If you think penning a drama is as easy as picking a pen and scribbling a sequential story or plot, go ahead. It won’t be too long before you realize that there is more to playwriting that mere play of words. You need inherent creative prowess, engrained ingenuity, vivid imagination and a gripping story to actually write a play. And still it is a job half done for what is a playwright if not for great actors who live up the characters! Coming to playwriting and playwrights, Britain has been the hotspot of theatrical shows since times immemorial. London stage has had the privilege of hosting plays by some of the most creative and original playwrights of the world. Needless to say, British playwrights are masters in this art form of literature – they have an intrinsic understanding of dramatic structure and a deep-embedded insight and knowledge for playwriting. Some of the flourishing British playwrights who have swayed the audience with their play of words and storytelling capabilities include William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, John Osborne, Lord Byron, D.H. Lawrence, Caryl Churchill, Howard Barker, George Bernard Shaw, Alan Plater, Stephen Lowe and Roy Williams. Keep on reading to get an exhaustive list of some of the famous British playwrights of all times.
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
26 April 1564
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564
Playwright, Poet
D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631
Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894
Novelist and Playwright

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672
Essayist & Poet
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill
03 September 1938
Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist
Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
16 September 1880

John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685
Dramatist & Poet
Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell
24 October 1932

William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874
Novelist & Playwright
Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform

Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870

Rebecca HumphriesRebecca Humphries
03 October 1987
Actress, Playwright
Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,
Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,

Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,

Rory KinnearRory Kinnear
17 February 1978

Zoe KazanZoe Kazan
09 September 1983
Russell ToveyRussell Tovey
14 November 1981
Actor, Playwright

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Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science

Clive BarkerClive Barker
05 October 1952
Film director, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD
television producer, screenwriter, playwright

Douglas HodgeDouglas Hodge
25 February 1960
Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
screenwriter, playwright, writer

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Beverley CrossBeverley Cross
13 April 1931
Screenwriter, Librettist

Alan BennettAlan Bennett
09 May 1934
Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Diarist, Writer

David HaigDavid Haig
20 September 1955
Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964

Anthony NewleyAnthony Newley
24 September 1931
Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer,
Ian McEwanIan McEwan
21 June 1948
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film

Mike LeighMike Leigh
20 February 1943
Film director, Actor, Playwright, Theatre

Anthony MinghellaAnthony Minghella
06 January 1954
Screenwriter, Playwright, Film director, Film

Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923

Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Steven BerkoffSteven Berkoff
03 August 1937

Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947

Jack ThorneJack Thorne
06 December 1978
Screenwriter, Writer

Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer
Irvine WelshIrvine Welsh
27 September 1958
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright,

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896
Christopher IsherwoodChristopher Isherwood
26 August 1904

Ian OgilvyIan Ogilvy
30 September 1943

Leigh LawsonLeigh Lawson
21 July 1945
Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951
Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Dramaturge, Writer, Playwright, Children's writer,

John OsborneJohn Osborne
12 December 1929
Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Simon ArmitageSimon Armitage
26 May 1963
Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Winston GrahamWinston Graham
30 June 1908

Ralph BrownRalph Brown
18 June 1957

John WebsterJohn Webster
1578 AD
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer
Joe OrtonJoe Orton
01 January 1933
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977

Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971
Playwright, Writer

Leslie BricusseLeslie Bricusse
29 January 1931
Composer, Musician, Playwright, Lyricist,

Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University
Len DeightonLen Deighton
18 February 1929

Jez ButterworthJez Butterworth
29 February 1969

Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911

William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator

Alan AyckbournAlan Ayckbourn
12 April 1939
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, Theatre director
Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist

Patrick MarberPatrick Marber
19 September 1964
Comedian, Playwright, Film director, Puppeteer,
George ArlissGeorge Arliss
10 April 1868
Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer,

David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,

Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff
01 December 1952
Writer, Screenwriter, Playwright
Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971

Terence RattiganTerence Rattigan
10 June 1911
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,

Peter ShafferPeter Shaffer
15 May 1926
Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer, Literary critic

Brian FrielBrian Friel
09 January 1929
Writer, Playwright, Theatre director, Politician

Robert BoltRobert Bolt
15 August 1924
Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer
Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer

Thomas KydThomas Kyd
06 November 1558
playwright, writer
Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946

Peter MoffatPeter Moffat
Nigel KnealeNigel Kneale
18 April 1922

Dennis KellyDennis Kelly
16 November 1970
Writer, Screenwriter
Sean GilderSean Gilder
01 March 1964