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  1. Which Terence Rattigan play features a fourteen-year-old cadet expelled from Naval College for stealing a five-shilling postal order?
  2. Willy Loman is the central character of which 1949 stage play?
  3. Whose best known work is the 1953 play Waiting for Godot?
  4. Which play dramatises the life of Southern belle, Blanche DuBois?

  5. Kiss Me, Kate is a musical version of which William Shakespeare play?
  6. Which Anthony Shaffer play was adapted to a film version starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine?
  7. Which one-character play by Willy Russell is about a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife?
  8. Who wrote the four-act drama Man and Superman in 1903?
  9. Of all of Shakespeare's characters, which speaks the most lines in a single play?
  10. Name the character that journeys from the Norwegian mountains to the North African desert in a Henrik Ibsen play?
  11. Doctor Faustus is an Elizabethan tragedy by which playwright?
  12. Which Anton Chekhov play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife?
  13. Which Shakespeare play has an English placename in its title?
  14. Which English playwright, who had a very short public career from 1964 until his death in 1967, wrote the plays Loot and What the Butler Saw?
  15. What sort of sandwiches does Algernon Moncrieff have a craving for in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde?
  16. What was the name of John Osborne's very successful 1956 play?
  17. Which Alan Bennet play opens in Cutlers' Grammar School, Sheffield?
  18. Which Harold Pinter play features Stanley Webber, who lives in a rundown boarding house?
  19. What sort of monster was first mentioned in the Shakespeare play Othello?
  20. Which Noel Coward play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family?
  21. Which play by Robert Bolt is based on the life of Sir Thomas More?
  22. Which play features two mismatched roommates: the slovenly, easygoing Oscar Madison and the neat, uptight Felix Ungar?
  23. Which 2009 play by Jez Butterworth is a study of a changing England built around local waster Johnny "Rooster" Byron?
  24. The phrase "its all Greek to me" comes from which Shakespeare play?
  25. Which play takes its title from a British juvenile jail, at Hollesley Bay?
  26. The line "Never a lender nor a borrower be" comes from which Shakespearean play?
  27. Which Edward Albee play, first staged in 1962, examines the complexities of the marriage of a middle-aged couple, Martha and George?


  1. The Winslow Boy
  2. Death of a Salesman (by Arthur Miller)
  3. Samuel Beckett
  4. A Streetcar Named Desire (by Tennessee Williams)
  5. The Taming of the Shrew
  6. Sleuth (1970)
  7. Shirley Valentine
  8. George Bernard Shaw
  9. Richard III
  10. Peer Gynt
  11. Christopher Marlowe
  12. Uncle Vanya
  13. The Merry Wives of Windsor
  14. Joe Orton
  15. Cucumber sandwiches
  16. Look Back in Anger
  17. The History Boys
  18. The Birthday Party
  19. The Green Eyed Monster
  20. Hay Fever
  21. A Man for All Seasons

  22. The Odd Couple (by Neil Simon)
  23. Jerusalem
  24. Julius Caesar
  25. Borstal Boy
  26. Hamlet
  27. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?