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  • 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 R. C. 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...

  • 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 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...

  • The Way of the World and Other Playsby William Congreve

    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...

  • Three Plays for Puritansby George Bernard Shaw; Michael Billington

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; US$ 21.14

    Shaw believed that theatre audiences of the 1890s deserved more than the hollow spectacle and sham he saw displayed on the London stage. But he also recognized that people wanted to be entertained while educated, and to see purpose mixed with pleasure. In these three plays of ideas, Shaw employed traditional dramatic forms - Victorian melodrama, the... 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...

  • An Inspector Calls and Other Playsby J. B. Priestley

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; US$ 14.09

    'We don't live alone ... We are responsible for each other' A policeman interrupts a rich family's dinner to question them about the suicide of a young working-class girl. As their guilty secrets are gradually revealed over the course of the evening, 'An Inspector Calls', J. B. Priestley's most famous play, shows us the terrible consequences of poverty... 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...

  • Selected Playsby William Yeats; Richard Cave

    Penguin Books Ltd 1997; US$ 18.32

    The 18 plays are: The Shadowy Waters; Cathleen in Houlihan; The Hour Glass; On Baile's Strabd; The Green Helmet; Deirdre; At the Hawk's Well; The Dreaming of the Bones; The Cat and the Moon; The Only Jealousy of Emer; Calvary; Sophocles' King Oedipus; The Resurrection; The Words Upon the Windwo-FPane; The King of the Great Clock Tower; The herne's... more...