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- Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 10.14
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...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 13.52
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...
- Penguin Books Ltd 1983; US$ 12.68
Mike Leigh?s 1970s classic play ?Abigail?s Party? focuses on an evening of domestic hell in the guise of a suburban drinks soirée. While teenager Abigail parties a few doors away, the pretentious Beverly and her estate agent husband, Laurence, entertain their neighbours ? Abigail?s mother, Susan, ex-footballer, Tony, and his wife, Angela. But as the... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 1994; US$ 11.27
?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 2006; US$ 16.91
With piercing accuracy William ongreve depicted the shallow, brittle world of 'society' where the right artifice in manners, fashion and conversation--and money--eased the passage to success. Through sparkling, witty dialogue and brilliant characterisation--Lady Plyant, Valentine, Lady Touchwood, Mirabell and Millamant--Congreve exposed the follies... 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 2004; US$ 11.27
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 1997; US$ 14.65
The 18 plays are: The Shadowy Waters; Cathleen in Houlihan; The Hour Glass; On Baile's Strabd; The Green Helmet; Deirdre; At the Hawk's Well; The Dreaming of the Bones; The Cat and the Moon; The Only Jealousy of Emer; Calvary; Sophocles' King Oedipus; The Resurrection; The Words Upon the Windwo-FPane; The King of the Great Clock Tower; The herne's... more...