With theatres across the world having closed their doors, there's no doubt many people are missing them badly. There's nothing like a truly great play or musical. However, don't despair - here's a list of nine fantastic plays you can read to keep yourself entertained until they're back.
Almost one hundred and fifty years old, Ibsen's masterpiece still manages to feel timely and relevant. Set against a backdrop of widespread political and social tension, John Rosmer finds himself questioning everything as he must choose between idealism and tradition.
Anna Jordan£9.99 £9.29
It's the last day for the Anchor pub before it's torn down and converted into yet another drab grey London block of flats. It's the end of an era, but Kenny and the gang plan to mark the occasion with the ultimate blow-out. Raw and often explosive, Anna Jordan's play is a nostalgic, evocative close-knit drama.
Famously adapted into a film starring Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, and Natalie Portman in 2004, Closer is a sharply-observed exploration of romantic entanglements and sexual politics between four deeply damaged individuals. A brilliantly clever and profoundly unsettling script, Closer established Patrick Marber as one of the finest playwrights alive today.
Tom Stoppard£9.99 £9.29
Bewildering and notoriously complex, Tom Stoppard's most famous play sparked discussion when it first premiered in 1966 - and is still perplexing audiences today. Filled with existential musings and absurdist wordplay, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead will have you alternately laughing and scratching your head.
Frequently cited as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, JB Priestley's drama - both a thriller and a scathing commentary on pre-war England's rigid class system - is a true classic, adapted many times for the stage and screen. An essential read for lovers of theatre and the classics.
David Hare£9.99 £9.29
The Judas Kiss depicts two pivotal moments in the life of Oscar Wilde: the day he elected to remain in England, and risk imprisonment - and the night on which the lover he stayed for chose to betray him. David Hare's magnificent portrayal of Wilde's suffering is a powerful and moving read.
First produced in 1963 starring Alec Guinness, Ionesco's absurdist drama takes place in the throne-room of a once-great nation, where King Berenger the First is stubbornly refusing to relinquish his grip on life. A true tragedy, Exit the King brilliantly explores the wretchedness and insignificance of human existence in a way you've never seen before.
Jack Thorne£9.99 £9.29
Jack Thorne's newest play premiered in 2019 to rave reviews. Spanning twenty years, the end of history is a portrait of a divided but loving family as they grapple with political, social, and cultural issues in an ever-changing Britain.
Martin McDonagh£9.99 £9.29
Martin McDonagh's powerful and gripping play was an instant hit upon its first performance in 1995 and has been adapted numerous times since then. A writer living in a totalitarian state is interrogated by two brutish policeman over a series of bizarre child murders which all bear strange similarities to the gruesome content of his short stories. Filled with shocking imagery and stark language, The Pillowman is a memorable and often bone-chilling tale. Not to be missed.