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  • The Cure at Troyby Seamus Heaney

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 11.90

    The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles' Philoctetes . Written in the fifth century BC, this play concerns the predicament of the outcast hero, Philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island of Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. Abandoned because of a wounded foot, Philoctetes nevertheless... more...

  • The One (NHB Modern Plays)by Vicky Jones

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    A viciously funny play about a couple trapped in a destructive cycle of love and lust. Winner of the 2013 Verity Bargate Award. Harry and Jo are up all night drawing the battle lines of a relationship based on desire, dependency and dirty games. The One premiered at the Soho Theatre, London in February 2014. more...

  • The Duchess of Malfi, The White Devil, The Broken Heart and 'Tis Pity She's a Whoreby John Ford; John Webster; Jane Kingsley-Smith

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 15.50

    These four plays, written during the reigns of James I and Charles I, took revenge tragedy in dark and ambiguous new directions. In The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil , John Webster explores the role of women and the problems of power, sex and corruption in the Italian court, creating two unforgettable anti-heroines. In The Broken Heart... more...

  • Pests (NHB Modern Plays)by Vivienne Franzmann

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    A hard-hitting, claustrophic drama about trying to escape your past. Pink loves Rolly. Rolly loves Pink. And Pink loves getting bombed off her face. Sisters from the same nest. Both trapped in a tiny rotting world. Both cuffed to a past that refuses to release them. One wants out. The other needs her in. Trouble is that when you complete each... more...

  • An Intervention (NHB Modern Plays)by Mike Bartlett

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    A touching, funny play about what happens when you hate your best friend. One of them went on the anti-war protest, shouted their lungs out, then got horrendously and staggeringly drunk. The other stayed at home, watched TV for a bit, and thought about the future. An Intervention premiered at the Watford Palace Theatre in April 2014, in a co-production... more...

  • My Night With Reg (NHB Modern Plays)by Kevin Elyot

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    An era-defining comedy set amongst London's gay community. Winner of the Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy. The play follows the ups and downs of a circle of gay friends over a period of several years. One of the group, the Reg mentioned in the title, is not a character in the play but the whole plot revolves around his... more...

  • Dracula (stage version) (NHB Modern Plays)by Bram Stoker

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    A thrilling adaptation, by acclaimed poet and playwright Liz Lochhead, that stays refreshingly close to Bram Stoker's classic novel. Asked to adapt it by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, she immersed herself in the book. 'After a sleepless night,' she writes in the Introduction, 'my hair was standing on end, what with the mad Renfield in his... more...

  • Apologia (NHB Modern Plays)by Alexi Kaye Campbell

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    A disastrous family reunion is the occasion for a sharp and perceptive look at what has happened to 60s idealists and their children. The follow-up to Alexi Kaye Campbell's award-winning debut play, The Pride . Kristin Miller is an eminent and successful art historian. As a young mother she followed her politics and vocation, storming Parisian... more...

  • Hedda (NHB Modern Plays)by Lucy Kirkwood

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    A bold new version of Ibsen's tragic masterpiece by an award-winning modern writer of Chimerica . In Lucy Kirkwood's version of Hedda Gabler , Ibsen's nineteenth-century heroine is relocated to present-day London, to startling effect. Hedda, still mourning for the father she adored, returns from honeymoon with a husband she doesn't love, to... more...

  • The Faith Machine (NHB Modern Plays)by Alexi Kaye Campbell

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 15.99

    Travelling from America to Britain to a remote Greek island, The Faith Machine explores the relationship between faith and capitalism and asks fundamental questions about the true meaning of love. On a beautiful September morning in New York, Sophie forces Tom into a decision. The choice he makes, and the events of that day, will change their... more...