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  • The Two Gentlemen of Veronaby William Shakespeare; Russell Jackson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Leaving behind both home and beloved, a young man travels to Milan to meet his closest friend. Once there, however, he falls in love with his friend's new sweetheart and resolves to seduce her. Love-crazed and desperate, he is soon moved to commit cynical acts of betrayal. And comic scenes involving a servant and his dog enhance the play's exploration... more...

  • Henry IV Part Twoby William Shakespeare; Adrian Poole

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 14.09

    Angered by the loss of his son in battle, the Earl of Northumberland supports another rebellion against King Henry IV, bringing the country to the brink of civil war. Sick and weary, the old King sends out his forces, including the unruly Sir John Falstaff, to meet the rebels. But as the conflict grows, he must also confront a more personal problem... more...

  • Julius Caesarby William Shakespeare; Norman Sanders; Martin Wiggins

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    When it seems that Julius Caesar may assume supreme power, a plot to destroy him is hatched by those determined to preserve the threatened republic. But the different motives of the conspirators soon become apparent when high principles clash with malice and political realism. As the nation plunges into bloody civil war, this taut drama explores the... more...

  • A Midsummer Night's Dreamby William Shakespeare; Stanley Wells; Helen Hackett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    A young woman flees Athens with her lover, only to be pursued by her would-be husband and by her best friend. Unwittingly, all four find themselves in an enchanted forest where fairies and sprites soon take an interest in human affairs, dispensing magical love potions and casting mischievous spells. In this dazzling comedy, confusion ends in harmony,... more...

  • Much Ado About Nothingby William Shakespeare; Janette Dillon

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    A vivacious woman and a high-spirited man both claim that they are determined never to marry. But when their friends trick them into believing that each harbours secret feelings for the other, they begin to question whether their witty banter and sharp-tongued repartee conceals something deeper. Schemes abound, misunderstandings proliferate and matches... more...

  • Macbethby William Shakespeare; Carol Rutter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror - killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him. A story of war, witchcraft and bloodshed, Macbeth also depicts the relationship between husbands... more...

  • Coriolanusby William Shakespeare; G. R. Hibbard; Paul Prescott

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 12.68

    A peerless general is offered the consulship of Rome after his triumph over the city of Corioles. Too proud to respect the will of the people, however, he soon finds himself despised by the mob, and speaks out passionately against popular rule. Driven from the city as a traitor, he allies himself with his old enemies and begins to plot a merciless... more...

  • The Winter's Taleby William Shakespeare; Paul Edmondson; Russ McDonald

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    The jealous King of Sicily becomes convinced that his wife is carrying the child of his best friend. Imprisoned and put on trial, the Queen collapses when the King refuses to accept the divine confirmation of her innocence. The child is abandoned to die on the coast of Bohemia. But when she is found and raised by a shepherd, it seems redemption may... more...

  • The Taming of the Shrewby William Shakespeare; G. R. Hibbard; M. J. Kidnie

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 12.68

    The beautiful but sharp-tongued Katherina has sworn never to accept the demands of any would-be husband. But when she is pursued by the wily Petruchio, it seems that she has finally met her match. And as he meets her own caustic words with a feigned, capricious cruelty, Katherina quickly comes to understand the absurdity of her shrewish behaviour,... more...

  • The Comedy of Errorsby William Shakespeare; Paul Edmondson; Stanley Wells; Randall Martin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.27

    Two sets of identical twins, separated at sea as children, find themselves in the same city for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds, as the wife of one man declares the other to be her husband, pronouncing him mad when he denies the claim. Exuberant, complex and brilliantly farcical,... more...