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Famous Playwrights from England

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List of notable or famous playwrights from England, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in England and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to England. If you're trying to find out the names of famous English playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from England is included when available.

A factual list, featuring people like Aphra Behn and Ben Elton.

This historic playwrights from England list can help answer the questions "Who are some English playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from England?" These prominent playwrights of England may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected English playwrights.

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  • T. S. Eliot1

    T. S. Eliot

    Dec. at 77 (1888-1965)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965), "one of the twentieth century's...  more

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  • Ben Elton2

    Ben Elton

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceCatford, London, United Kingdom

    Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is a British-Australian comedian, author, playwright,...  more

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  • Anthony Burgess3

    Anthony Burgess

    Dec. at 76 (1917-1993)

    BirthplaceHarpurhey, Greater Manchester, North West England, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    John Anthony Burgess Wilson, (; 25 February 1917 – 22 November 1993), who published under the...  more

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  • Sarah Kane4

    Sarah Kane

    Dec. at 28 (1971-1999)

    BirthplaceBrentwood, United Kingdom

    Sarah Kane (3 February 1971 – 20 February 1999) was an English playwright who is known for her...  more

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  • Harold Pinter5

    Harold Pinter

    Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

    BirthplaceEast End of London, Eurasia, London Borough of Hackney, Greater London, United Kingdom

    Harold Pinter (; 10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a British playwright, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Noël Coward6

    Noël Coward

    Dec. at 74 (1899-1973)

    BirthplaceTeddington, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer,...  more

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  • Alan Bennett7

    BirthplaceWest Yorkshire, Armley, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories, Yorkshire and the Humber

    Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, and author. He...  more
  • Graham Greene8

    Graham Greene

    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)

    BirthplaceBerkhamsted, United Kingdom

    Henry Graham Greene (2 October 1904 – 3 April 1991), better known by his pen name Graham...  more
  • Robert Bolt9

    Robert Bolt

    Dec. at 71 (1924-1995)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Manchester, Sale, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    Robert Oxton Bolt, CBE (15 August 1924 – 21 February 1995) was an English playwright and a...  more
  • P. G. Wodehouse10

    P. G. Wodehouse

    Dec. at 94 (1881-1975)

    BirthplaceGuildford, United Kingdom

    Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (, WOOD-howss; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an...  more
  • Terence Rattigan11

    Terence Rattigan

    Dec. at 66 (1911-1977)

    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He...  more
  • Joe Orton12

    Joe Orton

    Dec. at 34 (1933-1967)

    BirthplaceEast Midlands, Eurasia, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, England

    John Kingsley Orton (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967), known under the pen name of Joe Orton,...  more
  • Peter Wildeblood13

    Peter Wildeblood

    Dec. at 76 (1923-1999)

    BirthplaceAlassio, Italy

    Peter Wildeblood (19 May 1923 – 14 November 1999) was an Anglo-Canadian journalist, novelist,...  more
  • John Dryden14

    John Dryden

    Dec. at 69 (1631-1700)

    BirthplaceAldwincle, United Kingdom

    John Dryden (; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English...  more
  • Laura Wade15

    Laura Wade

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceBedford, United Kingdom

    Laura Wade (born 16 October 1977) is an English playwright....  more
  • Benjamin Zephaniah16

    BirthplaceHandsworth, West Midlands, United Kingdom

    Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah (born 15 April 1958) is a British writer, dub poet and...  more

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  • Ben Jonson17

    Ben Jonson

    Dec. at 65 (1572-1637)

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Benjamin Jonson (c. 11 June 1572 – c. 16 August 1637) was an English playwright and poet,...  more

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  • William Corlett18

    William Corlett

    Dec. at 67 (1938-2005)

    BirthplaceDarlington, United Kingdom

    William Corlett (8 October 1938 – 16 August 2005), was an English author, best known for his...  more
  • Charlotte Lennox19

    Charlotte Lennox

    Dec. at 74 (1730-1804)

    BirthplaceGibraltar, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    Charlotte Lennox, née Ramsay (c. 1730 – 4 January 1804), was a Scottish author and poet,...  more
  • Aphra Behn20

    Aphra Behn

    Dec. at 49 (1640-1689)

    BirthplaceCanterbury, United Kingdom

    Aphra Behn (; bapt. 14 December 1640 – 16 April 1689) was an English playwright, poet,...  more
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    Jane West

    Dec. at 94 (1758-1852)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Jane West, who published as Prudentia Homespun and Mrs. West, was an English novelist, poet,...  more
  • John Galsworthy22

    John Galsworthy

    Dec. at 66 (1867-1933)

    BirthplaceKingston upon Thames, London, United Kingdom

    John Galsworthy (; 14 August 1867 – 31 January 1933) was an English novelist and playwright....  more
  • A. A. Milne23

    A. A. Milne

    Dec. at 74 (1882-1956)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Alan Alexander Milne (; 18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known...  more
  • Sebastian Shaw24

    Sebastian Shaw

    Dec. at 89 (1905-1994)

    BirthplaceHolt, United Kingdom

    Sebastian Lewis Shaw (29 May 1905 – 23 December 1994) was an English actor, director,...  more
  • Dorothy L. Sayers25

    Dorothy L. Sayers

    Dec. at 64 (1893-1957)

    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Dorothy Leigh Sayers (; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was an English crime writer and poet....  more