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The Changeling - Thomas Middleton & William Rowley (Paperback, New Ed): N.W. Bawcutt, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley The Changeling - Thomas Middleton & William Rowley (Paperback, New Ed)
N.W. Bawcutt, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley; Series edited by David Bevington; Volume editing by N.W. Bawcutt
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This classic text is the tale of a woman who becomes involved in murder without realizing the terrible price she will pay for it. This edition includes an introduction which analyzes the play in detail, and a commentary illuminating difficulties in the play for the modern reader.

Oliva Y El Laurel (Spanish, Paperback): Jose Zorrilla Oliva Y El Laurel (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose Zorrilla
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Esta obra es una alegoria escrita para las fiestas de la proclamacion de S.M. la reina dona Isabel II.

Mal Casados de Valencia (Spanish, Paperback): Guillen De Castro y Bellvis Mal Casados de Valencia (Spanish, Paperback)
Guillen De Castro y Bellvis
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Guillen de Castro (Valencia, 1569-Madrid, 1631). Espana. Fue capitan de caballeria, gobernador de Scigliano en Napoles y en Madrid secretario del marques de Penafiel. Muy cercano a Lope de Vega, formo parte de la Academia de los nocturnos, la unica academia que publico en actas los poemas discutidos durante sus reuniones semanales y que radico en Valencia entre 1591 y 1593. Murio en la pobreza y un tanto olvidado.

Ni El T o Ni El Sobrino (Spanish, Paperback): Jose De Espronceda Ni El T o Ni El Sobrino (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose De Espronceda
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El Hospedador de Provincia (Spanish, Paperback): Angel Saavedra Duque De Rivas El Hospedador de Provincia (Spanish, Paperback)
Angel Saavedra Duque De Rivas
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Angel Saavedra. Duque de Rivas (Cordoba, 1791-Madrid, 1865). Espana. Lucho contra los franceses en la guerra de independencia y mas tarde contra el absolutismo de Fernando VII, por lo que tuvo que exiliarse a Malta en 1823. Durante su exilio leyo obras de William Shakespeare, Walter Scott y Lord Byron y se adscribio a la corriente romantica con los poemas El desterrado y El sueno del proscrito (1824), y El faro de Malta (1828). Regreso a Espana tras la muerte de Fernando VII heredando titulos y fortuna. Fue, ademas, embajador en Napoles y Francia.

Tambi n La Afrenta Es Veneno (Spanish, Paperback): Luis Velez De Guevara Tambi n La Afrenta Es Veneno (Spanish, Paperback)
Luis Velez De Guevara
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Tambien la afrenta es veneno relata la historia de un rey que desea a la esposa de uno de sus cortesanos, y para conseguir sus propositos lo envia a una mision remota. Tras cometer su afrenta contra su leal servidor, el rey se deprime y termina sumido en la locura.

Unipersonal del Arcabuceado (Spanish, Paperback): Jose Joaquin Fernandez Lizardi Unipersonal del Arcabuceado (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose Joaquin Fernandez Lizardi
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Fernandez de Lizardi, Jose Joaquin (1776-1827). Mexico. Hijo de Manuel Fernandez de Lizardi y Barbara Gutierrez. Nacio en la Ciudad de Mexico. En 1793 ingreso en el Colegio de San Ildefonso, fue bachiller y luego estudio teologia, aunque interrumpio sus estudios tras la muerte de su padre. Hacia 1805 escribio en el periodico el Diario de Mexico. En 1812, tras las reformas promulgadas por la Constitucion de Cadiz, Fernandez de Lizardi fundo el periodico El Pensador Mexicano, nombre que uso como seudonimo. Entre 1815 y 1816, publico dos nuevos periodicos: Alacena de frioleras y el Cajoncito de la alacena. En mayo de 1820, se restablecio en Mexico el gobierno constitucional y, con la libertad de imprenta, fueron abolidas la Inquisicion y la Junta de Censura. Entonces Fernandez de Lizardi fundo el periodico El conductor electrico, a favor de los ideales constitucionales;y apenas unos anos despues, en 1823, edito otro periodico, El hermano del Perico. Su ultimo proyecto periodistico fue el Correo Semanario de Mexico. Murio de tuberculosis en 1827 y fue enterrado en el cementerio de la iglesia de San Lazaro.

Sofronia (Spanish, Paperback): Jos Zorrilla Sofronia (Spanish, Paperback)
Jos Zorrilla
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Esta obra clasica del romanticismo de la Espana del siglo XIX relata el martirio infligido por el emperador bizantino Majencio a la cristiana Sofronia.

Pleito Matrimonial (Spanish, Paperback): 'Pedro Calderon De La Barca Pleito Matrimonial (Spanish, Paperback)
'Pedro Calderon De La Barca
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Pedro Calderon de la Barca (Madrid, 1600-Madrid, 1681). Espana. Su padre era noble y escribano en el consejo de hacienda del rey. Se educo en el colegio imperial de los jesuitas y mas tarde entro en las universidades de Alcala y Salamanca, aunque no se sabe si llego a graduarse. Tuvo una juventud turbulenta. Incluso se le acusa de la muerte de algunos de sus enemigos. En 1621 se nego a ser sacerdote, y poco despues, en 1623, empezo a escribir y estrenar obras de teatro. Escribio mas de ciento veinte, otra docena larga en colaboracion y alrededor de setenta autos sacramentales. Sus primeros estrenos fueron en corrales. Entre 1635 y 1637, Calderon de la Barca fue nombrado caballero de la Orden de Santiago. Por entonces publico veinticuatro comedias en dos volumenes y La vida es sueno (1636), su obra mas celebre. En la decada siguiente vivio en Cataluna y, entre 1640 y 1642, combatio con las tropas castellanas. Sin embargo, su salud se quebranto y abandono la vida militar. Entre 1647 y 1649 la muerte de la reina y despues la del principe heredero provocaron el cierre de los teatros, por lo que Calderon tuvo que limitarse a escribir autos sacramentales. Calderon murio mientras trabajaba en una comedia dedicada a la reina Maria Luisa, mujer de Carlos II el Hechizado. Su hermano Jose, hombre pendenciero, fue uno de sus editores mas fieles.

Un Ano y Un Dia (Spanish, Paperback): Jos Zorrilla Un Ano y Un Dia (Spanish, Paperback)
Jos Zorrilla
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Jose Zorrilla (Valladolid, 1817-Madrid, 1893). Espana. Tras estudiar en el Seminario de Nobles de Madrid, fue a las universidades de Toledo y Valladolid a estudiar leyes y poco despues abandono los estudios y se fue a Madrid. Las penurias economicas le hicieron a vender a perpetuidad los derechos de Don Juan Tenorio (1844), la mas celebre de sus obras. En 1846, viajo a Paris y conocio a Alejandro Dumas, padre, George Sand y Teophile Gautier que influyeron en su obra. Tras una breve estancia en Madrid, regreso a Francia y de ahi, en 1855, marcho a Mexico donde el emperador Maximiliano lo nombro director del teatro Nacional. Publico un libro de memorias a su regreso a Espana.

Mejor Esposo (Spanish, Paperback): Guillen De Castro y Bellvis Mejor Esposo (Spanish, Paperback)
Guillen De Castro y Bellvis
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Entre Clerigos y Diablos (Spanish, Paperback): Jos Zorrilla Entre Clerigos y Diablos (Spanish, Paperback)
Jos Zorrilla
R264 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R50 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Jose Zorrilla (Valladolid, 1817-Madrid, 1893). Espana. Tras estudiar en el Seminario de Nobles de Madrid, fue a las universidades de Toledo y Valladolid a estudiar leyes y poco despues abandono los estudios y se fue a Madrid. Las penurias economicas le hicieron a vender a perpetuidad los derechos de Don Juan Tenorio (1844), la mas celebre de sus obras. En 1846, viajo a Paris y conocio a Alejandro Dumas, padre, George Sand y Teophile Gautier que influyeron en su obra. Tras una breve estancia en Madrid, regreso a Francia y de ahi, en 1855, marcho a Mexico donde el emperador Maximiliano lo nombro director del teatro Nacional. Publico un libro de memorias a su regreso a Espana.

La Huerta de Juan Fernandez (Spanish, Paperback): Tirso De Molina La Huerta de Juan Fernandez (Spanish, Paperback)
Tirso De Molina
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Tirso de Molina (Madrid, 1583-Almazan, Soria, 1648). Espana. Se dice que era hijo bastardo del duque de Osuna, pero otros lo niegan. Se sabe poco de su vida hasta su ingreso como novicio en la Orden mercedaria, en 1600, y su profesion al ano siguiente en Guadalajara. Parece que habia escrito comedias y por entonces viajo por Galicia y Portugal. En 1614 sufrio su primer destierro de la corte por sus satiras contra la nobleza. Dos anos mas tarde fue enviado a la Hispaniola (actual Republica Dominicana) y regreso en 1618. Su vocacion artistica y su actitud contraria a los cenaculos culteranos no facilito sus relaciones con las autoridades. En 1625, el Concejo de Castilla lo amonesto por escribir comedias y le prohibio volver a hacerlo bajo amenaza de excomunion. Desde entonces solo escribio tres nuevas piezas y consagro el resto de su vida a las tareas de la orden.

The Price (Paperback): Arthur Miller The Price (Paperback)
Arthur Miller
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Victor, a New York cop nearing retirement, moves among furniture in the disused attic of a house marked for demolition. Cabinets, desks, a damaged harp, an overstuffed armchair - the relics of a lost life of affluence he's finally come to sell. But when his brother Walter, who he hasn't spoken to in years, arrives, the talk stops being just about whether Victor's been offered a fair price for the furniture, and turns to the price that one and not the other of them paid when their father lost both his fortune and the will to go on ... Fraught, but cut through with humour, The Price is one of Arthur Miller's finest plays.

All My Sons (Paperback): Arthur Miller All My Sons (Paperback)
Arthur Miller; Introduction by Christopher Bigsby 1
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In Joe and Kate Keller's family garden, an apple tree - a memorial to their son Larry, lost in the Second World War - has been torn down by a storm. But his loss is not the only part of the family's past they can't put behind them. Not everybody's forgotten the court case that put Joe's partner in jail, or the cracked engine heads his factory produced which caused it and dropped twenty-one pilots out of the sky ...

"Enron" (Paperback): Lucy Prebble "Enron" (Paperback)
Lucy Prebble
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'The only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren't smart enough to do what we did.' One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic. At once a case study and an allegory, the play charts the notorious rise and fall of Enron and its founding partners Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who became 'the most vilified figure from the financial scandal of the century.' Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, Enron follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009. The play is Lucy Prebble's first work for the stage since her debut work The Sugar Syndrome, winner of the George Devine and Critic's Circle Awards for Most Promising New Playwright. Produced by Headlong, Enron premiered at Chichester's Minerva Theatre on 11 July 2009 and opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in September, before transferring to London's West End Jan - May 2010 and to Broadway April 2010.

Urinetown: The Musical (Paperback): Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann Urinetown: The Musical (Paperback)
Greg Kotis, Mark Hollmann
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In a Gotham-like city, a depletion of the Earth's water supply has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The privilege to pee is regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging for one of humanity's most basic needs. From amongst the people, a hero has risen who will lead them to freedom. A grand, mischievous love letter to the conventions of musical theatre, Urinetown depicts a world wracked by ecological disaster, caught in the throes of corporate greed, and ultimately toppled by the best of intentions. Praised by critics for reinvigorating the contemporary musical, Urinetown is one of the most distinctive, intelligent and jubilant theatrical experiences of the twenty-first century. It opened at New York City's Fringe Festival, then transferred to Broadway in September 2001, winning three Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical. Urinetown received its UK premiere at the St James Theatre, London, in February 2014, later transferring to the Apollo Theatre in September, in a production directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Phaedra (Paperback): Seneca Phaedra (Paperback)
Seneca; Translated by Frederick Ahl
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Ahl's translations of three Senecan tragedies will gratify and challenge readers and performers. With stage performance specifically in mind, Ah1 renders Seneca's dramatic force in a modern idiom and style that move easily between formality and colloquialism as the text demands, and he strives to reproduce the richness of the original Latin, to retain the poetic form, images, wordplays, enigmas, paradoxes, and dark humor of Seneca's tragedies.

Here is a moving and accomplished translation of this complex play dealing the the violent passions stirred by innocence and beauty and the terrible power of ideology, hatred, and misunderstanding.

Private Peaceful (Paperback): Michael Morpurgo Private Peaceful (Paperback)
Michael Morpurgo; Adapted by Simon Reade
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"In Michael Morpurgo's moving tale of youth cut short, seventeen-year-old Tommo Peaceful relives his innocent rural past as he spends his last night in the trenches of World War One. Simon Reade's hugely successful adaptation has been touring the UK and across the globe since 2004."

The Glass Menagerie (Paperback): Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie (Paperback)
Tennessee Williams; Introduction by Arthur Miller, Robert B. Ray 1
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Tennessee Williams's evocation of loneliness and lost love, The Glass Menagerie is one of his most powerful and moving plays. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a new introduction by Robert Bray. Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic illusions are crushed. Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evenings writing. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Among his many other plays Penguin have published The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), The Night of the Iguana (1961), and Small Craft Warnings (1972). If you enjoyed The Glass Menagerie, you might like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Tennessee Williams will live as long as drama itself' Peter Shaffer, author of Equus

The Miracle Worker (Paperback): William Gibson The Miracle Worker (Paperback)
William Gibson
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Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American classic.

Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution because her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Despite the Kellers' resistance and the belief that Helen "is like a little safe, locked, that no one can open," Annie suspects that within Helen lies the potential for more, if only she can reach her. Through persistence, love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate, bringing her into the world at last.

Charges (the Supplicants) (Paperback): Elfriede Jelinek Charges (the Supplicants) (Paperback)
Elfriede Jelinek; Translated by Gitta Honegger
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In recent years, the refugee problem has become impossible to ignore, as multiple crises in the Middle East and Africa have driven thousands of desperate people to attempt Mediterranean crossings in hopes of reaching Europe, and safety. Many have died en route, and those who make it face a far from certain future, as European governments have proved reluctant to fully acknowledge, let alone commit to ameliorating, their plight. In Charges (The Supplicants), Nobel Prize-winning writer Elfriede Jelinek offers a powerful analysis of the plight of refugees, from ancient times to the present. She responds to the immeasurable suffering among those fleeing death, destruction, and political suppression in their home countries and, drawing on sources as widely separated in time and intent as up-to-the-minute blog postings and Aeschylus's "The Supplicants," Jelinek asks what refugees want, how we as a society view them, and what political, moral, and personal obligations they impose on us. Looking at the global refugee crisis of our current moment, she analyzes challenges to the political, social, and psychological realities in safe, comfortable Western countries, exploring what everyday language and media coverage reveal about Western perceptions of refugees. In a world where insecurity seems to spread by the day, Charges (The Supplicants)is a timely, unflinching account of how we treat those who come to us in need.

Villette (Paperback): Linda Marshall-Griffiths Villette (Paperback)
Linda Marshall-Griffiths
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Lucy Snowe, alone and abandoned, boards a boat in search of purpose. Arriving at an archaeological site digging for the remains of the elusive Lady of Villette, she works alongside the beautiful Gin, the prying Beck, the charming Dr John and the remote Professor Paul, though Lucy remains an outsider. Absorbed in her work to find a cure for the next pandemic to secure humanity's future, can she open herself up to the possibility of love and put the bones of the past behind her?

Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' (Paperback): The Goodale Brothers, P.G. Wodehouse Jeeves & Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' (Paperback)
The Goodale Brothers, P.G. Wodehouse
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An inventive, fast-paced comedy featuring P.G. Wodehouse's iconic double act. When a perfectly delightful trip to the countryside takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker - reconciling the affections of his host's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself! Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' premiered at the Duke of York's Theatre, West End, in November 2013. It was nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Good People (Paperback): David Lindsay-Abaire Good People (Paperback)
David Lindsay-Abaire
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A funny and tender drama that explores how even if you live on the brink, destiny can have a way of surprising you. In South Boston you're starting on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will require all the energy you can muster. And when sharp-tongued single-mother Margie loses yet another job she'll do anything it takes to pay the bills. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him - with unexpected results all round. Good People received its UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in February 2014.

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