100 Great Plays for Women

Book

100 Great Plays for Women is an inspiring guide to a hundred plays that put female performers centre stage, dispelling the myth that ‘there aren’t any good plays for women’. Written by Tonic’s Director Lucy Kerbel, the book features compact and insightful introductions to 100 plays, each of which has an entirely or predominantly female cast, with the female characters taking an equal or decisive role in driving the on-stage action.

100 Great Plays for Women celebrates the wealth of drama available for women to perform and is an indispensible reference tool for directors, producers, performers, teachers, and students of drama everywhere.

“A gem of a book… Lucy Kerbel has done hard-working directors and artistic directors, of spaces large and small, a great service.”
Kate Mosse, from her foreword

“essential… impressive scope and sweep… exhilarating. With luck, theatres will take note and playwrights will be inspired.”
Times Literary Supplement

“Rich and rewarding… this is an intelligently assembled collection, each play insightfully interrogated, its claims for inclusion persuasively argued. Producers, directors and actors will find much here to intrigue and excite.”
The Stage

100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books. Read about 100 Great Plays for Women in the Evening Standard.

Listen to Kate Mosse, who wrote the foreword, and Lucy Kerbel discuss 100 Great Plays for Women at the event held at the National Theatre to mark its launch in November 2013.

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