Tony Award for
Best Play
Awarded forBest Play
LocationNew York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held byLeopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard (2023)

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. The award goes to the authors and the producers of the play. Plays that have appeared in previous Broadway productions are instead eligible for Best Revival of a Play.

Award winners

† marks winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama[1]

* marks finalists of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama[1]

  indicates the winner.


Year Production Author
2nd Tony Awards
Mister Roberts Thomas Heggen & Joshua Logan
3rd Tony Awards
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller


Year Production Author
4th Tony Awards
The Cocktail Party T. S. Eliot
5th Tony Awards
The Rose Tattoo Tennessee Williams
6th Tony Awards
The Fourposter Jan de Hartog
7th Tony Awards
The Crucible Arthur Miller
8th Tony Awards
The Teahouse of the August Moon John Patrick
9th Tony Awards
The Desperate Hours Joseph Hayes
10th Tony Awards
The Diary of Anne Frank Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
Bus Stop William Inge
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams
Tiger at the Gates Jean Giraudoux
The Chalk Garden Enid Bagnold
11th Tony Awards
Long Day's Journey into Night Eugene O'Neill
Separate Tables Terence Rattigan
The Potting Shed Graham Greene
The Waltz of the Toreadors Jean Anouilh
12th Tony Awards
Sunrise at Campobello Dore Schary
Look Back in Anger John Osborne
Look Homeward, Angel Ketti Frings
Romanoff and Juliet Peter Ustinov
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs William Inge
The Rope Dancers Morton Wishengrad
Time Remembered Jean Anouilh
Two for the Seesaw William Gibson
13th Tony Awards
J.B. Archibald MacLeish
A Touch of the Poet Eugene O'Neill
Epitaph for George Dillon John Osborne
The Disenchanted Harvey Breit & Budd Schulberg
The Visit Friedrich Dürrenmatt


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 Producers
34th Tony Awards
Children of a Lesser God Mark Medoff Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization, Dasha Epstein, and Ron Dante
Bent Martin Sherman Jack Schlissel and Steven Steinlauf
Home Samm-Art Williams Elizabeth I. McCann, Nelle Nugent, Gerald S. Krone, and Ray Larsen
Talley's Folly Lanford Wilson Nancy Cooperstein, Porter Van Zandt, and Marc Howard
35th Tony Awards
Amadeus Peter Shaffer The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth I. McCann, Nelle Nugent, and Roger S. Berlind
A Lesson from Aloes Athol Fugard Jay J. Cohen, Richard Press, Louis Bush Hager Associates, and Yale Repertory Theater
A Life Hugh Leonard Lester Osterman, Richard Horner, Hinks Shimberg, and Freydberg-Cutler-Diamond Productions
Fifth of July Lanford Wilson Jerry Arrow, Robert Lussier, and Warner Theater Productions
36th Tony Awards
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby David Edgar James M. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Elizabeth I. McCann, and Nelle Nugent
Crimes of the Heart Beth Henley Warner Theater Productions, Inc., Claire Nichtern, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards, and Francine Le Frak
"Master Harold"...and the Boys Athol Fugard The Shubert Organization, Freydberg/Bloch Productions, Dasha Epstein, Emanuel Azenberg and David Geffen
The Dresser Ronald Harwood James M. Nederlander, Elizabeth I. McCann, Nelle Nugent, Warner Theater Productions, Inc., and Michael Codron
37th Tony Awards
Torch Song Trilogy Harvey Fierstein Kenneth Waissman, Martin Markinson, Lawrence Lane, John Glines, BetMar, and Donald Tick
Angels Fall Lanford Wilson Elliot Martin, Circle Repertory Co., Lucille Lortel, The Shubert Organization, and The Kennedy Center
Plenty David Hare Joseph Papp
'night, Mother Marsha Norman Dann Byck, Wendell Cherry, The Shubert Organization and Frederick M. Zollo
38th Tony Awards
The Real Thing Tom Stoppard Emanuel Azenberg, The Shubert Organization, Icarus Productions, Byron Goldman, Ivan Bloch, Roger Berlind, and Michael Codron
Glengarry Glen Ross David Mamet Elliot Martin, The Shubert Organization, Arnold Bernhard, and The Goodman Theater
Noises Off Michael Frayn James Nederlander, Robert Fryer, Jerome Minskoff, The Kennedy Center, Michael Codron, Jonathan Farkas, and MTM Enterprises, Inc.
Play Memory Joanna Glass Alexander H. Cohen and Hildy Parks
39th Tony Awards
Biloxi Blues Neil Simon Emanuel Azenberg, and the Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
As Is William M. Hoffman John Glines/Lawrence Lane, Lucille Lortel, and The Shubert Organization
Hurlyburly David Rabe Icarus Productions, Frederick M. Zollo, Ivan Bloch and ERB Productions
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom August Wilson Ivan Bloch, Robert Cole, and Frederick M. Zollo
40th Tony Awards
I'm Not Rappaport Herb Gardner James Walsh, Lewis Allen, and Martin Heinfling
Benefactors Michael Frayn James M. Nederlander, Robert Fryer, Douglas Urbanski, Michael Codron, MTM Enterprises, Inc., and CBS Productions
Blood Knot Athol Fugard James B. Freydberg, Max Weitzenhoffer, Lucille Lortel, Estrin Rose Berman Productions, and F.W.M. Producing Group
The House of Blue Leaves John Guare Lincoln Center Theater, Gregory Mosher, and Bernard Gersten
41st Tony Awards
Fences August Wilson Carole Shorenstein Hays and The Yale Repertory Theatre
Broadway Bound* Neil Simon Emanuel Azenberg
Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Circle in the Square, Theodore Mann, and Paul Libin
Les Liaisons Dangereuses Christopher Hampton James M. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Inc., Jerome Minskoff, Elizabeth I. McCann, Stephen Graham, and Jonathan Farkas
42nd Tony Awards
M. Butterfly* David Henry Hwang Stuart Ostrow and David Geffen
A Walk in the Woods Lee Blessing Lucille Lortel, American Playhouse Theatre Productions, and Yale Repertory Theatre
Joe Turner's Come and Gone August Wilson Elliot Martin, Vy Higginsen, Ken Wydro, and Yale Repertory Theatre
Speed-the-Plow David Mamet Lincoln Center Theater, Gregory Mosher, and Bernard Gersten
43rd Tony Awards
The Heidi Chronicles Wendy Wasserstein The Shubert Organization, Suntory International Corp., James Walsh, and Playwrights Horizons
Largely New York Bill Irwin James Freydberg, Kenneth Feld, Jerry L. Cohen, Max Weitzenhoffer, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Walt Disney Studios.
Lend Me a Tenor Ken Ludwig Martin Stargar and The Really Useful Theatre Co., Inc.
Shirley Valentine Willy Russell The Really Useful Theater Co., Inc., and Bob Swash


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
54th Tony Awards
Copenhagen Michael Frayn
Dirty Blonde Claudia Shear
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan Arthur Miller
True West Sam Shepard
55th Tony Awards
Proof David Auburn
King Hedley II* August Wilson
The Invention of Love Tom Stoppard
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Charles Busch
56th Tony Awards
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?* Edward Albee
Fortune's Fool Mike Poulton
Metamorphoses Mary Zimmerman
Topdog/Underdog Suzan-Lori Parks
57th Tony Awards
Take Me Out* Richard Greenberg
Enchanted April Matthew Barber
Say Goodnight, Gracie Rupert Holmes
Vincent in Brixton Nicholas Wright
58th Tony Awards
I Am My Own Wife Doug Wright
Anna in the Tropics Nilo Cruz
Frozen Bryony Lavery
The Retreat from Moscow William Nicholson
59th Tony Awards
Doubt John Patrick Shanley
Democracy Michael Frayn
Gem of the Ocean August Wilson
The Pillowman Martin McDonagh
60th Tony Awards
The History Boys Alan Bennett
Rabbit Hole David Lindsay-Abaire
Shining City Conor McPherson
The Lieutenant of Inishmore Martin McDonagh
61st Tony Awards
The Coast of Utopia Tom Stoppard
Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan
The Little Dog Laughed Douglas Carter Beane
Radio Golf August Wilson
62nd Tony Awards
August: Osage County Tracy Letts
Rock 'n' Roll Tom Stoppard
The 39 Steps Patrick Barlow
The Seafarer Conor McPherson
63rd Tony Awards
God of Carnage Yasmina Reza
33 Variations Moisés Kaufman
Dividing the Estate Horton Foote
reasons to be pretty Neil LaBute


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, John Tiffany & J. K. Rowling
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[2] 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


Year Production Author
74th Tony Awards
The Inheritance[3] Matthew Lopez
Grand Horizons Bess Wohl
Sea Wall/A Life Simon Stephens and Nick Payne
Slave Play Jeremy O. Harris
The Sound Inside Adam Rapp
Ceremony not held
75th Tony Awards
The Lehman Trilogy[4] Stefano Massini
Clyde's Lynn Nottage
Hangmen Martin McDonagh
The Minutes* Tracy Letts
Skeleton Crew Dominique Morisseau
76th Tony Awards
Leopoldstadt Tom Stoppard
Ain't No Mo' Jordan E. Cooper
Between Riverside and Crazy Stephen Adly Guirgis
Cost of Living Martyna Majok
Fat Ham James Ijames

Award records

Multiple awards and nominations

Awards Nominations Recipient
5 8 Tom Stoppard
2 10 Neil Simon
6 Edward Albee
5 Arthur Miller
4 Peter Shaffer
3 Terrence McNally
2 Tony Kushner
Yasmina Reza
1 9 August Wilson
4 David Rabe
John Osborne
Michael Frayn
Tennessee Williams
3 Brian Friel
Harold Pinter
Hugh Leonard
Jean Anouilh
2 David Henry Hwang
Dore Schary
Eugene O'Neill
Harvey Fierstein
Herb Gardner
Jez Butterworth
John Patrick Shanley
Richard Greenberg
Robert Bolt
Robert Schenkkan
Simon Stephens
Tracy Letts
Wendy Wasserstein
William Gibson
Awards Nominations Recipient
0 5 Martin McDonagh
4 Athol Fugard
3 David Hare
John Guare
Lanford Wilson
2 Arthur Kopit
Ayad Akhtar
Christopher Hampton
Conor McPherson
David Lindsay-Abaire
David Mamet
David Storey
Horton Foote
John Leguizamo
Mike Poulton
Paddy Chayefsky
Peter Nichols
Lynn Nottage
Sam Shepard
Sidney Michaels
Simon Gray
Stephen Adly Guirgis
William Inge
William Nicholson


British writer Tom Stoppard has won this award five 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 (eight nominations), Edward Albee (six nominations), Arthur Miller (five nominations), and Martin McDonagh (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


  1. ^ a b "Drama - The Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved April 4, 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ 2019 Tony Award Winners: Full List - The New York Times
  3. ^ All of the Winners from the 2020 Tony Awards|BroadwayWorld
  4. ^ Tony Awards 2022:'A Strange Loop', 'The Lehman Trilogy' take Broadway's top honors - USA Today