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- Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 16.91
Androcles and the Lion is a 1912 play written by George Bernard Shaw. Androcles and the Lion is Shaw's retelling of the tale of Androcles, a slave who is saved by the requited mercy of a lion. In the play, Shaw makes Androcles out to be one of many Christians being led to the Colosseum for torture. Characters in the play exemplify several themes... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 1975; US$ 18.32
The plays of Jacobean dramatist John Webster are masterpieces of early seventeenth-century English theatre. ?The White Devil? depicts a dark, sinister world of duplicity, intrigue and murderous infidelity, while ?The Duchess of Malfi? tells the macabre story of a woman who marries beneath herself and sets in motion a terrible cycle of violence. Unlike... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 12.68
Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views. In Shaw's hands, the phoneticist Henry Higgins is the... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 1999; US$ 22.55
While some of Shaw?s earlier plays are still performed, his later plays, such as the ones in this volume, are barely known. As the collective title indicates, the themes here are political; yet, frankly, it is doubtful how seriously we can now take Shaw as a political thinker. Despite writing in the 1930s, he has little to say of the nature of totalitarianism:... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 14.09
The three plays collected in this volume demonstrate Sheridan's unerring ability to create unrivalled comedy out of ingenious plots, witty repartee, farcical situations and flamboyant characters. And while he never overtly moralizes, Sheridan uses brilliant comedy to deflate hypocrisy and satirize the manners of his age. In The Rivals, Captain Absolute... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 12.68
Set in the First World War, Journey's End concerns a group of British officers on the front line and opens in a dugout in the trenches in France. Raleigh, a new eighteen-year-old officer fresh out of English public school, joins the besieged company of his friend and cricketing hero Stanhope, and finds him dramatically changed ... Laurence Olivier... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 1994; US$ 14.09
?A tearing, flaring, revivalist drama? was how Desmond MacCarthy described The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet. Set in America?s Wild West and aptly subtitled ?A Sermon in Crude Melodrama?, this single-act play concerns the conversion of a horse thief desperate to ?keep the devil? in him and die game. Published in 1909, it brought Shaw into conflict with... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 16.91
Following the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign in the early seventeenth century, the new court of King James was beset by political instability and moral corruption. This atmosphere provided fertile ground for the dramatists of the age, whose plays explore the ways in which social decadence and the abuse of power breed resentment and lead inexorably... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 11.27
The tale of Peachum, thief-taker and informer, conspiring to send the dashing and promiscuous highwayman Macheath to the gallows, became the theatrical sensation of the eighteenth century. In THE BEGGAR'S OPERA, John Gay turned conventions of Italian opera riotously upside-down, instead using traditional popular ballads and street tunes, while also... more...