Best British Playwrights

Really, the list should be called "Best British Playwrights after Shakespeare" as his position at #1 is a given. Highly subjective and many wonderful playwrights aren't included. To be honest, the list should probably be called "Best British Playwrights after Shakespeare that I Have Read." Hopefully, folks will add more and point me in the direction of great playwrights that I should read.

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The Top Ten

1 William Shakespeare - Macbeth (1611) William Shakespeare - Macbeth (1611) William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

Macbeth is his darkest, bloodiest play from which we get lines like:

"Something wicked this way comes"

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing." - Blue_Devereaux

William Shakespeare is hands down the best play writer of all time - Ajkloth

Theatrical hogwash for the masses.

2 Noel Coward - Private Lives (1930)
3 Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

He was Irish, not British. Shouldn't be on the list

He lived and wrote in England.

4 Harold Pinter - The Birthday Party (1957)
5 John Osborne - Look Back in Anger (1956)

Osbourne was a boor and a bore; one of the most overrated playwrights in British history. Hot air and bile masquerading as serious drama.

Beginning of modern british drama - Blue_Devereaux

6 Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1966)

This SUCKS! I'm going to be mean with it and spoil it. Everyone wants to know how did those two salamis die and IT DOESN'T SAY! Besides, it sucks. And it is quite unoriginal. It's based on Hamlet's background. It's worth making a barbecue with this book! - keyson

7 Mike Leigh - Abigail's Party (1977)
8 George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion (1912) George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion (1912) George Bernard Shaw, known at his insistence simply as Bernard Shaw, was an Irish playwright, critic, polemicist, and political activist. His influence on Western theatre, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond.
9 Joe Orton - Loot (1965)
10 Caryl Churchill - Serious Money (1987)
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Top Remixes

1. William Shakespeare - Macbeth (1611)
2. Noel Coward - Private Lives (1930)
3. Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)


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