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  • Plays Politicalby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    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...

  • Androcles and the Lionby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    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...

  • Three Plays for Puritansby George Bernard Shaw; Michael Billington

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 21.14

    Shaw believed that theatre audiences of the 1890s deserved more than the hollow spectacle and sham he saw displayed on the London stage. But he also recognized that people wanted to be entertained while educated, and to see purpose mixed with pleasure. In these three plays of ideas, Shaw employed traditional dramatic forms - Victorian melodrama, the... more...

  • Journey's Endby Robert Cedric Sherriff

    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...

  • The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Playsby Oscar Wilde; Richard Cave

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 12.68

    Wilde was both a glittering wordsmith and a social outsider. His drama emerges out of these two perhaps contradictory identities, combining epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation. Includes Lady Windermere's Fan, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, A Florentine Tragedy and The Importance of Being Earnest, which appears... more...

  • Three Revenge Tragediesby Cyril Tourneur; John Webster; Thomas Middleton

    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...

  • The Beggar's Operaby John Gay; Bryan Loughrey; T.O. Treadwell

    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...

  • The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet and Fanny's First Playby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    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...

  • Misalliance and the Fascinating Foundlingby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    Penguin Books Ltd 1995; US$ 14.09

    This volume features the play Misalliance, which explores the incongruities of human nature and family life, and Shaw's one-act burlesque, The Fascinating Foundling. more...

  • An Inspector Calls and Other Playsby J. B. Priestley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 14.09

    An Inspector Calls, first produced in 1946 when society was undergoing sweeping transformations, has recently enjoyed an enormously successful revival. While holding its audience with the gripping tension of a detective thriller, it is also a philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values. Time and the Conways and... more...