British Women Playwrights

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Throughout history, there have been many British women playwrights who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female playwrights such as Doris Lessing, Frances Burney, Caryl Churchill, Dorothy L. Sayers, Frances Hodgson Burnett.
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Sophie Hunter
(Theatre Director)
Sophie Hunter
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Birthdate: March 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

Sophie Hunter is an English playwright, opera director, and former performer. She is credited with co-founding and popularizing a theatre company called Boileroom, which was honored with the Samuel Theatre Trust Award in 2007 for its play The Terrific Electric, which marked Sophie Hunter's directorial debut.

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Daphne du Maurier
(English Novelist, Biographer and Playwright)
Daphne du Maurier
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Birthdate: May 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 19, 1989

Daphne du Maurier was an English playwright and author. Many of her works, which have been praised for narrative craft, have been adapted into films, including three of Alfred Hitchcock's movies. Such was her popularity that she was selected along with four other Women of Achievement to be featured on a set of British stamps, which were issued in 1996.

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Aphra Behn
(Playwright)
Aphra Behn
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Birthdate: July 10, 1640
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Died: April 16, 1689
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Carol Ann Duffy
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Birthdate: December 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Amelia Bullmore
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Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
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Caryl Churchill
(British Playwright Best Known for Her Plays: ‘Top Girls’, ‘Cloud 9’ and ‘Serious Money’)
Caryl Churchill
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Birthdate: September 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

British playwright Caryl Churchill is best-known for works that emphasize on feminist-issues, sexual-politics and abuses of power. Most renowned works of Churchill, who also gained attention for using non-naturalistic techniques, include the farce Cloud 9 about sexual politics; the play Top Girls that deals with feminist issues; and the satirical play Serious Money that was largely written in rhyming couplets.

Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924
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Dorothy L. Sayers
(English crime writer and poet.)
Dorothy L. Sayers
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Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 17, 1957
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Julia Donaldson
(Writer, Playwright, Author, Children's writer)
Julia Donaldson
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Birthdate: September 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
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Sarah Kane
(Playwright, Writer)
Sarah Kane
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Birthdate: February 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brentwood
Died: February 20, 1999
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Lucy Prebble
(Playwright)
Lucy Prebble
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Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Haslemere, England
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Sharman Macdonald
(Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter)
Sharman Macdonald
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Birthdate: February 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glasgow
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Kate Atkinson
(Novelist)
Kate Atkinson
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Birthdate: December 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: York, England
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Mary Hayley Bell
(English Writer and Actress Who is Best Remembered for Her Novel 'Whistle Down')
Mary Hayley Bell
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Birthdate: January 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: December 1, 2005

Mary Hayley Bell was an English writer and actress. She is perhaps best remembered for her novel Whistle Down the Wind, which was later adapted into a film with her daughter Hayley Mills playing the lead role. As far as her acting career is concerned, Mary Hayley Bell had a prominent stage acting career for about a decade. 

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Katharine Viner
(Journalist)
Katharine Viner
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Birthdate: January 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
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Laura Wade
(Writer)
Laura Wade
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Birthdate: October 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedford
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Sue Townsend
(Writer and Humorist Best Known for Creating the Character 'Adrian Mole')
Sue Townsend
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Birthdate: April 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicester, England
Died: April 10, 2014

Best known for creating the protagonist Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend was a legendary comic writer from Britain. Apart from the Adrian Mole series, she had also penned other novels and plays. A chain-smoker as a teenager, she had her first marriage at 18 and was a mother of three by 22.

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Caroline Graham
(Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer)
Caroline Graham
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Birthdate: July 17, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nuneaton
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Judy Campbell
(Actor, Playwright)
Judy Campbell
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Birthdate: May 31, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grantham
Died: June 6, 2004
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Susannah Doyle
(Actor, Film actor)
Susannah Doyle
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Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames
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Hannah More
(Writer, Poet, Essayist)
Hannah More
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Birthdate: February 2, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fishponds
Died: September 7, 1833

English religious author Hannah More soared to literary fame with the release of Village Politics, penned under the pseudonym Will Chip. Its popularity made her write an entire series of tracts that educated the poor. She also established clubs and schools, apart from opposing slavery along with the Clapham Sect.

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Baroness Orczy
(British Novelist and Playwright Best Known for Her Series of Novels Featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel)
Baroness Orczy
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Birthdate: September 23, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tarnaörs, Heves County, Hungary
Died: November 12, 1947

Best known for her historical novel The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hungarian-British novelist Emma Orczy was the only child of noted composer Baron Felix Orczy. While she initially studied art, she later took to writing. Apart from the Pimpernel sequels, she also penned several collections of detective stories, such as Lady Molly of Scotland Yard.

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Mina Loy
(Poet)
Mina Loy
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Birthdate: December 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 25, 1966
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Felicia Hemans
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Birthdate: September 25, 1793
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: May 16, 1835
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Eliza Haywood
(British author)
Eliza Haywood
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Birthdate: 1693 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1756
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Enid Bagnold
(Author)
Enid Bagnold
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Birthdate: October 27, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester, England
Died: March 31, 1981
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Brigid Brophy
(British Writer Whose Satiric, Witty Novels Explore the Psychology of Sex)
Brigid Brophy
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Birthdate: June 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ealing, England
Died: August 7, 1995

Author, feminist, and social activist Brigid Brophy mostly dealt with themes such as sexual liberation in her works. One of the first to demand legalization of gay marriage in England, she was also against imposing monogamy. Her Fifty Works of English and American Literature We Could Do Without created furore.

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Katherine Philips
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Birthdate: January 1, 1632
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 22, 1664
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Mary Russell Mitford
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Birthdate: December 16, 1787
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Alresford, England
Died: January 10, 1855
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Charlotte Lennox
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Birthdate: 1730 AD
Birthplace: Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Died: January 4, 1804
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Margaret Kennedy
(Novelist & Playwright)
Margaret Kennedy
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Birthdate: April 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hyde Park Gate, London, England
Died: July 31, 1967
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Pamela Hansford Johnson
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Birthdate: May 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 19, 1981
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Susanna Rowson
(Novelist)
Susanna Rowson
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Birthdate: 1762 AD
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: March 2, 1824
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Elizabeth Inchbald
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Birthdate: October 15, 1753
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suffolk, England
Died: August 1, 1821
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Delarivier Manley
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Birthdate: 1663 AD
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
Died: July 11, 1724
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Elaine Feinstein
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Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bootle, England
Died: September 23, 2019
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Pam Gems
(Playwright)
Pam Gems
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Birthdate: August 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bransgore, England
Died: May 13, 2011
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Elsie Fogerty
(Teacher)
Elsie Fogerty
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Birthdate: December 16, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydenham, London, England
Died: July 4, 1945
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Kitty Clive
(Actress)
Kitty Clive
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Birthdate: November 5, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 6, 1785
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Jan Mark
(Writer)
Jan Mark
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Birthdate: June 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England
Died: January 16, 2006
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Anne Ridler
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Birthdate: July 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby, England
Died: October 15, 2001
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Julia Jones
(Actress)
Julia Jones
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Birthdate: March 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Derby, Liverpool, England, UK
Died: October 9, 2015
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Maria Theresa Kemble
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Birthdate: January 17, 1774
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 3, 1838
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Rebecca Humphries
(Actress, Playwright)
Rebecca Humphries
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Birthdate: October 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwich