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- Faber & Faber 1996; US$ 8.99
This version of Frank Wedekind's extraordinary play Spring Awakening was specially commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company. The themes it addresses and the sheer energy of the writing make this masterpiece of German symbolism startlingly relevant today. With its scenes of pubescent angst, sexual outspokenness, rape and homosexuality, the... more...
- Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 23.98
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$ 20.78
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$ 25.58
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$ 15.98
The three plays collected in this volume depict the faults, errors and foibles of ordinary people with exuberant humour, savage satire and acute observations. Volpone portrays a rich Venetian who pretends to be dying so that his despised acquaintances will flock to his bedside with extravagant gifts in hope of an inheritance. The Alchemist also deals... more...
- Simon & Schuster 2015; Not Available
Measure for Measure is among the most passionately discussed of Shakespeare's plays. In it, a duke temporarily removes himself from governing his city-state, deputizing a member of his administration, Angelo, to enforce the laws more rigorously. Angelo chooses as his first victim Claudio, condemning him to death because he impregnated Juliet before... more...
- Simon & Schuster 2015; Not Available
Shakespeare?s Comedy of Errors is the slapstick farce of his youth. In it, the lost twin sons of the old merchant Egeon?both named Antipholus?find themselves in Ephesus, without either one even knowing of the other's existence. Meanwhile, Egeon has arrived in search of the son he thinks is still alive?and has been sentenced to death for the "crime"... more...
- Faber & Faber 2006; US$ 8.99
Now a major motion picture from Fox Searchlight Pictures, The History Boys : The Film contains Alan Bennett's diary of the filming, the shooting script, and an introduction by director Nicholas Hytner, as well as an extensive plate section that includes a look behind the scenes and stills from the film. An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00
Four hundred years ago the medieval mystery plays, presented each year in various English villages to teach the stories of the Bible to the illiterate population, were the great classic English dramas. Queen Elizabeth I banned these plays because she considered them Roman Catholic, and since then the texts have been available only to scholars. ... more...
- Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 11.99
Obsessed with his own salvation, the hermit Paulo dedicates himself to ten years of prayerful penance. When his faith wavers, the ever-watchful Devil seizes the moment to convince him that he shares the fate of one Enrico, a notorious Neapolitan gangster destined for damnation. Swearing vengeance, Paulo lashes out against God and assembles a band... more...