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
Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963

Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960

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
Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564
Playwright, Poet

Lashana LynchLashana Lynch
27 November 1987

Harold PinterHarold Pinter
10 October 1930
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer
Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849

John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631

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

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893
Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

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

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

Rebecca HumphriesRebecca Humphries
03 October 1987
Actress, Playwright
A.P. HerbertA.P. Herbert
24 September 1890
Humorist, Novelist, Playwright & Law Reform

Alfred DouglasAlfred Douglas
22 October 1870

Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Russell ToveyRussell Tovey
14 November 1981
Actor, Playwright

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Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
Zoe KazanZoe Kazan
09 September 1983

Clive BarkerClive Barker
05 October 1952

Rory KinnearRory Kinnear
17 February 1978

Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science
Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923
Philip PullmanPhilip Pullman
19 October 1946
Writer, Novelist, University teacher, Playwright,

Douglas HodgeDouglas Hodge
25 February 1960

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

Steven BerkoffSteven Berkoff
03 August 1937
Anthony MinghellaAnthony Minghella
06 January 1954
Screenwriter, Playwright, Film director, Film

Beverley CrossBeverley Cross
13 April 1931
Screenwriter, Librettist

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

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

Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,
Jack ThorneJack Thorne
06 December 1978
Screenwriter, Writer

Ian OgilvyIan Ogilvy
30 September 1943
Christopher IsherwoodChristopher Isherwood
26 August 1904

David HaigDavid Haig
20 September 1955

Dennis KellyDennis Kelly
16 November 1970
Writer, Screenwriter
Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947

Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986
Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977

Leigh LawsonLeigh Lawson
21 July 1945

Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896
Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD
television producer, screenwriter, playwright

John OsborneJohn Osborne
12 December 1929
Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer

Ralph BrownRalph Brown
18 June 1957

Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer
Ivor NovelloIvor Novello
15 January 1893
Actor, Playwright, Composer, Writer, Screenwriter,

Sean GilderSean Gilder
01 March 1964
Simon ArmitageSimon Armitage
26 May 1963

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951

Heathcote WilliamsHeathcote Williams
15 November 1941
Actor, Poet, Author, Screenwriter, Writer
Joe OrtonJoe Orton
01 January 1933
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer

Len DeightonLen Deighton
18 February 1929
Jack RosenthalJack Rosenthal
08 September 1931

W. S. GilbertW. S. Gilbert
18 November 1836

Edward Bulwer-LyttonEdward Bulwer-Lytton
25 May 1803
Dennis PotterDennis Potter
17 May 1935

Jez ButterworthJez Butterworth
29 February 1969
Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878

Winston GrahamWinston Graham
30 June 1908

Oskar KokoschkaOskar Kokoschka
01 March 1886
Painter, Playwright, Writer, Poet, University
Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971
Playwright, Writer
Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916
Actor, Playwright

Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911

Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer

John WebsterJohn Webster
1578 AD
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Poet lawyer
Hanif KureishiHanif Kureishi
05 December 1954

Tom KempinskiTom Kempinski
24 March 1938
Actor, Film actor

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

Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Patrick MarberPatrick Marber
19 September 1964
Comedian, Playwright, Film director, Puppeteer,

Peter ShafferPeter Shaffer
15 May 1926
David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,

Terence RattiganTerence Rattigan
10 June 1911
William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator
Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722