List of plays in English on the Internet

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The complete text of plays in English with modern spelling available to be read on the Internet and organized by country and playwright. Most of the plays are royalty-free, but some of the more modern ones require royalties when produced. One-act plays are indicated in this manner: (one act).




Babe in a box by Paul McCann

Lazy in the Sun a Radio Play by Malcolm 'Max' Afford

Consulting Room by Malcolm 'Max' Afford

a comedy thriller in three acts by Max affrord


  • Arthur Schnitzler

The Lonely Way, Intermezzo, Countess Mizzie

La Ronde

Living Hours (one act)




  • Maurice Maeterlinck

Home (one act)

The Intruder

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]



  • Charles Mair


  • Sarah Anne Curzon

Laura Secord

  • Eliza Lanesford Cushing

Esther (Cushing)|Esther

  • John Hunter-Duvar

The Enamorado

De Roberval


  • William Wilfred Campbell

Mordred, Morning

  • William Henry Fuller

The Unspecific Scandal

  • Caroli Candidus

The Female Consistory of Brockville

Orpheus and Eurydice


King of the Beavers

  • Nicholas Flood Davin

The Fair Grit

  • Catharine Nina Merritt

When George the Third Was King

  • John Louis Carleton

A Medieval Hun

  • W.P. Wood

Minnie Trail

  • Robert Norwood

The Witch of Endor

  • W.A. Tremayne

A Legal Puzzle

The Man who Went

A Runaway Couple

Cassie, The Cuckoo Song, Dropping Ballast, You Can't See Africa From Sicily

Sea Turtle, Puppet Play, Happiness Hunting, Something New, Ferry Terminal

The Bloody Banquet, Bewitched by them to Death, Galileo Galilei, Vesalius and Servetus, Everyone's Death, Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, Johannes Kepler, Henry III of France, Lust's Dominion, The New Tereus

Czech Republic[edit]

  • Karel Čapek



  • Ludvig Holberg

The Political Tinker, Jeppe of the Hill, Erasumus Montanus

Henry and Pernilla, Captain Bombastes Thunderton, Scatterbrains, or The busybody with no affair at hand




  • Honoré de Balzac

Mercadet, the Speculator

The Stepmother

  • Pierre de Beaumarchais

The Barber of Seville

The Marriage of Figaro

  • Henry Becque

La Parisienne|The Parisian Woman

  • Henry Bernstein

The Thief

  • Eugène Brieux

Damaged Goods

  • Paul Claudel

The Tidings Brought to Mary

  • Pierre Corneille

Le Cid|The Cid


  • Georges Courteline

These Cornfields

  • François de Curel

The Fossils

  • Georges Feydeau

Keep an Eye on Amélie (requires daisy key)

  • Sacha Guitry


  • Alexandre Hardy
  • Victor Hugo


Ruy Blas

  • Alfred Jarry

Ubu the King

  • Eugène Labiche

A trip Abroad, Célimare

  • [Alain-René Lesage
  • Pierre de Marivaux
  • Molière

The Blunderer, The Love-tiff, The Pretentious Young Ladies, Sganarelle, Don Garcia of Navarre, The School for Husbands, The Bores, The School for Wives, The School for Wives Criticised, The Impromptu of Versailles, The Forced Marriage, The Princess of Elis, Don Juan, Love is the Best Doctor, The Misanthrope, he Physician in Spite of Himself, Melicerte, The Sicilian, Tartuffe, Amphitryon, George Dandin, The Miser, Monsieur de Pourceaugnac, The Magnificent Lovers, The Middle-Class Gentleman, Psyche, The Rogueries of Scapin, The Countess of Escarbagnas, The Learned Women, The Imaginary Invalid, The Jealousy of Le Barbouille, The Flying Doctor

The Pretentious Young Ladies, Tartuffe, The Misanthrope, The Middle-Class Gentleman, The Rogueries of Scapin, The Learned Women, The Imaginary Invalid

  • Alfred de Musset

Lorenzaccio, No Trifling with Love, Les Caprices de Marianne|Marianne's Caprices, Fantasio, The Venetian Night, Andrea del Sarto, One Cannot Tell, One Cannot Think of Everything, The Chandelier, A Door must be Open or Closed, The Caprice, Bettina, Carmosine, Barberina's Distaff, The Ass and the River

  • Jacques Prévert

A United Family

  • Jean Racine



Esther, Berenice


  • Edmond Rostand

Cyrano of Bergerac
  • Victorien Sardou

Let's Get a Divorce!

  • Voltaire

Mohammed the Prophet

Georgia (country)|Georgia[edit]


  • Bertolt Brecht

The Good Person of Szechwan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle

  • Georg Büchner


  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Faust part 1

Faust part 2

Götz von Berlichingen

Torquato Tasso

  • Gerhart Hauptmann

Before Dawn, The Weavers, The Beaver Coat, The Conflagration

The Rats, Drayman Henschel, Rose Bernd

  • Georg Kaiser

From Morn to Midnight

  • Heinrich von Kleist

The Broken Jug

  • August von Kotzebue

Misanthropy and Repentance (or The Stranger)

The Natural Son

  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Emilia Galotti

Nathan the Wise

  • Friedrich Schiller

Mary Stuart

William Tell

Hermann Sudermann

Streaks of Light, The Last Visit, Margot, The Far-away Princess (all 4 one act)

Morituri (one act)

  • Frank Wedekind


Spring Awakening



  • Aeschylus

The Persians, Prometheus Bound, The Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides.

  • Aristophanes

The Acharnians, The Knights, The Clouds, The Wasps, Peace, The Birds, Lysistrata, The Frogs

  • Euripides

Alcestis, Medea, Hippolytus, The Trojan Women, The Bacchae, Iphigeneia at Aulis, The Cyclops,

  • Menander

The Grouch

  • Sophocles

Trachiniae, Antigone, Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus the King, Ajax (Sophocles)|Ajax, Electra, Phioloctetes

  • Theocritus

The Battle of the Bards (one act)



  • Ödön von Horváth
  • Ferenc Molnar


The Devil

A Matter of Husbands (one act)




  • Dion Boucicault

London Assurance

  • Richard Butler, 2nd Earl of Glengall

The Irish Tutor (one act)

  • Oliver Goldsmith

She Stoops to Conquer

  • Lady Gregory

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

The Image, Hanrahan's oath, Shanwalla, The Wrens

Spreading the News (one act)

  • Sean O'Casey

The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock

The Plough and the Stars

  • George Bernard Shaw

Widowers' Houses, The Philanderer, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Man of Destiny, Arms and the Man, Candida, You Never Can Tell, The Devil's Disciple, Captain Brassbound's Conversion, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Admirable Bashville, Man and Superman, John Bull's Other Island, How He Lied to Her Husband, Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Interlude at the Playhouse, Getting Married, The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet, Press Cuttings, Misalliance, The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, Fanny's First Play, Overruled, Androcles and the Lion, Great Catherine, Pygmalion, The Music Cure, O'Flaherty V.C., The Inca of Perusalem, Augustus Does His Bit, Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress, Heartbreak House, Back to Methuselah, Saint Joan, The Apple Cart, Geneva, The Milionnairess

  • J.M. Synge

The Playboy of the Western World

The Well of the Saints

Riders to the Sea (one act)

  • Oscar Wilde

The Importance of being Earnest, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband


Rabindranath Tagore




  • Vittorio Alfieri

Philip, Polynices, Antigone, Virginia, Agamemnon, Orestes

Rosmunda, Octavia, Timoleon, Merope, Mary Stuart, The Conspiracy of the Pazzi

All of the above plus Don Garcia, Saul, Agis, Sophonisba, The First Brutus, Myrrha, The Second Brutus, Anthony and Cleopatra, Abel, Alcestis II

  • Ugo Betti

The Queen and the Rebels, The Burnt Flower-bed, Summertime

  • Gabriele D'Annunzio

The Dead City

  • Carlo Goldoni

The Venetian Twins, The Artful Widow The Mistress of the Inn (or Mirandolina), The Superior Residence

A Curious Mishap, The Beneficent Bear, The Fan, The Spendthrift Miser

  • Luigi Pirandello

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Henry IV

So it is, if you think it is


  • Zembo Motoyaso

Ikuta (one act)




Republic of Macedonia|Macedonia[edit]




  • Wole Soyinka


  • Bjornstjerne Bjornson

Leonarda, The Newly Married Couple, A Gauntlet

The Editor, The Bankrupt, The King

  • Henrik Ibsen

Lady Inger of Oestraat, The Feast at Solhaug, Love's Comedy, The Vikings at Helgeland, The Pretenders, Brand, Peer Gynt, Emperor and Galilean, The League of Youth, Pillars of Society, A Doll's House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, The Lady from the Sea, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, John Gabriel Borkman, When We Dead Awaken

Catilina with some of the above-cited plays




  • Gil Vicente

The Soul's Journey, Exhortation to War, The Carriers, Estrella's Mountain Range



  • Alexander Pushkin

Boris Godunov

  • Anton Chekhov

The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov, The Boor, On the High Road, The Proposal

  • Maxim Gorky

  • Alexander Ostrovski

The Storm

Leo Tolstoy

The Power of Darkness, The Fruits of Culture, Redemption, The Cause of It All, The First Distiller, The Light Shines in Darkness,




Juan Ruiz de Alarcon

Walls Have Ears

  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Devotion to the Cross

Life is a Dream

  • José Echegaray

The Great Galateo, Mariana, Don Juan's Son


  • August Strindberg

The Father, Miss Julie, The Outlaw, The Stronger

Crimes and Crimes


The Ghost Sonata

Debit and Credit (one act)

Facing Death (one act)

Pariah (one act)

Simoom (one act)

Creditors, Pariah (one act)

The Bond, The Dream Play, The Dance of Death part 1, The Dance of Death part 2


Advent, The Thunderstorm, After the Fire, The Bridal Crown, The First Warning, Gustav Vasa

Master Olof


  • Max Frisch

The Chinese Wall




  • Nikolay Vasilyevich Gogol

The Inspector General

United Kingdom[edit]


  • Joseph Addison


  • John Bale

Three Laws, A Song Upon Benedictus, God's Promises, John the Baptist, The Temptation of our Lord, King John,

  • Francis Beaumont and *John Fletcher

The Maid's Tragedy

A King and no King

  • Aphra Behn

The Rover part 1, The Rover part 2

  • Arnold Bennett

A Question of Sex (one act)

The Stepmother

  • Richard Brome

The Antipodes, The City Wit, The Court Beggar, Covent Garden Weeded, The Demoiselle, The English Moor, A Jovial Crew, The Late Lancashire Witches, The Love-Sick Court, A Mad Couple Well Matched, The New Academy, The Northern Lass, The Novella, The Queen and Concubine, The Queen's Exchange, The Sparagus Garden

  • Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The Lady of Lyons, Money, Richelieu, The Rightful Heir, Walpole, Not so Bad as we Seem, The Duchess De La Vallière.

  • George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron|Lord Byron


  • George Calderon

Peace, The Little Stone House, Derelicts, Geminae, Parkin Bros., The Two Talismans, The Lamp, Longing (all one acts)

  • Susannah Centlivre

Love's Contrivance, The Busy Body, Marplot, The Platonic Lady, The Perplexed Lovers, the Cruel Gift

  • George Chapman

Bussy D'Ambois

Monsieur d'Olive, May Day

  • George Colman the Elder

John Bull

  • William Congreve

The Double Dealer, Love for Love, The Old Bachelor, The Way of the World, The Mourning Bride

  • John Crowne

The Country Wit, The Ambitious Statesman, Sir Courtly Nice, Darius

  • Richard Cumberland

The West Indian

  • Thomas Dekker

The Shoemaker's Holiday

The Spanish Gypsy (with John Ford), Lust's Dominion, The Noble Spanish Soldier, Old Fortunatus, Appius and Virginia (with John Webster)

  • John Dryden

All for Love

  • Annie Eliot

St. Valentine's Day (one act)

  • St. John Ervine

The Magnanimous Lover (one act)

  • George Etherege

The Man of Mode

  • George Farquhar

  • Henry Fielding

Tom Thumb

  • John Ford

'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Broken Heart

John Galsworthy


The Silver Box, Joy, Strife, The Eldest Son, The Little Dream, Justice, The Fugitive, The Pigeon, The Mob, A Bit O' Love, The Foundations, The Skin Game, The First and the Last, The Little Man, Half-marked Defeat, Punch and Go, The Silver Box, Joy, The Sun,

The Sun

  • John Gay

The Beggars' Opera

  • Harley Granville-Barker

The Madras House

  • Robert Greene

A Looking Glass for London and England, James the Fourth, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay, Alphonsus, King of Aragon

  • Cosmo Hamilton

St. Martin's Summer (one act)

Why Cupid Came to Earl's Court (one act)

  • St. John Hankin

The Return of the Prodigal

  • Thomas Heywood

A Woman Killed with Kindness

The English Traveller, Royal King and Loyal Subject, Challenge for Beauty

  • Stanley Houghton

The Dear Departed, Fancy Free, The Master of the House, Phipps, The Fifth Commandment (all one act)

  • Henry Arthur Jones

Her Tongue (one act)

The Goal (one act)

Grace Mary (one act)

  • Ben Jonson

A Tale of a Tub, The Case is Altered, Every Man in His Humour, Every Man out of His Humour, Cynthia's Revels, The Poetaster, Sejanus' Fall, Eastward Ho, with John Marston and George Chapman, Volpone, Epicoene, or the Silent Woman, The Alchemist, Catiline's Conspiracy, Bartholomew Fair, The Devil is an Ass, The Staple of News, The New Inn, The Magnetic Lady


The Alchemist, Bartholomew Fair

  • John Keats


  • Thomas Kyd

The Spanish Tragedy

  • George Lillo

The London Merchant

  • Frederick Lonsdale

  • John Lyly

Mother Bombie, Endymion

  • Christopher Marlowe

Dido, Queen of Carthage, The Massacre at Paris, Tamburlaine, part 1, Tamburlaine part 2, The Jew of Malta, Edward II, Doctor Faustus

  • John Marston

The Malcontent

Antonio and Mellida

  • John Masefield

The Locked Chest, The Sweeps of Ninety-eight (both one act)

  • Philip Massinger

A New Way to Pay Old Debts

  • Somerset Maugham

Our Betters

  • Thomas Middleton

The Phoenix, A Trick to Catch the Old One, Your Five Gallants, The Second Maiden's Tragedy, No Wit, No Help like a Woman's, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, The Witch, Hengist, The Honest Whore part 1, The Roaring Girl, The Old Law, Anything for a Quiet Life, The Changeling, Blurt Master Constable, The Bloody Banquet,

Women Beware Women, More Dissemblers Besides Women

  • Philip Moeller

The Roadhouse in Arden (one act)

  • Thomas Norton and *Thomas Sackville

Gorboduc, Damon and Pithias

  • Thomas Otway

Venice Preserved

  • George Peele

The Arraignment of Paris

  • William Rowley

A New Wonder, A Woman never Vext, The Thracian Wonder

  • William Shakespeare

-Comedies: All's Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love's Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale

-Tragedies: Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, The Two Noble Kinsmen

-Histories: King John, Richard the Second, Richard the Third, The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth, Henry the Fifth, The First Part of King Henry the Sixth, The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth, The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth, Henry the Eighth

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Cenci

  • Richard Sheridan

A Trip to Scarborough, Pizarro, The School for Scandal, St. Patrick's Day, The Critic, The Duenna, The Rivals

  • James Shirley

The Cardinal

  • George Jay Smith

Forbidden Fruit (one act)

  • Richard Steele

The Conscious Lovers

  • Alfred Sutro

A Marriage Has Been Arranged (one act)

The Open Door (one act)

The Man in the Stalls (one act)

Cyril Tourneur (or Thomas Middleton)

The Revenger's Tragedy

  • Walter Watts

An Irish Engagement (one act)

  • John Webster

The Duchess of Malfi

The White Devil

  • William Wordsworth

The Borderers

  • William Wycherley

The Country Wife

John Vanbrugh

The Relapse


J.M. Barrie

Peter Pan


United States[edit]

  • James Nelson Barker


The Indian Princess

  • David Belasco

The Return of Peter Grimm

  • Maxwell Bodenheim

The Master-Poisoner (one act)

Poet's Heart (one act)

  • Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood

Enemies (one act)

  • Alice Brown

A March Wind (one act)

  • Louise Bryant

The Game (one act)

Overtones (one act)

  • Mary Burrill

They That Sit in Darkness (one act)

  • Harold Chapin

The Philosopher of Butterbiggens (one act)

  • Colin Campbell Clements


  • Augustin Daly

Under the Gaslight

  • Floyd Dell

The Angel Intrudes (one act)

Enigma (one act)

King Arthur's Socks (one act)

Legend (one act)

A Long Time Ago (one act)

Sweet-and-Twenty (one act)

  • Alice Dunbar-Nelson

Mine Eyes Have Seen

  • William Dunlap


  • Clyde Fitch

Her Own Way

The Climbers

The Girl with the Green Eyes

The Moth and the Flame

Beau Brummel

  • J.A. Ferguson

Campbell of Kilmhor (one act)

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mr. Icky (one act)

Porcelain and Pink (one act)

  • Hortense Flexner


  • Robert Frost

The Witch of Coös (one act)

  • Alice Gerstenberg

Ever Young (one act)

Fourteen (one act)

He Said and She Said (one act)

The Illuminati in Drama Libre (one act)

  • Susan Glaspell

The People

Trifles (one act)

  • Harry Greenwood Grover

Thompson's Luck (one act)

  • James Herne

Within an Inch of His life, The Minute Men of 1774-1775, Drifting Apart

  • Horace Holley

The Genius

His Luck (one act)

The Incompatibles (one act)

Pictures (one act)

The Telegram (one act)

Spirit and Flesh, Choices- aka Under Siege, Intercourse, Ohio, Good Blood and High Standards, Partners, Inquest, Amazons, The Prophet Freeman, No Secrets

  • Bronson Howard


  • Pendleton King

Cocaine (one act)

  • Percy MacKaye

Gettysburg (one act)

Helena's Husband (one act)

Chuck, Gettysburg, The Antick, The Cat-boat, Sam Average (all 5 one act)

  • Steele MacKaye

Hazel Kirke

Paul Kauvar

An Arrant Knave, Rose Michel, Won At Last, In Spite of All

  • Charles L. Mee|Charles Mee

-Solos: First Love, The House of Cards, Life is a Dream, Salome

-Duets: Limonade Tous les Jours, The Trilogy: Imperial Dreams: Iphigenia 2.0, Trojan Women: A Love Story, Orestes 2.0

-Other Tragedies and History Plays: Agamemnon 2.0, The Bacchae 2.1, The Constitutional Convention: A Sequel, Full Circle, Bedtime Stories, The Investigation, Time to Burn, True Love, The War to End War

-Fragments: Gone, Requiem for the Dead, The Lives of the Artists

-Comedies and Romances: Big Love, Fetes de la Nuit, Fire Island, A Perfect Wedding, Paradise Park, Summertime, Wintertime, Cardenio (written with Stephen Greenblatt)

-Dance Theatre Pieces: American Document, Another Person Is a Foreign Country, Belle Époque, Café le Monde, Daily Life Everlasting, Eterniday, The Four Seasons, Heaven on Earth, The Life Of George Washington, Memory Palace, Night and Day, Vienna: Lusthaus, A Walk in the Park

-The Streets of New York: The New World Order, Coney Island Avenue, The Mail Order Bride, Queens Boulevard, Utopia Parkway

  • Anna Cora Mowatt


  • Eugene O'Neill

Thirst (one act)

ILE (one act)

  • Winthrop Parkhurst

The Beggar and the King

  • David Pinski

A Dollar (one act)

  • Joseph T. Shipley


  • Wilbur Daniel Steele

Not Smart (one act)

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Two Slatterns and a King (one act)

  • Carolyn Wells

The Sweet Girl Graduate

  • Percival Wilde

His Return (one act)

The Sequel (one act)

Dawn, The Noble Lord, The Traitor, A House of Cards, Playing with Fire, The Finger of God (all 6 one act) 'Bold text'