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Tony Award For Best Play
Tony Award for
Best Play
Awarded forBest Play
LocationNew York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held byThe Ferryman by Jez Butterworth (2019)

The Tony Award for Best Play (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award given to the best new (non-musical) play on Broadway, as determined by Tony Award voters. There was no award in the Tonys' first year. All My Sons has been incorrectly categorized as the Best Play of 1947, but it won the Best Author award for Arthur Miller. The following year Mister Roberts received the first Tony Award as Best Play. The award goes to the authors and the producers of the play.[1] Plays that have appeared in previous Broadway productions are instead eligible for Best Revival of a Play.

Award winners

+ marks winners of the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

*marks a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  indicates the winner.




Year Production Author
14th Tony Awards
The Miracle Worker William Gibson
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
The Best Man Gore Vidal
The Tenth Man Paddy Chayefsky
Toys in the Attic Lillian Hellman
15th Tony Awards
Becket Jean Anouilh
All the Way Home + Tad Mosel
The Devil's Advocate Dore Schary
The Hostage Brendan Behan
16th Tony Awards
A Man for All Seasons Robert Bolt
Gideon Paddy Chayefsky
The Caretaker Harold Pinter
The Night of the Iguana Tennessee Williams
17th Tony Awards
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
A Thousand Clowns Herb Gardner
Mother Courage and Her Children Bertolt Brecht
Tchin-Tchin Sidney Michaels
18th Tony Awards
Luther John Osborne
Barefoot in the Park Neil Simon
Dylan Sidney Michaels
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Edward Albee
19th Tony Awards
The Subject Was Roses + Frank D. Gilroy
Luv Murray Schisgal
The Odd Couple Neil Simon
Tiny Alice Edward Albee
20th Tony Awards
Marat/Sade Peter Weiss
Inadmissible Evidence John Osborne
Philadelphia, Here I Come! Brian Friel
The Right Honourable Gentleman Michael Dyne
21st Tony Awards
The Homecoming Harold Pinter
A Delicate Balance + Edward Albee
Black Comedy Peter Shaffer
The Killing of Sister George Frank Marcus
22nd Tony Awards
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Peter Nichols
Plaza Suite Neil Simon
The Price Arthur Miller
23rd Tony Awards
The Great White Hope + Howard Sackler
Hadrian VII Peter Luke
Lovers Brian Friel
The Man in the Glass Booth Robert Shaw


Year Production Author
24th Tony Awards
Borstal Boy Frank McMahon
Child's Play Robert Marasco
Indians Arthur Kopit
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers Neil Simon
25th Tony Awards
Sleuth Anthony Shaffer
Home David Storey
Paul Sills' Story Theatre Paul Sills
The Philanthropist Christopher Hampton
26th Tony Awards
Sticks and Bones David Rabe
Old Times Harold Pinter
The Prisoner of Second Avenue Neil Simon
Vivat! Vivat Regina! Robert Bolt
27th Tony Awards
That Championship Season + Jason Miller
Butley Simon Gray
The Changing Room David Storey
The Sunshine Boys Neil Simon
28th Tony Awards
The River Niger Joseph A. Walker
In the Boom Boom Room David Rabe
The Au Pair Man Hugh Leonard
Ulysses in Nighttown Marjorie Barkentin
29th Tony Awards
Equus Peter Shaffer
Same Time, Next Year Bernard Slade
Seascape + Edward Albee
Short Eyes Miguel Pinero
Sizwe Banzi Is Dead / The Island Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona
The National Health Peter Nichols
30th Tony Awards
Travesties Tom Stoppard
Knock Knock Jules Feiffer
Lamppost Reunion Louis La Russo
The First Breeze of Summer Leslie Lee
31st Tony Awards
The Shadow Box + Michael Cristofer
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Ntozake Shange
Otherwise Engaged Simon Gray
Streamers David Rabe
32nd Tony Awards
Da Hugh Leonard
Chapter Two Neil Simon
Deathtrap Ira Levin
The Gin Game + Donald L. Coburn
33rd Tony Awards
The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance
Bedroom Farce Alan Ayckbourn
Whose Life Is It Anyway? Brian Clark
Wings Arthur Kopit



Year Production Author
44th Tony Awards
The Grapes of Wrath Frank Galati
Lettice and Lovage Peter Shaffer
Prelude to a Kiss Craig Lucas
The Piano Lesson + August Wilson
45th Tony Awards
Lost in Yonkers + Neil Simon
Our Country's Good Timberlake Wertenbaker
Shadowlands William Nicholson
Six Degrees of Separation* John Guare
46th Tony Awards
Dancing at Lughnasa Brian Friel
Four Baboons Adoring the Sun John Guare
Two Shakespearean Actors Richard Nelson
Two Trains Running* August Wilson
47th Tony Awards
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches + Tony Kushner
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me Frank McGuinness
The Sisters Rosensweig Wendy Wasserstein
The Song of Jacob Zulu Tug Yourgrau
48th Tony Awards
Angels in America: Perestroika Tony Kushner
Broken Glass Arthur Miller
The Kentucky Cycle + Robert Schenkkan
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 Anna Deavere Smith
49th Tony Awards
Love! Valour! Compassion! Terrence McNally
Arcadia Tom Stoppard
Having Our Say Emily Mann
Indiscretions Jean Cocteau
50th Tony Awards
Master Class Terrence McNally
Buried Child Sam Shepard
Racing Demon David Hare
Seven Guitars* August Wilson
51st Tony Awards
The Last Night of Ballyhoo* Alfred Uhry
Skylight David Hare
Stanley Pam Gems
The Young Man From Atlanta + Horton Foote
52nd Tony Awards
'Art' Yasmina Reza
Freak John Leguizamo
Golden Child David Henry Hwang
The Beauty Queen of Leenane Martin McDonagh
53rd Tony Awards
Side Man* Warren Leight
Closer Patrick Marber
Not About Nightingales Tennessee Williams
The Lonesome West Martin McDonagh



Year Production Author
64th Tony Awards
Red John Logan
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)* Sarah Ruhl
Next Fall Geoffrey Nauffts
Time Stands Still Donald Margulies
65th Tony Awards
War Horse Nick Stafford
Good People David Lindsay-Abaire
Jerusalem Jez Butterworth
The Motherfucker with the Hat Stephen Adly Guirgis
66th Tony Awards
Clybourne Park + Bruce Norris
Other Desert Cities* Jon Robin Baitz
Peter and the Starcatcher Rick Elice
Venus in Fur David Ives
67th Tony Awards
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Christopher Durang
Lucky Guy Nora Ephron
The Assembled Parties Richard Greenberg
The Testament of Mary Colm Toibin
68th Tony Awards
All the Way Robert Schenkkan
Act One James Lapine
Casa Valentina Harvey Fierstein
Mothers and Sons Terrence McNally
Outside Mullingar John Patrick Shanley
69th Tony Awards
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Simon Stephens
Disgraced + Ayad Akhtar
Hand to God Robert Askins
Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two Hilary Mantel & Mike Poulton
70th Tony Awards
The Humans* Stephen Karam
Eclipsed Danai Gurira
King Charles III Mike Bartlett
The Father Florian Zeller
71st Tony Awards
Oslo J. T. Rogers
A Doll's House, Part 2 Lucas Hnath
Indecent Paula Vogel
Sweat + Lynn Nottage
72nd Tony Awards
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Jack Thorne
The Children Lucy Kirkwood
Farinelli and the King Claire van Kampen
Junk Ayad Akhtar
Latin History for Morons John Leguizamo
73rd Tony Awards
The Ferryman Jez Butterworth
Choir Boy Tarell Alvin McCraney
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Taylor Mac
Ink James Graham
What the Constitution Means to Me* Heidi Schreck


Award records

Multiple awards and nominations


British writer Tom Stoppard has won this award four times, more than any other playwright. Only seven other writers (Arthur Miller, Terrence McNally, Tony Kushner, Edward Albee, Neil Simon, Yasmina Reza and Peter Shaffer) have won the award more than once, each winning twice.

With ten nominations, Neil Simon has been nominated for the award more than any other playwright. August Wilson, with nine nominations, comes in second, followed by Tom Stoppard (seven nominations), Edward Albee (six nominations), and Arthur Miller (five nominations).

In 1994, Tony Kushner became the first playwright to win consecutive Tony Awards for his two-part Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Terrence McNally repeated this feat the following two years with his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class.

See also


  • "Tony Award: Play". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved .

External links

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