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
Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
Screenwriter

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960
Actor

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987
Actress

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564
Playwright, Poet

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

D. H. LawrenceD. H. Lawrence
11 September 1885
Novelist

Sir James Matthew BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie
09 May 1860
Writer
Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870
Poet
Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937
Playwright

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964
Actress

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

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
Novelist

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Writer
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874
Novelist & Playwright
Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672
Essayist & Poet

Caryl ChurchillCaryl Churchill
03 September 1938
Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist

Frances BurneyFrances Burney
13 June 1752
Novelist
John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685
Dramatist & Poet

Alfred NoyesAlfred Noyes
16 September 1880
Poet
Adrian MitchellAdrian Mitchell
24 October 1932
Poet

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

Rebecca HumphriesRebecca Humphries
03 October 1987
Actress, Playwright
Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,

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Zoe KazanZoe Kazan
09 September 1983
Actress
Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Actress

Douglas HodgeDouglas Hodge
25 February 1960
Actor

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

Rory KinnearRory Kinnear
17 February 1978
Actor
Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer
Beverley CrossBeverley Cross
13 April 1931
Screenwriter, Librettist

Steven BerkoffSteven Berkoff
03 August 1937
Actor

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

Mike LeighMike Leigh
20 February 1943
Film director, Actor, Playwright, Theatre
Ian McEwanIan McEwan
21 June 1948
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film

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

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896
Actor

Ian OgilvyIan Ogilvy
30 September 1943
Actor
David HaigDavid Haig
20 September 1955
Actor

Simon ArmitageSimon Armitage
26 May 1963
Poet
Peter MoffatPeter Moffat
 

David HareDavid Hare
05 June 1947
playwright, screenwriter, film director, theatre

Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer
Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Joe OrtonJoe Orton
01 January 1933
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986
Actress

Christopher IsherwoodChristopher Isherwood
26 August 1904
Novelist

Leigh LawsonLeigh Lawson
21 July 1945
Actor

Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947
Composer

Jack ThorneJack Thorne
06 December 1978
Screenwriter, Writer
Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971
Journalist

Ralph BrownRalph Brown
18 June 1957
Actor

Dennis KellyDennis Kelly
16 November 1970
Writer, Screenwriter

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

Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977
Writer
Edward Bulwer-LyttonEdward Bulwer-Lytton
25 May 1803
Writer

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

Sean GilderSean Gilder
01 March 1964
Actor
Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD
television producer, screenwriter, playwright

Len DeightonLen Deighton
18 February 1929
Writer
Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951
Novelist

Jack RosenthalJack Rosenthal
08 September 1931
Playwright

Terence RattiganTerence Rattigan
10 June 1911
Playwright
Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971
Playwright, Writer

Howard StauntonHoward Staunton
01 April 1810
Chess Master
Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911
Actress

Hanif KureishiHanif Kureishi
05 December 1954
Playwright

Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916
Actor, Playwright

Stephen PoliakoffStephen Poliakoff
01 December 1952
Writer, Screenwriter, Playwright
Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878
Dramatist
Jez ButterworthJez Butterworth
29 February 1969
Playwright

Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer

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

Winston GrahamWinston Graham
30 June 1908
Novelist
W. S. GilbertW. S. Gilbert
18 November 1836
Dramatist

Peter ShafferPeter Shaffer
15 May 1926
Playwright

Dennis PotterDennis Potter
17 May 1935
Screenwriter

Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University

Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946
Writer
Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,

Robert BoltRobert Bolt
15 August 1924
Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer
Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist

William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator
Patrick MarberPatrick Marber
19 September 1964
Comedian, Playwright, Film director, Puppeteer,
Deobia OpareiDeobia Oparei