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  • The School for Scandal and Other Playsby Richard Sheridan; Eric Rump

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 14.09

    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...

  • Androcles and the Lionby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    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...

  • Journey's Endby Robert Cedric Sherriff

    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...

  • The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet and Fanny's First Playby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    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...

  • Misalliance and the Fascinating Foundlingby Dan Laurence; George Bernard Shaw

    Penguin Books Ltd 1995; US$ 14.09

    This volume features the play Misalliance, which explores the incongruities of human nature and family life, and Shaw's one-act burlesque, The Fascinating Foundling. more...

  • Three Revenge Tragediesby Cyril Tourneur; John Webster; Thomas Middleton

    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...

  • The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Playsby Oscar Wilde; Richard Cave

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 12.68

    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...

  • Three Restoration Comediesby George Etherege; William Congreve; William Wycherley

    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...

  • The Beggar's Operaby John Gay; Bryan Loughrey; T.O. Treadwell

    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...

  • Man and Supermanby George Bernard Shaw; Dan Laurence; Stanley Weintraub

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 12.68

    Shaw began writing MAN AND SUPERMAN in 1901 and determined to write a play that would encapsulate the new century's intellectual inheritance. Shaw drew not only on Byron's verse satire, but also on Shakespeare, the Victorian comedy fashionable in his early life, and from authors from Conan Doyle to Kipling. In this powerful drama of ideas, Shaw... more...