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81 Edward Bond

Bond took the Brecht legacy and extended it into other worlds.

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82 Howard Brenton

Muscular dialogue that verges on the steroidal.

'Christie in Love' is a particular favourite.

His work veers joyously from strip cartoon to Brechtian fable to high lyricism. Anarchic, adventurous theatre.

83 David Hare

Highly accomplished and intelligent writing; slightly lacking in thrill factor.

I'm a big fan of his early work, esp 'Shiver Me Timbers' and 'Catch As Catch Can'.

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84 Mark Ravenhill

Occasional shoe fetishism in evidence, esp in the early plays.

Verbal wit, a resistance to old morality and a keen sense of sociology are his strengths. A lack of depth and characterisation are his weaknesses.

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85 Jon Fosse

Affectionately known as 'Fosse Bear'.

A bunko artist of the highest order.

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86 Simon Gray

Amazing how much he wrote given his prodigious daily consumption of champagne.

Entertaining inquisitions into the pampered world of the London intelligentsia.

An improbable mix of theatrical savvy and alcohol/nicotine slavery.

87 T.S. Eliot T.S. Eliot Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM, (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an American-born British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and one of the 20th century's major poets.

'Murder in the cathedral' was a knockout,

Not much known for his plays, yet they still have a great value

88 E.E. Cummings E.E. Cummings Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings (October 14, 1894 – September 3, 1962), often styled as e e cummings (in the style of some of his poems), was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays and several essays. more.

A great pity his plays are not more widely known.

Brilliantly anticipated absurdist theatre with the wonderfully surreal 'him' (1927).

89 Peter Weiss

'Marat Sade' was one of the most powerful theatrical experiences of my life.

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90 Snoo Wilson

A lullaby of hot words splashed onto the page with wild abandon.

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91 Alan Bleasdale

Like Potter mostly known for his T.V. work which is unfailingly brilliant. Look no further than 'The Boys from the Blackstuff'.

92 John Webster

Grandfather of the horror movie.

The Duchess of Malfi is a fantastic play

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