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
Mark RylanceMark Rylance
18 January 1960

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Sophie HunterSophie Hunter
16 March 1978
Theatre Director

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

John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631
Tom StoppardTom Stoppard
03 July 1937

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572
Dramatist, Poet & Actor
J. B. PriestleyJ. B. Priestley
13 September 1894
Novelist and Playwright

Doris LessingDoris Lessing
22 October 1919
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Dorothy L. SayersDorothy L. Sayers
13 June 1893

Amelia BullmoreAmelia Bullmore
31 January 1964

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett
24 November 1849
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
John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685
Dramatist & Poet

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

Robert GreeneRobert Greene
14 May 1959
Writer, Playwright

William MaughamWilliam Maugham
25 January 1874
Novelist & 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

Zoe KazanZoe Kazan
09 September 1983

Michaela CoelMichaela Coel
01 October 1987
Rory KinnearRory Kinnear
17 February 1978

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Percy Bysshe ShelleyPercy Bysshe Shelley
04 August 1792
Linguist, Poet, Translator, Writer, Playwright,
Russell ToveyRussell Tovey
14 November 1981
Actor, Playwright

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

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

Peter MorganPeter Morgan
10 April 1963
screenwriter, playwright, writer
Julia JonesJulia Jones
27 March 1923
Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer
15 April 1940
Politician, Novelist, Writer, Playwright, Science

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

Douglas HodgeDouglas Hodge
25 February 1960

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

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

Beverley CrossBeverley Cross
13 April 1931
Screenwriter, Librettist

David HaigDavid Haig
20 September 1955

Mike LeighMike Leigh
20 February 1943
Film director, Actor, Playwright, Theatre
Ben EltonBen Elton
03 May 1959
Actor, Comedian, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter,

Arnold RidleyArnold Ridley
07 January 1896
Sarah SolemaniSarah Solemani
04 September 1986

Simon ArmitageSimon Armitage
26 May 1963

Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson
16 September 1948
Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer
Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947

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

Ralph BrownRalph Brown
18 June 1957

Sally WainwrightSally Wainwright
1963 AD
television producer, screenwriter, playwright

Leigh LawsonLeigh Lawson
21 July 1945

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

Ewan MacCollEwan MacColl
25 January 1915
Singer, Playwright, Record producer, Composer

Kate AtkinsonKate Atkinson
20 December 1951

Len DeightonLen Deighton
18 February 1929
Jack ThorneJack Thorne
06 December 1978
Screenwriter, Writer

Joe OrtonJoe Orton
01 January 1933
Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer
Jack RosenthalJack Rosenthal
08 September 1931

Sean GilderSean Gilder
01 March 1964

Edward Bulwer-LyttonEdward Bulwer-Lytton
25 May 1803
Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Christopher SmartChristopher Smart
11 April 1722
Mary Hayley BellMary Hayley Bell
22 January 1911

Katharine VinerKatharine Viner
04 January 1971

Emma OrczyEmma Orczy
23 September 1865
W. S. GilbertW. S. Gilbert
18 November 1836

Hanif KureishiHanif Kureishi
05 December 1954
Winston GrahamWinston Graham
30 June 1908

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

Jez ButterworthJez Butterworth
29 February 1969

Leslie BricusseLeslie Bricusse
29 January 1931
Composer, Musician, Playwright, Lyricist,
Elias CanettiElias Canetti
25 July 1905
Writer, Aphorist, Playwright, Chemist, Essayist
Sarah KaneSarah Kane
03 February 1971
Playwright, Writer

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

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

Caroline GrahamCaroline Graham
17 July 1931
Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer
Alan AyckbournAlan Ayckbourn
12 April 1939
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter, Theatre director

Peter ShafferPeter Shaffer
15 May 1926

Robert BoltRobert Bolt
15 August 1924
Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright, Writer

Sue TownsendSue Townsend
02 April 1946

Josephine TeyJosephine Tey
25 July 1896
Writer, Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter,
William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator

Terence RattiganTerence Rattigan
10 June 1911
John AgardJohn Agard
21 June 1949
Playwright, Writer, Poet, Children's writer

Judy CampbellJudy Campbell
31 May 1916
Actor, Playwright
David GarrickDavid Garrick
19 February 1717
Actor, Playwright, Film producer, Writer,
Laura WadeLaura Wade
16 October 1977