Unit 6.1

Cinema and theatrical arts: Theatre


Playwrights and Internationally Renowned Theatre Works

  • Alan Bennett is an English playwright from Leeds. He is especially known for the plays “The Madness of George III” and “The History Boys” for which he was awarded three Olivier Awards and six Tony Awards.
  • Caryl Churchill is a British playwright, born in London. In her works, she often uses the theme of abusing power and explores feminist themes and sexual politics.
  • Harold Pinter was an English playwright, writer, theatre director and screenwriter. In 2005 he won The Nobel Prize in literature. He is the representative of The Theatre of the Absurd. His most famous works are “The Birthday Party“, “The Homecoming” and “Betrayal.”
  • Sir Alan Ayckbourn is a British playwright and director. He has created over 70 plays, some of the most famous are: Absurd Person Singular, Woman in Mind, A Small Family Business, Man of the Moment, and Private Fears in Public Places. He received Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, “Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce”, and his plays have won many awards.
  • Sir Tom Stoppard is a British screenwriter and playwright. He is known for his verbal excellence and clever action. Some of his most famous works are: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead“, “The Real Thing”, “Arcadia.” The screenplay for the movie “Shakespeare in Love“, on which he worked, won an Oscar. He was ranked 11th in “100 most powerful people in British culture” by The Daily Mail.
  • William Shakespeare not only was a poet but also a playwright. His most famous plays are Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Macbeth.
  • Bola Agbaje is an award-winning British playwright of Nigerian origin. Her play named Gone Too Far! won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
  • The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the German story Faust. Doctor Faustus has raised much controversy because of interactions with the demonic realm. Because of his play, other authors began expanding their views of the spiritual world.
  • The Rover or The Banish’d Cavaliers is a play divided into two parts written by the English author Aphra Behn. It has multiple plot lines about the adventures of a group of Englishmen and women in Naples at Carnival time. 
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