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
Writer
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564
Playwright, Poet

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist
Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Playwright

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894
Novelist and Playwright
John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631
poet

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Writer

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist

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
Novelist

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
16 September 1880
Poet
John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685
Dramatist & Poet

Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell
24 October 1932
Poet
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
Poet

Rebecca HumphriesRebecca Humphries
03 October 1987
Actress, Playwright
Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,

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

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Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923
Actress
Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
screenwriter, playwright, writer

Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,

Rory KinnearRory Kinnear
17 February 1978
Actor

Clive BarkerClive Barker
05 October 1952
Film director, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Douglas HodgeDouglas Hodge
25 February 1960
Actor
Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science

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

Anthony NewleyAnthony Newley
24 September 1931
Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer,

Steven BerkoffSteven Berkoff
03 August 1937
Actor
Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Ian McEwanIan McEwan
21 June 1948
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film

Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986
Actress

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

Beverley CrossBeverley Cross
13 April 1931
Screenwriter, Librettist
Mike LeighMike Leigh
20 February 1943
Film director, Actor, Playwright, Theatre

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896
Actor
Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Actress

David HaigDavid Haig
20 September 1955
Actor

Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947
Composer
Christopher IsherwoodChristopher Isherwood
26 August 1904
Novelist

Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964
Actress
Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer

Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Ian OgilvyIan Ogilvy
30 September 1943
Actor

Leigh LawsonLeigh Lawson
21 July 1945
Actor

Jack ThorneJack Thorne
06 December 1978
Screenwriter, Writer
John OsborneJohn Osborne
12 December 1929
Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer

Simon ArmitageSimon Armitage
26 May 1963
Poet

Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD
television producer, screenwriter, playwright

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951
Novelist
Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer

Robert BoltRobert Bolt
15 August 1924
Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer
Ralph BrownRalph Brown
18 June 1957
Actor

Jez ButterworthJez Butterworth
29 February 1969
Playwright

Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722
Poet
Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Joe OrtonJoe Orton
01 January 1933
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Len DeightonLen Deighton
18 February 1929
Writer

John WebsterJohn Webster
1578 AD
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer

Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971
Playwright, Writer
Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University

Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911
Actress
Hanif KureishiHanif Kureishi
05 December 1954
Playwright

Terence RattiganTerence Rattigan
10 June 1911
Playwright

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

Sean GilderSean Gilder
01 March 1964
Actor
Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971
Journalist
William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator

Winston GrahamWinston Graham
30 June 1908
Novelist

Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer

Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist
Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977
Writer

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

Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946
Writer

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

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff
01 December 1952
Writer, Screenwriter, Playwright

Patrick MarberPatrick Marber
19 September 1964
Comedian, Playwright, Film director, Puppeteer,
Dennis KellyDennis Kelly
16 November 1970
Writer, Screenwriter

Alan AyckbournAlan Ayckbourn
12 April 1939
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, Theatre director
George ArlissGeorge Arliss
10 April 1868
Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer,
Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916
Actor, Playwright