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Oedipus Trilogy

by Sophocles

Oedipus the King is Sophocles' legendary rendition of the myth of the great king Oedipus, perhaps the best known of all of the Greek Tragedies.

When an oracle foretells that the young prince Oedipus will grow...


A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen

When A Doll's House was first published in 1879 it created a sensation. The play follows the ordinary life of a housewife. Gradually the tensions within her marriage become clear and build to a final, stunning...


The Alchemist: A Play

by Ben Jonson

Samuel Taylor Coleridge said of Ben Jonson's The Alchemist that it had one out of the three most perfect plots in literature. This play, with its sharp portrayal of human folly, is considered by many to be Jonson's...


Othello: The Moor of Venice

by William Shakespeare

Believed to have been written in 1603, Shakespeare's Othello is a tragedy that puts the playwright's prodigious creative gifts on full display. Based loosely on a Renaissance-era Italian tale, Othello follows...


Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw

Major Barbara is a 1905 play by George Bernard Shaw. Andrew Undershaft, a wealthy weapons trader, despises poverty believing "The greatest of our evils and the worst of our crimes is poverty ... our first duty,...


Pygmalion

by George Bernard Shaw

In George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion a phonetician believes the power of speech is such that he can introduce a Cockney flower girl to polite society after careful language and etiquette training, and no...


Arms and the Man

by George Bernard Shaw

Arms and the Man was George Bernard Shaw's first commercially successful play. It is a comedy about idealized love versus true love. A young Serbian woman idealizes her war-hero fiance and thinks the Swiss soldier...


Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

Lady Windermere's Fan: A Play About a Good Woman is a play by Oscar Wilde, who uses his sharp wit to satirize Victorian ideals about marriage. Lady Windemere suspects her husband of infidelity and retaliates...


Hippolytus & The Bacchae

by Euripides & Gilbert Murray

The Ancient Greek Euripides wrote the play Hippolytus, a tragedy based on the myth of the son of Theseus, Hippolytus. The gods play a central part in Hippolytus, and Aphrodite and Artemis appear at the start...


Heartbreak House: A Fantasia in the Russian Manner on English Themes

by George Bernard Shaw

Written in 1919, George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House is equal parts tragedy and comedy. Centering on a dinner party, held as Europe teeters on the brink of the First World War; Shaw's play is as much about...


The Seagull

by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

The Seagull is the first of Anton Checkov's four full-length plays. It explores the romantic and artistic tension in the relationships between a young woman, a fading older lady, her playwright son and a popular...


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

The Tempest is thought by many to be Shakespeare's greatest and most perfect play. When the magician Prospero deliberately summons a storm to overcome his enemy King Alonso of Naples ship the passengers are...


Hedda Gabler: A Play in Four Acts

by Henrik Ibsen, Edmund Gosse & William Archer

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler was first published in 1890. Despite premiering the next year to negative reviews, the play since been hailed as a classic work of realism, with the character...


Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

by William Shakespeare

Another case of mistaken identity from the king of the plot twist, Twelfth Night tells the tale of the beautiful young Viola who is separated from her twin brother, Sebastian, when their ship is lost at sea....


The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

by Aeschylus

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus is the first play in The Trilogy of the Oresteia, which deals with the eternal problem of the evil act causing vengeance which wreaks more evil which must be avenged. Aeschylus declares...


The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is the last play Oscar Wilde ever wrote, and remains his most enduringly popular. It makes fun of social graces in the late Victorian era. Two seemingly unrelated parties are...


The Imaginary Invalid: Le Malade Imaginaire

by Moliere & Charles Heron Wall

The Imaginary Invalid is a three-part comedy about a miser who imagines illnesses for himself, and whose doctor milks his hypochondria for everything he can get. Their mutual greed and dishonesty lead to their...


Candida

by George Bernard Shaw

Delve into a hilarious examination of Victorian love, manners, morals, and marriage written by the author of Pygmalion. In Candida, George Bernard Shaw gives us the story of the misbegotten love triangle that...


Anna Christie

Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1922

by Eugene O'Neill

Anna Christie is a play in four acts, which won O'Neill the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Anna makes contact with the father she has not seen since her infancy, and he takes her on board his coal barge. There...


The Taming of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays by modern standards. Hinging on the courtship between the arrogant Petruchio and the "shrew" of the title Katherina, it is unclear...