Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays 1945 - 2010

Simon Callow © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Simon Callow © Victoria & Albert Museum, London

A new app for theatre lovers from the V&A

Played in Britain celebrates 60 years of remarkable post-war theatre - from J. B. Priestley’s classic play An Inspector Calls (1946), to Laura Wade’s Posh (2010).

Presenting a fascinating overview of British theatre, each play is accompanied by an original essay summarising its plot, impact and legacy and features material from the V&A’s vast Theatre & Performance collection.

With narration by Simon Callow and commentary from critic Michael Billington, Played in Britain explores 100 plays which created a contemporary stir, either by provoking public outcry, or by breaking new ground; they are plays that engage with the world around them.

Actors, set designers, costume designers and directors have contributed audio interviews, including actor Patrick Stewart (Waiting for Godot, 2009) and costume designer Sue Blane (The Rocky Horror Show, 1973). First night reviews from the Guardian and the Telegraph newspapers provide an insight into contemporary critical opinion.

Key features:

  • Video introduction and narration by Simon Callow
  • 100 original essays and contextual overviews by leading theatre and performance experts
  • Audio commentaries by theatre practitioners and critics
  • Includes script extracts for selected plays courtesy of Methuen Drama
  • Compatible with iPad

Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, 1945 - 2010 is available to purchase from iTunes for £7.99

Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, 1945-2010
Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, 1945-2010
Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, 1945-2010
Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays, 1945-2010

Michael Billington on the missing plays

Guardian theatre critic and Played in Britain contributor Michael Billington has suggested ten additional plays that he would have included in the selection. 

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