is very heavily based on one created by one of my favorite theatre professors, Rob Barron. Thank You.

If you have suggestions for more titles, please comment!!!


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