Must Read Plays for Theatre Lovers

Team Gillo Gilehri came up with a list of plays that all theatre lovers must read. They shared it with theatre groups that work with Young Theatre Audiences (YTA). This is an ongoing list. If you have more to add, please add them in the comments page and we will update the list.

Thank you Gillo.

List of Sanskrit Plays from India

Bahasa

Bhavabhooti

Bodhyan

  • Bhagavaddajjukiya

Harsha

Kalidasa

Shudraka

  • Mrichhakatika – English (link)

Vishakhadatta

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PLAYS IN HINDUSTANI AND URDU

PLAYS (Indian-Hindi-Urdu) PLAYWRIGHT
Sohrab Rustam Agha Hashr
Yahudi Ki Ladki Agha Hashr
Tajmahal Ka Tender Ajay Shukla
Indersabha Amanat
Jis Lahore Nahin Vekhia Asghar Wajahat
Kabira Khada Bazaar Main Bisham Sahni
Andha Yug Dharmvir Bharati
Lehron Ka Rajhans Dharmvir Bharati
Agra Bazaar Habib Tanvir
Charandas Chor Habib Tanvir
Ponga Pandit Habib Tanvir/Traditional Naach
Anarkali Imtiaz Ali Taj
Skandgupt Jaishankar Prasad
Begumjaan Javed Siddiqi
Shyamrang Javed Siddiqi
Tumhari Amrita Javed Siddiqi
Akhri Shama Kaifi Azmi
Zubeida Khwaja Ahmed Abbas
Rabia Mohammad Alim
Adhe Adhure Mohan Rakesh
Ashadh Ka Ek Din Mohan Rakesh
Aala Afsar Mudrarakshas
Suman Aur Sana Nadira Babbar
Amarshingh Rathor Nautanki
Hori Premchand/Vishnu Prabhakar
Deewar Prithviraj Kapoor/Inder Raj Anand
Pathan Prithviraj Kapoor/Lalchand Bismil
Ek Chadar Maili Si Rajinder Singh Bedi
Aurat Rashid Jehan
Moteram Ka Satyagraha Safdar Hashmi/Habib Tanvir/Premchand
Bhagat Singh Ki Vapasi Sagar Sarhadi
Doosra Aadmi Sagar Sarhadi
Tanhai Sagar Sarhadi
Bakri Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena
Ek Aur Draunacharya Shankar Shesh
Raktbeej Shankar Shesh
Quaid-E-Hayat Surendra Verma
Andhernagari Chaupat Raja
Court Martial

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ORTHER INDIAN PLAYS

PLAY LANGUAGE PLAYWRIGHT
Toh Mee Navhech Marathi Acharya Atre
Kattale Bellaku Telugu Adya Rangacharya
Kattale Bellaku Telugu Adya Rangacharya
Uttarpriyadarshi Agyeya
Evam Indrajit Bengali Badal Sarkar
Juloos Badal Sarkar
Baaki Itihaas Badal Sircar
Ballabpur Ki Roopkatha Badal Sircar
Nabanna Bengali Bijon Bhattacharya/NC Jain
Dhol Tashe Marathi C P Deshpande
Jo Kumaraswamy Kannada Chandrashekhar Kambar
Sangya Balya Kannada Chandrashekhar Kambar
Tax Free Chandreshekhar Phansalkar
Ek Shoonya Bajirao Marathi CT Khanolkar
Doongaji House Cyrus Mistry
Wata Palwatta Datta Bhagat
Vyasochhva Dileep Jhaveri
Malayali one acts Malyalam Divakaran and Thuppattan
Udhwastha Dharamshala G P Deshpande
Chanakya Chandragupta G.P. Deshpande
Chanakya Vishnugupta G.P. Deshpande
Hayavadan Kannada Girish Karnad
Naagmandala Kannada Girish Karnad
Yayati Kannada Girish Karnad
Tughlaq Kannada Girish Karnad (BV Karanth)
Sangeet Sharada Govind Ballal Deval
Aurangzeb Indira Parthsarthy
Nandan Kathai Indira Parthsarthy
Tritya Ratna Jyotiba Phule
Pebet Kanhai Lal
Migi Sharang Kanhai Lal
Draupadi Kanhai Lal
Thaneer-Thaneer Komal Swaminathan
Maanapman Krushnaji Prabhakar Khadilkar
Keechakwadh Krushnaji Prabhakar Khadilkar
Kisi ek Phool ka Naam Madhu Rye
Kumaar Ni Agashi Madhu Rye
Neela Kamra Madhu Rye(Ismat Chugtai)
1084 Ki Maa Bengali Mahashweta Devi
Pani Bengali Mahashweta Devi
Rudali Bengali Mahashweta Devi
Party Marathi Mahesh Elkunchwar
Pratibimb Marathi Mahesh Elkunchwar
Harevelle Pratibimb Marathi Mahesh Elkunchwar
Wade Chirebandi Marathi Mahesh Elkunchwar
Yugant trilogy Marathi Mahesh Elkunchwar (Ramji Tiwari)
Harvest English Manjula Padmanabhan
Mahabhoj Mannu Bhandari
Manna Seth Hindi Mrinal Pande
Kasturi Mrig(Shatranj ke Mohre) Marathi PL Deshpande
Tee Fulraani Marathi PL Deshpande
Teen Pasishycha Tamasha Marathi PL Deshpande
Kirvant Marathi Premanand Gajvi
Ghotbaar Paani Marathi Premanand Gajvi
Chandalika Rabindranath Tagore
Chitrangda Rabindranath Tagore
Dakghar Rabindranath Tagore
Lal kaner(Red Oleanders) Rabindranath Tagore
Raja Rabindranath Tagore
Visarjan Rabindranath Tagore
Sathechya Kay Karachya Marathi Rajeev Naik
Punyaprabhav Marathi Ram Ganesh Gadkari
Bhavbandhan Marathi Ram Ganesh Gadkari
Ekach Pyala Marathi Ram Ganesh Gadkari
Chakravyuha Ratan Thiyam
Lok Katha Marathi Ratnakar Matkari
Sangeet Saubhadhra Kirloskar
Begum Barve Satish Alekar
Mahanirvan Satish Alekar(Vasant Dev)
Tumbara Sayaji Shinde
Bhoomityacha Farce Marathi Shafaat Khan
Shobhayatra Marathi Shafat Khan
Jasma Odan Gujrati Shanta Gandhi
Ek Lagnachi Gosht Marathi Shreerang Godbole
Aa Maanas Madrasi Laage Che Gujrati Sidhashu Yashachandra
Hoi Mee Savitribai Marathi Sushma Desphande
Ghasiram Kotwal Marathi Vijay Tendulkar
Kamala Marathi Vijay Tendulkar
Sakharam Binder Marathi Vijay Tendulkar
Shantata Court Chalu Ahe Marathi Vijay Tendulkar
Sakharam Binder Marathi Vijay Tendulkar
Ghashiram Kotwal Marathi Vijay Tendulkar
Doosra Peshwa VV Shirwadkar
Vaijaayanti VV Shirwadkar
Natsamrat VV Shirwadkar

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WORLD PLAYS

PLAYS (World Drama – Greek) PLAYWRIGHT
Agamemnon Aeschylus
Antigone Sophocles
Electra Sophocles
Lysistrata Aristophanes
Medea Euripides
Oedipus the King Sophocles
The Bacchae Euripides
The Birds Aristophanes
The Persians Aeschylus
The Women of Trachis Sophocles
PLAYS (World Drama – EUROPE 15TH-18TH CENTURY)
As You Like It William Shakespeare
Coriolanus William Shakespeare
Dr. Faustus Marlowe
Faust Goethe
Hamlet William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare
King Lear William Shakespeare
Macbeth William Shakespeare
Midsummer Night’s dream William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare
Tartuffe Moliere
The Bourgeois Gentleman Moliere (Habib Tanvir-Lala Shohrat Rai)
The Hypochondriac Moliere
The Misanthrope Moliere
The Miser Moliere
The school for Wives Moliere
The Servant of two Masters Goldoni
Volpone Ben Jonson
PLAYS (World Drama – EUROPE 19TH-20TH CENTURY)
6 Characters in Search of an Author Pirandello
Arturo Ui Bertolt Brecht
Birthday Party Harold Pinter
Blood Wedding Federico Garcia Lorca
Candida George Bernard Shaw
Caretaker Harold Pinter
Chalk Circle Bertolt Brecht
Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov
Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
Death of an Anarchist Dario Fo
Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
Dona Rosita Federico Garcia Lorca
Dumbwaiter Eugene Ionesco
Endgame Samuel Beckett
Enemy of the People Henrik Ibsen
Equus Peter Shaffer
Father August Strindberg
Galileo Bertolt Brecht
Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen
Importance of Being Ernest Oscar Wild
Krapp’s Last Tape Samuel Beckett
Look Back in Anger John Osborne
Loot Joe Orton
Lower Depths Maxim Gorky
Man and Superman George Bernard Shaw
Marat/Sade Peter Weiss
Miss Julie August Strindberg
Mother Courage Bertolt Brecht
Mrs. Warren’s Profession George Bernard Shaw
Puntila and his servant Matti Bertolt Brecht
Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw
Rhinoceros Eugene Ionesco
Seagull Anton Chekhov
St. Joan George Bernard Shaw
The Accidental Death of an Anarchist Dario Fo
The Chairs Eugene Ionesco
The Good Woman of Sezuan Bertolt Brecht
The House of Bernarda Alba Federico Garcia Lorca
The Inspector General Gogol
The Lesson Eugene Ionesco
The Mother Maxim Gorky/Bertolt Brecht
The Royal Hunt of the Sun Peter Shaffer
The Shoemaker’s Wife Federico Garcia Lorca
Three Sisters Anton Chekhov
Three penny Opera Bertolt Brecht
Uncle Vanya Anton Chekhov
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett
Wild Duck Henrik Ibsen
Woyzeck George Buchner
Yerma Federico Garcia Lorca
Don Carlos Friedrich Schiller
The Maids Jean Genet
The Screens Jean Genet
The Balcony Jean Genet
The Police Slawomir Mrozek
Strip-tease Slawomir Mrozek
A Map of the World News David Hare
Noises Off Michael Frayn
Copenhagen Michael Frayn
Art Yasmina Reza
The Unexpected Man Yasmina Reza
PLAYS (World Drama – AMERICAN DRAMA)
A Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
All My Sons Arthur Miller
American Buffalo David Mamet
Angels in America Tony Kushner
Ballad of the Sad Café Carson McCullers/Edward Albee
Buried Child Sam Shepard
Children’s Hour Lillian Helman
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller
Desire Under the Elms Eugene O’Neill
Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
Mourning becomes Electra Eugene O’Neill
Our Town Thornton Wilder
Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
Six Degrees of Separation John Guare
Streetcar Named Desire
The Emperor Jones Eugene O’Neill
The Good Doctor Neil Simon
The Skin of Your Teeth Thornton Wilder
The Time of Your Life William Saroyan
Waiting for Lefty Clifford Odets
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Edward Albee
Zoo Story Edward Albee
PLAYS (World Drama – ASIAN – CHINESE)
Fifteen Strings of Cash Chu-su-chen
Snow in August Gao Xingjian
Snow in Midsummer Kuan Hau-Ching
The Jade Mirror-stand Kuan Hau-Ching
The Other Shore Gao Xingjian
The White Snake Tien Han
PLAYS (World Drama – ASIAN – JAPANESE)
Battles of Coxinga Chikamatsu
Chushinguro Takeda Izumo
Green Stockings Kobe Abe
The Courtesan on Buddha Plain Monzaemon
PLAYS (World Drama – ASIAN – ARABIC)
Ali Janah al-Tabrizi and his Servant Quffa Alfred Farag
Fate of a Cockroach Tawfiq al Hakim
Gazelles Ahmed Fagih
The King is the King Saadullah Wannus (Syria)
PLAYS (World Drama – AFRICAN – SOUTH AFRICA)
Road to Mecca Athol Fugard
The Island Athol Fugard
The Suit Can Temba/Barney Simon
Tsotsi Athol Fugard
The Bloodknot Athol Fugard
Master Harold and the Boys Athol Fugard
PLAYS (World Drama – AFRICAN – NIGERIA)
Death and the King’s Horseman Wole Soyinka
Lion and the jewel Wole Soyinka
Madmen and Specialists Wole Soyinka

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