Definition of playwright in English:



  • A person who writes plays.

    • ‘The influence of playwrights like Pinter and Beckett was more apparent in his teens.’
    • ‘The most notable of the playwrights are Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles.’
    • ‘There are poets, playwrights, essayists and those who can write articles on various topics among them.’
    • ‘The playwright's script seizes rich language that allows the story to tell itself.’
    • ‘As you know, the relationship between playwrights and dramaturges is rather delicate.’
    • ‘The Chelsea Theatre is committed to presenting new plays by new writers alongside premieres by established playwrights.’
    • ‘What else is there to write about when you are a young playwright casting around for ideas?’
    • ‘She said that the solution to the problem is not to make theatres hire more black actors but to get more black playwrights to write plays for them.’
    • ‘Novelists, poets and playwrights all see such biographers as parasites.’
    • ‘None the less, you can't help thinking that Eliot was a far better poet than he was a playwright.’
    • ‘Young directors work closely alongside the playwrights, both eager to enable each other to learn and discover from each other.’
    • ‘The playwrights seem to suggest that by not opening up, men remain lost.’
    • ‘They specialise in the less well-known works of major European playwrights such as Ionesco.’
    • ‘George F Walker is one of Canada's most prolific and widely-produced playwrights.’
    • ‘All in all, it is reminder that even with a natural talent, playwrights do not necessarily spring fully formed.’
    • ‘I think in terms of style of directing, the onus really falls on the playwright.’
    • ‘He never quite regained his position as a playwright although as a songwriter and cabaret artist he was triumphant.’
    • ‘As a stage actor and, lately, a television star, he is probably the last person you would think of as a playwright of note.’
    • ‘This may very well be true yet, regrettably, the playwright forgot to let us in on the mystery.’
    • ‘Even if these people are the fictional creations of a playwright, you feel that you know them at the end of a good play.’
    dramatist, writer, tragedian
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