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5 modern Plays That Will Be Future Classics

The term classic is a little vague but we can all think of examples of “classic” plays. My choices include Death of a Salesman, The Iceman Cometh, The Glass Menagerie and A Raisin in the Sun. These are all classics now, but which modern plays might join their ranks as “classic”. Here are some of my choices!

#1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

What do I need to say for this one? You know how stunning this play is. You know the stellar performances. You know the breakthrough design of the sets and costumes. You know the incredible technical aspects of it. Just like the books and films that came before it, The Cursed Child will keep the magic of Hogwarts alive for a long time!

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#2 War Horse

This is one of the greatest plays I have seen in a while. The craft of the horses, not only their physical design but their movement too. To be able to control one of those horses, or just be able to stand next to one, will be an experience for me. The show's writing is both incredibly moving and also has some genuine laughs so there is really something special in this play!

#3 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A landmark for representation of mental illness in theatre is the story of a boy named Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum disorder, going on a detective journey to find out the killer of his neighbour's dog. Portraying the show through the eyes of Christopher, showing us how people like him view the world. Along with that, it's just a moving and inspirational story for anyone!

  1. Christopher’s characterization is spot on. I was especially excited to hear recently that an actor on the spectrum was cast in the lead because my son is an actor with Aspergers. However, ASD is a neurological disorder, NOT a mental illness.

#4 The Humans

I'm British but even I know that not all Thanksgiving dinners go perfectly. There will always be an argument between people that just grows and grows and then ruins the whole dinner. The Humans is about a dinner that is entirely a large argument. LGBT community, Alzheimer's disease, economics and religion are all things this family argues on for an entire night. This show will hopefully be passed down for families just to tell them: "You had a bad Thanksgiving dinner? Bet it wasn't as bad as this one!".

#5 “Art”

This one is personal as it is one of favourites plays ever! The oldest play on this list is by French playwright Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. The story concerns good 3 friends: Marc, Serge and Yvan (pronounced Ivan) who's friendship is on the brink of collapsing after Serge buys a 5ft by 4ft painting that is white with a white background for €200,000. Serge is proud of his purchase, Marc hates it and Yvan tries to stop them from fighting. This play about friendship and, you guessed it, art is hilarious and thrilling and should be remembered as such!

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