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30 Must Read Plays

Here at iampro we love to read, especially plays! If you are looking to break into the acting industry, or just have a passion for theatre, it is really important to read plays. Not only do they give you an insight into the roots of acting itself, but they spark imagination and creativity.

Most plays contain clues on how to bring words to life when transforming written content into performance. The more you read, the more you can expand your knowledge on all things theatrical, and this could really help you in castings. You must read plays if you are struggling with memorising or learning lines quickly – they offer the perfect opportunity to practice your line reading skills.

Here is our pick of some must read plays (some old classics and some modern) to get you started!

Must read plays for actors

1.     Banana Boys, Evan Placey (2016)

2.     Henry’s Law (2014)

3.     Chewing Gum Dreams, Michaela Cole (2013)

4.     Really Really (2012)

5.     Tigers be Still, Kim Rosenstick (2010)

6.     Punk Rock, Simon Stephens (2009)

7.     Kindertransport, Diane Samuels (2008)

8.     From Up Here, Liz Flahive (2008)

9.     Leaves, Lucy Cadwell (2007)

10.  Speech and Debate, Stephen Karam (2007)

11.  On the shore of the wide wide world, Simon Stevens (2005)

12.  The Clean House, Sarah Ruhl (2004)

13.  Angels in America, Tony Kushner (2003)

14.  Ascension Day, Timothy Mason (1991)

15.  The Loman Family Picnic (1989)

16.  Top Girls, Caryl Churchill (1982)

17.  Betrayal, Harold Pinter (1978)

18.  A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry (1959)

19.  Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill (1956)

20.  The Crucible, Arthur Miller (1953)

21.  Picnic, William Inge (1953)

22.  Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett (1953)

23.  A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams (1947)

24.  The Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers (1946)

25.  Our Town, Thornton Wider (1938)

26.  The Seagull, Anton Chekhov (1896)

27.  The importance of being earnest, Oscar Wilde (1895)

28.  A Dolls House, Henrik Ibsen (1879)

29.  The Rover, Aphra Behn (1677)

30.  Hamlet, Shakespeare (1609)

We hope you enjoy some of these must read plays! Let us know what you think about this list and what you would add to it. And if you are interested in learning more about acting, have a look at our courses.

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