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Plays of Gods and Men

by Lord Dunsany

Irish aristocrat Lord Dunsany was a wealthy man of leisure, but when it came to the craft of writing, he was productive and prolific, creating nearly 100 works in his lifetime, many of which are cited as important...


Translations of Shakuntala: And Other Works

by Kalidasa & Arthur W. Ryder

Regarded as the most important figure in the Classical Sanskrit literary canon, Kalidasa was a poet and playwright who likely lived in the fifth century AD. This collection brings together some of Kalidasa's...


A Preface to Shakespeare's Comedies

by Michael Mangan

This is an informative and interesting guide to the comedies of love - The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like...


Shakespeare: The Last Plays

by Kiernan Ryan

This is the first collection of criticism on Shakespeare's romances to register the impact of modern literary theory on interpretations of these plays. Kiernan Ryan brings together the most important recent...


Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

by Jenny Davidson

A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that drive us to fall in love with certain sentences over others and the larger implications of our relationship with writing...


Shakespeare's History Plays

by Robert Watt

Shakespeare's history plays are central to his dramatic achievement. In recent years they have become more widely studied than ever, stimulating intensely contested interpretations, due to their relevance to...


Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes

by Isabelle Torrance

One of our earliest surviving Greek tragedies, Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes is an extraordinarily rich poetic text. It dramatises the civil war between the sons of Oedipus Polynices - the exile, and Eteocles...


A Jovial Crew

by Richard Brome & Tiffany Stern

A Jovial Crew, or the Merry Beggars, is a comedy about four noble lovers who join the beggar community for a pastoral life of dance and song. Or is it? Whilst maintaining its unremitting good humour, A Jovial...


The Beaux' Stratagem

by George Farquhar & Ann Blake

Play script, including biographical notes, textual details and information about the staging of the play.


Blood Brothers

by Willy Russell & Jim Mulligan

This Student Edition of Willy Russell's successful folk opera, the story of two Liverpudlian brothers who grow up on opposite sides of the social tracks, includes biographical notes and an introduction to the...


Bluebeard

by Hattie Naylor

This is all we are. This is all sex is. The attempted obliteration of the self. That's why it's so brutal. All there is the plane of nature. It was what was before and will always be, and our complete annihilation,...


Thebes

by Gareth Jandrell, Sophocles & Aeschylus

I mean, what is Thebes? A theocracy? No. A meritocracy? Certainly not. A monarchy? Kind of. A patriarchy? Less and less so. Thebes is many things, and to revolutionise that? Well, how?

From Oedipus to Antigone,...


The Playboy of the Western World

by John Millington Synge

The most famous and infamous play by Ireland's best loved (and hated) playwright

The Playboy of the Western World, offended audiences when first produced in 1907, on account of its 'immodest' references to Irish...


The Vortex

by Noël| Coward

A single-volume edition of one of Coward's masterpieces, published to tie in with major Donmar Warehouse production in December 2002

In The Vortex, Coward explores the darker side of the Cocktail Party set. Emotional...


The Lying Kind

by Anthony Neilson

A brand new comedy by the writer of the hit play Stitching, published to tie in with the Royal Court's Christmas production from November 2002

Constables Blunt and Gobbel have one last duty to fulfil before they...


The Effect

by Lucy Prebble

I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect.

The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational...


Loot

by Joe Orton

One of the most enduring comedies of the modern British stage


Beautiful Thing

by Jonathan Harvey

"Beautiful Thing" tells of the unlikely romance between Jamie and Ste in a comic portrait of adolescent self-discovery.


What The Butler Saw

by Joe Orton

"Joe Orton's last play, What the Butler Saw, will live to be accepted as a comedy classic of English literature" (Sunday Telegraph)


Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill

At a restaurant party thrown by Marlene of the Top Girls Employment Agency are Isabella Bird, the 19th-century traveller, Lady Nijo, courtesan to a 13th-century Japanese Emperor, Brueghel's Dull Gret, Pope Joan...