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Around the World in 80 Days (stage version) (Paperback): Laura Eason Around the World in 80 Days (stage version) (Paperback)
Laura Eason; Originally written by Jules Verne
R272 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R64 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The fabulously wealthy Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg wagers his life's fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just eighty days. Along with his hapless valet Passepartout, he sets out on a dazzling escapade that takes him from the misty alleys of London to the exotic subcontinent and on to the Wild West as they race against the clock on a dizzying succession of trains, steamers, a wind-propelled sledge and an elephant. Laura Eason's celebrated adaptation of Jules Verne's classic novel was seen at the New Vic Theatre, Stoke, and Manchester's Royal Exchange before receiving its London premiere at the St. James Theatre in 2015. Packing in more than fifty unforgettable characters, this imaginative version was written for an ensemble cast of eight, but can be performed by a much larger cast - making it perfect for any theatre company or drama group looking for a high-spirited adventure.

Die laaste karretjiegraf (Afrikaans, Paperback): Athol Fugard, Riana Steyn Die laaste karretjiegraf (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Athol Fugard, Riana Steyn
R242 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Athol Fugard het met die koms van sy tagtigste verjaarsdag besluit om ín toneelstuk in sy ma se moedertaal te skryf, soos sy hom jare gelede gevra het. Met behulp van Riana Steyn se kennis en navorsing oor die karretjiemense het hierdie toneelstuk tot stand gekom. Dit is die verhaal van die Geduld-gesin, wat, na die dood van hul ouma Mieta, haar in die Karoo-veld onder klippe begrawe, soos die gebruik onder die karretjiemense is. Haar kleinkinders se enigste vooruitsig blyk die plakkerskamp naby Colesberg te wees. Hul pa, Koot, was op sy dag die voorste skaapskeerder, maar nou is hy in die tronk vir die moord op hy sy tweede vrou. Na sy vrylating spoor Sarah, ín navorser wat jare gelede met die gesin te doen gehad het, hom op. Saam neem hul bestekopname van die karretjiemense se verlede en toekoms.

Good Works (Paperback): Good Works (Paperback)
R457 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R171 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Plaques and Tangles (Paperback, Main): Nicola Wilson Plaques and Tangles (Paperback, Main)
Nicola Wilson
R275 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

I do not accept there is anything wrong with me. Days before her wedding Megan discovers she has a 50-50 chance of developing early onset Alzheimer's. Years later she's offered a genetic test. But if she's got the gene does she really want to know? Megan, 21. Megan, 47. Megan, 32. Megan, 27. One woman lurches through time while her young family deal with the consequences. I can't think. But I still feel. And most of the time I feel scared. Scared because it's too soon. I haven't finished yet. Plaques and Tangles by Nicola Wilson premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 2015.

Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Paperback, Main): Rebecca Lenkiewicz Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern (Paperback, Main)
Rebecca Lenkiewicz
R275 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Walkern, 1712. England has been free from witch-hunts for decades until Jane Wenham is blamed for a tragic death and charged with witchcraft. A terrifying ordeal begins, as the village is torn between those who want to save Jane's life and those who claim they want to save her soul. Inspired by events in a Hertfordshire village, the play explores sex and society's hunger to find and create witches. Rebecca Lenkiewicz's Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern premiered at Watford Palace Theatre before going on UK tour in September 2015, in an Out of Joint, Watford Palace Theatre and Arcola Theatre co-production, in association with Eastern Angles.

Dr Faustus: A Text (Paperback, 2nd edition): Christopher Marlowe, John O'Connor Dr Faustus: A Text (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Christopher Marlowe, John O'Connor 1
R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Weary of academic study, an eminent scholar turns to magic and makes a deal with the Devil. Mephistopheles will serve him and give him whatever he wants, but after twenty-four years Faustus must keep his side of the bargain. This edition contains a detailed introductory section that puts the play in its historical context, in-depth textual notes, extracts from key critical works and exam-style questions.

The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama (Paperback, Annotated Ed): Simon Barker, Hilary Hinds The Routledge Anthology of Renaissance Drama (Paperback, Annotated Ed)
Simon Barker, Hilary Hinds
R964 Discovery Miles 9 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Ten non-Shakespearean Renaissance plays and a masque have been brought together for the first time in what is a major text for students of English drama of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
The Renaissance saw a dramatic explosion of such force that, four hundred years later, its plays are amongst the most frequently performed and studied we have. This anthology offers a full introduction to Renaissance theatre in its historical and political context, along with newly edited and brilliantly annotated texts of the following plays:
* The Spanish Tragedy (Thomas Kyd)
* Arden of Faversham (Anon.)
* Edward II (Christopher Marlowe)
* A Woman Killed with Kindness (Thomas Heywood)
* The Tragedy of Mariam (Elizabeth Cary)
* The Masque of Blackness (Ben Jonson)
* The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Francis Beaumont)
* Epicoene, or the Silent Woman (Ben Jonson)
* The Roaring Girl (Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker)
* The Changeling (Thomas Middleton & William Rowley)
* 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (John Ford)
Each play is prefaced by an introductory headnote discussing the thematic focus of the play and its textual history, and is cross-referenced to other plays of the period that relate thematically and generically.
An accompanying website contains a wide selection of contextual documents which supplement the anthology: www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415187346

Related link: www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415187346

Our Country's Good (Paperback): Timberlake Wertenbaker Our Country's Good (Paperback)
Timberlake Wertenbaker
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Observed by a lone, mystified Aboriginal Australian, the first convict ship arrives in Botany Bay, 1788, crammed with England's outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment? The ambitious Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark steps forward with a play. But as the mostly illiterate cast rehearses, and a sense of common purpose begins to take hold, the young officer's own transformation is as marked and poignant as that of his prisoners. A profoundly humane piece of theatre, steeped in suffering yet charged with hope, Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good (based on a true story) celebrates the redemptive power of art. It premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1988, winning the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award. This edition was published to coincide with a major revival production at the National Theatre, which opened on 19 August 2015.

Unofficial Roxelana - And Other Plays (Paperback): Ozen Yula Unofficial Roxelana - And Other Plays (Paperback)
Ozen Yula; Translated by Irem Secil Reel Sen
R938 R872 Discovery Miles 8 720 Save R66 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

At a time when Turkey is struggling for its secular identity, resisting the influence of ISIS, and finding itself at the heart of the European refugee crisis, accomplished Turkish playwright Ozen Yula offers a deep, artistic portrait of the country and its culture. Yula, whose work focuses on marginalized individuals within oppressive social systems, has a lot to say about the problems facing global democracies issues like failures in the social contract, human rights conflicts, territorial security, religious strife, and nationalism.Unofficial Roxelana is a collection of Yula's most significant work. It illustrates how problematic power structures emerge regardless of different governmental configurations, always resulting in the repression of marginalized members of society in this case, from renowned Turkish historical figures, like Roxelana and Rumi, to the pariahs of modern Turkey. With a contextualizing introduction by Marvin Carlson and a lengthy interview with Yula, this first-of-its-kind anthology is an invaluable glimpse into the tempestuous and deeply artistic modern Turkey.

Skrapnel (Afrikaans, Paperback): Willem Anker Skrapnel (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Willem Anker
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Skrapnel is 'n boeiende drama oor twee jong Suid-Afrikaners in Londen: 'n meisie wat bejaardes oppas en 'n man wat as sekuriteitswag by 'n winkelsentrum werk. Hulle ontmoet in 'n jeugherberg en knoop 'n verhouding aan. Die man sterf op 7 Julie 2005 in 'n selfmoordbomaanval in die Londense metro. Die stuk open oomblikke na die ontploffing en die verhaal word as flitsende tonele in die jong man se sterwensoomblikke vertel. Dwarsdeur die stuk word 'n jong Moslem-selfmoordbomdraer se fundamentele geloofsoortuiging weergegee. Dit kontrasteer skerp met die twee Suid-Afrikaners se losgeslaanheid en hulle onsekerheid omtrent identiteit, geloof en kultuur.

The Beggar's Opera and Polly (Paperback): John Gay The Beggar's Opera and Polly (Paperback)
John Gay; Edited by Hal Gladfelder
R225 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Gamesters and Highwaymen are generally very good to their Whores, but they are very Devils to their Wives.' With The Beggar's Opera (1728), John Gay created one of the most enduringly popular works in English theatre history, and invented a new dramatic form, the ballad opera. Gay's daring mixture of caustic political satire, well-loved popular tunes, and a story of crime and betrayal set in the urban underworld of prostitutes and thieves was an overnight sensation. Captain Macheath and Polly Peachum have become famous well beyond the confines of Gay's original play, and in its sequel, Polly, banned in Gay's lifetime, their adventures continue in the West Indies. With a cross-dressing heroine and a cast of female adventurers, pirates, Indian princes, rebel slaves, and rapacious landowners, Polly lays bare a culture in which all human relationships are reduced to commercial transactions. Raucous, lyrical, witty, ironic and tragic by turns, The Beggar's Opera and Polly - published together here for the first time - offer a scathing and ebullient portrait of a society in which statesmen and outlaws, colonialists and pirates, are impossible to tell apart. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Multicultural Theatre - Scenes & Monologs from New Hispanic, Asian & African-American Plays (Paperback, 1st ed): Roger Ellis Multicultural Theatre - Scenes & Monologs from New Hispanic, Asian & African-American Plays (Paperback, 1st ed)
Roger Ellis
R423 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In our media-saturated society, multicultural writers have discovered the stage as their medium of choice. These scenes and monologs by new writers of the multicultural experience are certain to inspire actors and directors. Playwrights include: Akuyoe, Alvarez, Bedonna, Barroga, Brody, N. Cruz, M. Cruz, Corthron, Field, Gonzalez S., Gotanda, A. Gray, Hazzard, Hairston, Huie, Kearns, C.W. Lewis, Lott, Lyles, Mellencamp, Morse. Nord, Osborne, Shiomi, Svich, C. Smith and Karen Tei Yamashita. The scene selections offer unusually challenging characterizations for virtually any actor or acting student. All selections are for one or two actors. An excellent collection for expressing cultural diversity while offering an expanding range of new material. Three sections: Scenes and Monologs of the Hispanic-American Experience, Scenes and Monologs of the African-American Experience, Scenes and Monologs of the Asian-American Experience.

The Lions of Lisbon - A Play of Two Halves (Paperback): Willy Maley, Iain Auld The Lions of Lisbon - A Play of Two Halves (Paperback)
Willy Maley, Iain Auld
R223 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On 25 May 1967 Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1 to become the first British team to win the European Cup. Fifty years on, The Lions of Lisbon relives the jubilation from the fans' point of view.

Jerusalem (Paperback): Jez Butterworth Jerusalem (Paperback)
Jez Butterworth
R274 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R65 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'My dad said he jumped buses. Horseboxes. Jumped an aqueduct once. He was gonna jump Stonehenge but the council put a stop to it.' On St George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his children want their dad to take them to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. Jez Butterworth's new play is a comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. His previous plays for the Royal Court include "The Winterling", "The Night Heron" and "Mojo". "The key British theatre work of the last decade." Time Out 2012. An Instant Modern Classic. A comic, contemporary vision of life in our green and pleasant land. BEST PLAY Evening Standard Awards BEST PLAY Critics Circle Awards.

Mamet Plays: 5 - Boston Marriage; Dr Faustus; Romance (Paperback): David Mamet Mamet Plays: 5 - Boston Marriage; Dr Faustus; Romance (Paperback)
David Mamet 1
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of outstanding plays from one of America's greatest playwrights"Romance"Wildly humorous and often gob-smackingly outrageous, "Romance "is an uproarious courtroom farce, which lampoons the American judicial system and exposes the hypocrisy surrounding personal prejudices and political correctness."An exhilarating spectacle" New Yorker"It made me weep with delight. . . . "Romance "is funny. Extremely funny." Wall Street Journal"Boston Marriage"David Mamet conquers new territory with this droll comedy of errors set in a Victorian drawing-room. Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming ladies of fashion who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist the jealous Anna's help for an assignation."Devastatingly funny . . . exceptionally clever" New York Times"Brilliant . . . One of Mamet's most satisfying and accomplished plays, and one of the funniest American comedies in years" New York Post"Faustus"A modern retelling of the classic tale of pride, folly and the ultimate wager. Faustus has it all - fame, success, a loving family. But a careless pact with a beguiling magician threatens everything. In language, scope and theatrical sensibility, "Faustus "represents a big departure for Mamet, melding resplendent language and metaphysics in an eerie and moving retelling of the tragedy of Doctor Faustus.

Samuel Beckett: The Complete Dramatic Works  (Paperback, Main): Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett: The Complete Dramatic Works (Paperback, Main)
Samuel Beckett
R642 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R216 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The present volume gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. It includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage and for radio. 'He believes in the cadence, the comma, the bite of word on reality, whatever else he believes; and his devotion to them, he makes clear, is a sufficient focus for the reader's attention. In the modern history of literature he is a unique moral figure, not a dreamer of rose-gardens but a cultivator of what will grow in the waste land, who can make us see the exhilarating design that thorns and yucca share with whatever will grow anywhere.' - Hugh Kenner Contents: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days, All That Fall, Acts Without Words, Krapp's Last Tape, Roughs for the Theatre, Embers, Roughs for the Radio, Words and Music, Cascando, Play, Film, The Old Tune, Come and Go, Eh Joe, Breath, Not I, That Time, Footfalls, Ghost Trio,...but the clouds..., A Piece of Monologue, Rockaby, Ohio Impromptu, Quad, Catastrophe, Nacht und Traume, What Where.

Rienzi el Tribuno (Spanish, Paperback): Rosario de Acuna y Villanueva Rienzi el Tribuno (Spanish, Paperback)
Rosario de Acuna y Villanueva
R230 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R44 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rosario de Acuna y Villanueva (Madrid, 1 de noviembre de 1851-Gijon, 5 de mayo de 1923).

Mejor Esposo (Spanish, Paperback): Guillen De Castro y Bellvis Mejor Esposo (Spanish, Paperback)
Guillen De Castro y Bellvis
R254 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R48 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Hospedador de Provincia (Spanish, Paperback): Angel Saavedra Duque De Rivas Hospedador de Provincia (Spanish, Paperback)
Angel Saavedra Duque De Rivas
R96 R79 Discovery Miles 790 Save R17 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Un Ano Y Un Dia (Spanish, Paperback): Jos Zorrilla Un Ano Y Un Dia (Spanish, Paperback)
Jos Zorrilla
R256 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R48 (19%) Ships in 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.

Unipersonal del Arcabuceado (Spanish, Paperback): Jose Joaquin Fernandez Lizardi Unipersonal del Arcabuceado (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose Joaquin Fernandez Lizardi
R78 Discovery Miles 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Pleito Matrimonial (Spanish, Paperback): 'Pedro Calderon De La Barca Pleito Matrimonial (Spanish, Paperback)
'Pedro Calderon De La Barca
R162 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R31 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Oliva Y El Laurel (Spanish, Paperback): Jose Zorrilla Oliva Y El Laurel (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose Zorrilla
R118 R96 Discovery Miles 960 Save R22 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Esta obra es una alegoria escrita para las fiestas de la proclamacion de S.M. la reina dona Isabel II.

Sofronia (Spanish, Paperback): Jos Zorrilla Sofronia (Spanish, Paperback)
Jos Zorrilla
R118 R96 Discovery Miles 960 Save R22 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Esta obra clasica del romanticismo de la Espana del siglo XIX relata el martirio infligido por el emperador bizantino Majencio a la cristiana Sofronia.

Ni El Tio Ni El Sobrino (Spanish, Paperback): Jose De Espronceda Ni El Tio Ni El Sobrino (Spanish, Paperback)
Jose De Espronceda
R278 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R52 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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