Archive Playlists

JMK Award 2017 Playlist

The list in 2017 was chosen by our JMK Award alumni with the Young Vic.

The Promise - Aleksei Arbruzov

Play - Samuel Beckett (with another Beckett short of your choice) 

Sore Throats - Howard Brenton

Woyzeck - Georg Büchner

Woman and Scarecrow - Marina Carr

A Taste of Honey - Shelagh Delaney

Winter - Jon Fosse

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act - Athol Fugard

Random - Debbie Tucker Green

The Lesson -  Eugène Ionesco

The Chairs -  Eugène Ionesco

Through the Leaves - Franz Xaver Kroetz (Anthony Vivis translation)

Penetrator - Anthony Neilson

My Name is Rachel Corrie - Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner

Ages of the Moon -  Sam Shepard

The Empire Builders - Boris Vian (Simon Watson Taylor translation)


JMK Award 2016 Playlist

The list for 2016 was chosen by David Lan and colleagues from a number of key London and regional theatres.

La Ronde - Arthur Schnitzler and versions

Low Level Panic - Clare McIntyre

Penetrator - Anthony Neilson

Play - Samuel Beckett (with another Beckett short of your choice) 

Small Change - Peter Gill

The Drowned World - Gary Owen

The Human Voice - Jean Cocteau

The Lesson - Eugène Ionesco

The Mountaintop - Katori Hall

The Ruffian on the Stair - Joe Orton

Through the Leaves - Franz Xaver Kroetz

 Winter - Jon Fosse

Woyzeck - Georg Büchner


JMK Award 2015 Playlist

The list for 2015 was chosen by David Lan and some of JMK's Trustees - Michael Buffong, Polly Findlay, Ben Power and Mark Rosenblatt.

Play - Samuel Beckett (with another Beckett short of your choice)

Woyzeck - Georg Büchner

The Human Voice - Jean Cocteau

Mother and Child - Jon Fosse

Someone is going to come - Jon Fosse

Born Bad - Debbie Tucker Green

Amadee - Eugene Ionesco

The Lesson - Eugene Ionesco

Dutchman - LeRoi Jones

Barbarians - Barrie Keeffe

It felt empty when the heart went at first but it’s all right now - Lucy Kirkwood

Through the Leaves - Franz Xaver Kroetz

The Ugly One - Marius von Mayenberg

Dublin Carol - Conor McPherson

Penetrator - Anthony Neilson

The Censor - Anthony Neilson

The Ruffian on the Stair - Joe Orton

La Ronde - Arthur Schnitzler and versions


Below are lists from previous years in with Michael Boyd, Nicholas Hytner, David Lan, Sam Mendes and Katie Mitchell selected their top 25 'classic' plays.


Michael Boyd

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A Delicate Balance – Albee

Scenes from an Execution – Barker

Victory – Howard Barker

Act Without Words 1&2 – Beckett

Endgame – Beckett

Uncle Vanya – Chekhov

The Way of the World – Congreve

The Visit – Dürrenmatt

The Suicide – Erdman

Translations – Friel

The Government Inspector – Gogol

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme - McGuinness

The Crucible – Miller

The Shadow – Schwartz

A Midsummer Night's Dream – Shakespeare

King Lear – Shakespeare

The Oedipus Trilogy – Sophocles

The Real World – Tremblay

Dog in a Manger – de Vega

Fuente Ovejuna – de Vega

The Importance of Being Earnest – Wilde

Camino Real – Williams

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Williams

The York Mystery Cycle


Nicholas Hytner

Hippolytus - Euripides

Oedipus - Seneca

The Little Clay Cart - Sudraka

Arden of Faversham - Anon

Edward II - Marlowe

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Shakespeare

Titus Andronicus - Shakespeare

Fuente Ovejuna - de Vega

Venice Preserv’d - Otway

The Provoked Wife - Vanbrugh

Nathan the Wise - Lessing

Wolves and Sheep - Ostrovsky

Miss Julie - Strindberg

Pelleas and Melisande - Materlinck

Spring Awakening - Wedekind

The Shadow of a Gunman - O’Casey

The Queen and the Rebels - Betti

Schweik in the Second World War - Brecht

The Hairy Ape - O’Neill

Live Like Pigs - Arden

The Hostage - Behan

Epsom Downs - Brenton

Playboy of The West Indies - Matura

Mad Forest - Churchill

Our Country’s Good – Wertenbaker


David Lan

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A Number - Caryl Churchill

American Buffalo - David Mamet

Blue/Orange - Joe Penhall

Far Away - Caryl Churchill

Happy Days - Samuel Beckett

Knives in Hens - David Harrower

Master Harold and the Boys - Athol Fugard

Sizwe Bansi is Dead - Athol Fugard

Miss Julie - Strindberg

Molly Sweeney - Brian Friel

Night Just Before The Forests - Bernard-Marie Koltes

Oleanna - David Mamet

Play - Samuel Beckett

Port Authority - Conor McPhearson

Quartet - Heiner Muller

Someone To Watch Over Me - Frank McGuiness

Le Ronde - Arthur Schnitzler

The Caretaker - Harold Pinter

The Censor - Anthony Neilson

The Country - Martin Crimp

The Dumb Waiter - Harold Pinter

The Lesson - Eugene Ionesco

The Maids - Jean Genet

The Zoo Story - Edward Albee

The Chairs - Eugene Ionesco

Disco Pigs - Enda Walsh

Dublin Carol - Conor McPherson


Sam Mendes

Persians - Aeschylus

Oedipus - Hughes (after Seneca)

Timon of Athens - Shakespeare

The White Devil - Webster

The Misanthrope - Moliere

Man and Superman - Shaw

Phedre - Racine

Fuente Ovejuna - Lope de Vega

Ivanov - Chekov

Ghosts - Ibsen

The Rose Tattoo - Williams

Strife - Galsworthy

Comedians - Griffiths

Mensch Meier - Kroetz

Cloud Nine - Churchill

Racing Demon - Hare

Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare

The Deep Blue Sea - Rattigan

Man is Man - Brecht

Bingo - Bond

Six Characters in Search of an Author - Pirandello

The Balcony - Genet

Travesties - Stoppard

A Flea in her Ear - Feydeau

The Well of the Saints – Synge


 Katie Mitchell

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The House of Bernada Alba - Lorca

The Cherry Orchard - Chekhov

The Three Sisters - Chekhov

Hedda Gabler - Ibsen

The Dolls House - Ibsen

The Maids - Genet/Crimp

Dream Play - Strindberg

Antigone - Sophocles

Vassa Zheleznova - Gorky

Iphigenia - Euripides

The Orestia - Aeschylus

The Glass Menagerie - Williams

Footfalls/Rockaby/Not I - Beckett

Krapp’s Last Tape - Beckett

Ashes to Ashes - Pinter

Mourning Becomes Electra - O’Neill

The Jewish Wife - Brecht

A Woman Killed with Kindness - Heywood

This is a Chair - Churchill

Attempts on Her Life - Crimp

A View From The Bridge - Miller

Arden of Faversham - Anon

The Dybbuk - Ansky

Live Like Pigs - Arden

Rutherford and Son - Sowerby