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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 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 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...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 21.14
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 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 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 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 2005; US$ 16.91
After the restoration of King Charles II to the British throne in 1660, dramatists experienced new freedom in an age that broke from the strict morality of puritan rule and in which elegance and wit became the chief virtues. Irreverent, licentious and cynical, the three plays collected here hold up a mirror to this dazzling era and satirize the gulf... more...