History of Western Theatre: 17th Century to Now/Complete list of one-act plays in English on the Internet

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Austria[edit]

  • Arthur Schnitzler

The Lonely Way, Intermezzo, Countess Mizzie

http://www.archive.org/details/lonelywayinterm00hofmgoog

Living Hours

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/living_hours.html

Australia[edit]

  • Malcolm 'Max' Afford

Lazy in the sun

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1203891.txt

Consulting room

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks12/1203901.txt

Belgium[edit]

  • Maurice Maeterlinck

Home

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/home.html

The Intruder

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/intruder.html

Canada[edit]

Sea Turtle, Puppet Play, Happiness Hunting, Something New, Ferry Terminal, Los Variables, Sad Hoopla, Pre Post Eros, Two and One Half Pints

http://www.bo-o-rama.com/one-act-plays/

France[edit]

  • Emile Augier

The Post-Script

https://archive.org/details/fourplays00clargoog

https://archive.org/details/postscriptumcome00augirich

  • Tristan Bernard

French without a master

http://archive.org/details/frenchwithoutmas00bernrich

I'm going

http://archive.org/details/imgoingcomedyino00bernrich

  • Charles Rivière Dufresny

The Forfeiture

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4753

The Spirit of Contradiction

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/4752

  • Alfred de Musset, Emile Augier

The Green Coat

https://archive.org/details/greencoat00augigoog

  • Georges de Porto-Riche

Françoise's Luck

http://archive.org/details/fourplaysoffreet00clar

Germany[edit]

  • Roderich Benedix

Obstinacy

https://archive.org/details/obstinacyorwhos00benegoog

The Lawsuit

https://archive.org/details/cu31924026169700

  • Hermann Sudermann

The Eternal Masculine, Morituri, Teja-Fritzchen

http://archive.org/details/moriturithreeone00sudeiala

The Far-away Princess, Streaks of Light, The Last Visit, Margot

http://www.onread.com/books/key-one-act-plays

Hungary[edit]

  • Ferenc Molnar

A Matter of Husbands

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/matter_of_husbands.html

Ireland[edit]

  • Richard Butler, 2nd Earl of Glengall

The Irish Tutor

http://www.onread.com/book/The-Irish-tutor-or-New-lights-a-farce-in-one-act-951619/

  • Lord Dunsany

The Golden Doom, The Glittering Gate, The Lost Silk Hat

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41311

Cheezo, Fame And The Poet, The Flight Of The Queen, A Good Bargain, If Shakespeare Lived To-Day, A Night At An Inn, The Queen's Enemies

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • St John Ervine

The Magnanimous Lover, The Critics, The Orangeman

https://archive.org/details/fouririshplays00ervigoog

  • George Fitzmaurice

The Pie-Dish

https://archive.org/details/piedishplayinone00fitziala

  • Lady Gregory

The Bogie Men, The Full Moon, Coats, McDonough's Wife

http://archive.org/details/newcomedies00gregiala

Spreading the News

http://www.onread.com/book/Representative-one-act-plays-by-British-and-Irish-authors-359033/

  • Patrick Mcgeown

Railroaded

http://archive.org/details/Railroaded

  • Seumas O'Brien

Duty, Jurisprudence, Magnanimity, Matchmakers, Retribution

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11969

  • J.M. Synge

Riders To The Sea, In The Shadow Of The Glen

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

Riders to the Sea

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/riders_to_the_sea.html

  • William Butler Yeats

Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Dreaming Of The Bones, The Green Helmet, Land Of Heart's Desire, On Baile's Strand, The Only Jealousy Of Emer

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

Italy[edit]

  • Giuseppe Giacosa

The Wager

https://archive.org/details/wagerpoeticcomed00giaciala

Poland[edit]

  • Henryk Sienkiewicz

Whose Fault?

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/13936/

Russia[edit]

  • Anton Chekhov

The Wedding

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

Spain[edit]

  • Jacinto Benavente

No Smoking

http://archive.org/details/playsbyjacintobe00bena

  • Eduardo Zamacois

The Passing of the Magi

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Contemporary-Spanish-Dramatists-Plays-Perez/book-tA2yGkh2z0mfX0ajXBjgRw/page1.html?s=PPsdVvBmnE27kCdY0Gworg&r=1

Sweden[edit]

  • August Strindberg

Debit and Credit

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/debit_and_credit.html

Facing Death, The Outlaw, Pariah, The Stronger

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

Facing Death

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/facing_death.html

Pariah

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/pariah.html

Simoom

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/simoom.html

Creditors, Pariah

http://www.onread.com/book/Plays-by-August-Strindberg-Creditors-Pariah-12829/

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]

  • Alexander Baron

The Trial Of Michael Stone For The Chillenden Murders Under Sharia Law

http://archive.org/details/TheTrialOfMichaelStoneForTheChillendenMurdersUnderShariaLaw

  • Arnold Bennett

A Question of Sex

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/question_of_sex.html

The Stepmother

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/stepmother.html

  • Isaac Bickerstaff

The Recruiting Sergeant

https://archive.org/details/britishdramaaco03unkngoog

  • Sir Francis Cowley Burnand

Romance under difficulty

http://archive.org/details/romanceunderdiff00burn

  • George Calderon

Peace, The Little Stone House, Derelicts, Geminae, Parkin Bros., The Two Talismans, The Lamp, Longing

http://www.onread.com/book/Eight-one-act-plays-840493/

  • Joseph Conrad

One Day More

http://www.readbookonline.net/title/10745/

  • Annie Eliot

St. Valentine's Day

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/st_valentines_day.html

  • St. John Ervine

The Magnanimous Lover

http://www.onread.com/book/Representative-one-act-plays-by-British-and-Irish-authors-359033/

  • John Galsworthy

Defeat, Hall-Marked, A Satiric Trifle, Punch And Go, Sun

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Cosmo Hamilton

St. Martin's Summer

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/st_martins_summer.html

Why Cupid Came to Earl's Court

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/why_cupid_came_to_earls_court.html

  • Stanley Houghton

The Dear Departed, Fancy Free, The Master of the House, Phipps, The Fifth Commandment

http://www.onread.com/book/Five-one-act-plays-734566/

  • Gertrude E Jennings

At the Ribbon Counter

http://archive.org/details/atribboncounterp00jenn

The Rest Cure, Between the Soup and the Savoury, The Pros and Cons, Acid Drops

http://archive.org/details/fouroneactplays01jenngoog

  • Douglas William Jerrold

The Painter of Ghent

http://archive.org/details/comediesanddram00jerrgoog

  • Henry Arthur Jones

The Goal

http://www.onread.com/book/Representative-one-act-plays-by-British-and-Irish-authors-359033/

Grace Mary

http://www.onread.com/book/The-theatre-of-ideas-a-burlesque-allegory-and-three-one-act-plays-The-goal-Her-tongue-Grace-410871/

Her Tongue

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/her_tongue.html

  • John A Le Breton

A Sister to Assist 'er

http://archive.org/details/sistertoassister00lebr

  • John Masefield

The Locked Chest, The Sweeps of Ninety-eight

http://www.onread.com/book/The-locked-chest-and-The-sweeps-of-ninety-eight-two-one-act-plays-614555/

  • Philip Moeller

The Roadhouse in Arden

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/roadhouse_in_arden.html

  • George Jay Smith

Forbidden Fruit

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/forbidden_fruit.html

  • Julian Sturgis

Apples, Fire-flies, Picking Up the Pieces, Half Way to Arcady, Mabel's Holy Day, Heather

http://archive.org/details/littlecomedies01sturgoog

  • Alfred Sutro

A Marriage Has Been Arranged

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/marriage_has_been_arranged.html

The Open Door

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/open_door.html

The Man in the Stalls

http://www.onread.com/book/Representative-one-act-plays-by-British-and-Irish-authors-359033/

The Bracelet, The Man In The Stalls, The Man On The Kerb, The Marriage Has Been Arranged, The Open Door

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Walter Watts

An Irish Engagement

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/irish_engagement.html

Scotland[edit]

Wales[edit]

United States of America[edit]

  • John Kendrick Bangs

The Bicyclers, A Dramatic Evening, The Fatal Message, Proposal Under Difficulties

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Maxwell Bodenheim

The Master-Poisoner

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/the_master_poisoner.html

Poet's Heart

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/poets_heart.html

  • Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood

Enemies

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/enemies.html

  • Alex Broun

10,000 Cigarettes

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/10000_cigarettes.html

  • Alice Brown

The Hero, Doctor Auntie, The Crimson Lake, Milly dear, The Web, The Loving Cup, Joint Owners in Spain, The Sugar House, A March Wind

http://archive.org/details/cu31924022010031

A March Wind

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/march_wind.html

  • Louise Bryant

The Game

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/game.html

Overtones

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/overtones.html

  • Mary Burrill

They That Sit in Darkness

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Harold Chapin

The Philosopher of Butterbiggens

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/philosopher_of_butterbiggens.html

  • Colin Campbell Clements

Yesterday

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/yesterday.html

  • George Michael Cohan

The Dangerous Mrs. Delaney

http://archive.org/details/TheDangerousMrs.Delaney

  • Rachel Crothers

The Rector

http://archive.org/details/rectoraplayinon00crotgoog

  • Richard Harding Davis

Miss Civilization

http://www.readbookonline.net/title/237/

  • Floyd Dell

The Angel Intrudes

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/angel_intrudes.html

Enigma

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/enigma.html

King Arthur's Socks

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/king_arthurs_socks.html

Legend

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/legend.html

A Long Time Ago

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/long_time_ago.html

Sweet-and-Twenty

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/sweet_and_twenty.html

The Angel Intrudes, Enigma, The Chaste Adventures Of Joseph, Human Nature, Ibsen Revisited, King Arthur's Socks, Legend, A Long Time Ago, Poor Harold, The Rim of the World, Sweet-And-Twenty

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Mine Eyes Have Seen

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/mine_eyes_have_seen.html

  • J.A. Ferguson

Campbell of Kilmhor

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/campbell_of_kilmhor.html

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mr. Icky

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/mr_icky.html

Porcelain and Pink

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/porcelain_and_pink.html

  • Hortense Flexner

Voices

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/voices.html

  • Robert Frost

The Witch of Coös

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/the_witch_of_coos.html

  • Alice Gerstenberg

Ever Young

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/ever_young.html

Fourteen

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/fourteen.html

He Said and She Said

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/he_said_and_she_said.html

The Illuminati in Drama Libre

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/illuminati.html

  • Susan Glaspel

The People

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/people.html

Trifles

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/trifles.html

Outside, Trifles

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Harry Greenwood Grover

Thompson's Luck

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/thompsons_luck.html

  • LB Hamilton

Buyer$ Market

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/buyers_market.html

Phone Arts

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/phone_arts.html

  • O Henry

Sound And Fury

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/1457/

  • Horace Holley

The Genius

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/genius.html

His Luck

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/his_luck.html

The Incompatibles

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/incompatibles.html

Pictures

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/pictures.html

The Telegram

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/telegram.html

  • Pendleton King

Cocaine

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/cocaine.html

  • William Dean Howells

The Albany Depot, Bride Roses, The Elevator, The Garotters, Self-Sacrifice

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

Evening Dress, Five O'Clock Tea, A Likely Story, The Night Before Christmas, A Morality, The Parlor-Car, The Register, The Sleeping Car

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Julianne Homokay

The Wedding Story

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/wedding_story.html

  • Jennye James

The History of Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/why_the_chicken_crossed_the_road.html

  • Julie Jensen

The Brown Shoes

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/the_brown_shoes.html

  • Percy MacKaye

Gettysburg

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/gettysburg.html

Helena's Husband

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/helenas_husband.html

Chuck, Gettysburg, The Antick, The Cat-boat, Sam Average

http://www.onread.com/book/Yankee-fantasies-five-one-act-plays-263983/

  • Pete Malicki

The Goon

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/the_goon.html

  • Eugene O'Neill

Abortion

http://www.classicly.com/eugene-oneill/abortion

Isle

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/ile.html

Thirst

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/thirst001.html

A Wife for a Life, Tomorrow, The Web, The Moon of the Caribbees, Thirst, Recklessness, The Rope, Warnings, Fog, Shell Shock, The Dreamy Kid, Bound East for Cardiff, Where the Cross is Made, Abortion, The Movie Man, The Sniper, Before Breakfast, In the Zone, Ile, The Long Voyage Home

http://www.eoneill.com/texts/index.htm

  • Winthrop Parkhurst

The Beggar and the King

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/beggar_and_the_king.html

  • David Pinski

A Dollar

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/dollar.html

  • Brian E Rochlin

Carmen Dick: Feminist Private Eye

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/carmen_dick.html

  • Dennis Schebetta

Dog Park or Sexual Perversity in Magnuson

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/dog_park.html

  • Joseph T. Shipley

Echo

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/echo.html

  • Upton Sinclair

The Second-Story Man

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/11745/

http://www.one-act-plays.com/dramas/echo.html

  • George Jay Smith

Forbidden Fruit

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/forbidden_fruit.html

  • Wilbur Daniel Steele

Not Smart

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/not_smart.html

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay

Two Slatterns and a King

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/two_slatterns_and_a_king.html

  • Mark Twain

An Encounter With An Interviewer

http://www.readbookonline.net/plays/

  • Greg Vovos

Bloody Mary

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/bloodymary.html

  • Stephanie Allison Walker

The Chocolate Affair

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/the_chocolate_affair.html

  • Marion Craig Wentworth

War Brides

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/52756/

  • Carolyn Wells

The Greatest Gift, Christmas Gifts of all Nations, The Greatest Day in the Year, Is Santa Claus a Fraud?, A Substitute for Santa Claus, The Day before Christmas

http://archive.org/details/jollyplaysforhol00well

Queen Christmas

http://archive.org/details/queenchristmaspa00well

The Sweet Girl Graduate

http://archive.org/details/sweetgirlgraduat00well

  • Percival Wilde

His Return

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/his_return.html

The Sequel

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/sequel.html

Dawn, The Noble Lord, The Traitor, A House of Cards, Playing with Fire, The Finger of God

http://www.onread.com/book/Dawn-with-The-noble-lord-The-traitor-A-house-of-cards-Playing-with-fire-The-finger-of-God-one-act-plays-of-life-to-day-1400258/

  • Walter Wykes

Beer Girl

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/beer_girl.html

Bush Dreams

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/bush_dreams.html

Family 2.0

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/family_2_0.html

The Secret Origin of Mojo Man

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/the_secret_origin_of_mojo_man.html

The Spotted Man

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/spotted_man.html

The Tragical Tale of Melissa McHiney McNormous McWhale

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/tragical_tale_of_melissa.html

The Worker

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/worker.html

  • Nick Zagone

Amorica

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/amorica.html

The Mint Juleps Trilogy

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/mint_juleps_trilogy.html

Sixty Years to Life

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/sixty_years_to_life.html

Smoke Scenes

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/smoke_scenes.html

Thirty Minutes to Charlie

http://www.one-act-plays.com/comedies/thirty_minutes_to_charlie.html

The Three Wise Men's Dumber Younger Brothers

http://www.10-minute-plays.com/comedies/three_wise_men.html

  • Joseph Zeccola

Scuba Lessons

http://www.theatrehistory.com/plays/scuba_lessons.html