100 Theatre Plays that can change the way you perceive Life.


You are an Artist; whether you work in the theatre, in you are a dancer, an accountant, an entrepreneur, a salesperson- you are an Artist. You can take nothings and make them into somethings.

Here is a list of 100 theatre plays that can change the way you perceive Life. These plays will make you laugh, cry, think, will challenge you and empower you, will make you face the wall, will ask you questions, will give you answers. These plays will help you exercise your creative imagination and be able to find solutions to your life's challenges.

  1. Poetics by Aristotle.
  2. Oresteia by Aeschylus
  3. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  4. Theban Plays by Sophocles
  5. Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides
  6. Hippolytus by Euripides
  7. The Acharnians by Aristophanes
  8. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
  9. Dyskolos by Menander
  10. Amphitryon by Plautus
  11. Phaedra by Seneca
  12. The recognition of Shakuntala by Kalidasa
  13. Sonnets by Shakespeare
  14. Richard III by Shakespeare
  15. Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  16. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  17. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  18. Ralph Roister Doister by Nicholas Udall
  19. Eufemia by Lope de Rueda
  20. The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kyd
  21. The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe
  22. Madness in Valencia by Lope de Vega
  23. Le Cid by Pierre Corneille
  24. Phedre by Racine
  25. The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliere
  26. Tartuffe by Moliere
  27. The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay
  28. Oedipe by Voltaire
  29. The Servant of Two Masters by Goldoni
  30. Mozart and Salieri by Alexander Pushkin
  31. Danton’s Death by Georg Buchner
  32. Woyzeck by Georg Buchner
  33. The Italian Straw Hat by Eugene Labiche
  34. A Doll’ s House by Henrik Ibsen
  35. Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  36. Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
  37. Miss Julie by August Strindberg
  38. Dreamplay by August Strindberg
  39. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  40. Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw
  41. Cathleen ni Houlihan by W.B. Yeats
  42. Three Sisters by Anton Checkov
  43. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Checkov
  44. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
  45. Children of the Sun by Maxim Gorky
  46. A Flea in her ear by Georges Feydeau
  47. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
  48. Street Scene by Elmer Rice
  49. Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
  50. Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey
  51. The threepenny opera by Bertol Brecht
  52. The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux
  53. Antigone by Jean Annuilh
  54. Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca
  55. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
  56. A Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  57. The Rose Tatoo by Tennessee Williams
  58. Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neil
  59. Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neil
  60. The Maids by Jean Genet
  61. Rhinoceros by Ionesco
  62. The Bald Soprano by Ionesco
  63. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  64. A view from the Bridge by Arthur Miller
  65. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  66. Look back in Anger by John Osborne
  67. Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
  68. Awake and Sing by Clifford Odets
  69. The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
  70. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  71. Barefoot in the park by Neil Simon
  72. The Odd Couple by Neil Simon
  73. The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
  74. Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  75. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom Stoppard
  76. Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer
  77. A mouthful of Birds by Caryl Churchill
  78. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
  79. Educating Rita by Willy Russell
  80. The Pittsburgh Cycle by August Wilson
  81. The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
  82. Angels in America by Tony Kushner
  83. Three Fat Virgins by Ovidia Yu
  84. Miss Margarida’s Way by Roberto Athayde
  85. The grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati
  86. Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
  87. Proof by David Auburn
  88. Red by John Logan
  89. The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
  90. Equus by Peter Shafer
  91. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  92. The Cocktail Party by T.S.Eliot
  93. Love!Valour!Compassion by Terrence McNally
  94. Art by Yasmin Reza
  95. Closer by Patrick Marber
  96. August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
  97. Children of a Lesser God by Mark Madoff
  98. Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman
  99. The madness of George III by Alan Bennett
  100. Skylight by David Hare

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Theodora is the creator and founder of the TVP Foundation which operates through two main venues: The International Theatre in English and The Los Angeles Method. You can read more about her work here.

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