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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (Paperback): Gustave Flaubert The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (Paperback)
Gustave Flaubert; Adapted by John Nicholson, Javier Marzan
R276 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R65 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Peepolykus bring their exhilarating combination of verbal slapstick, visual surprise and anarchic comedy to Gustave Flaubert's seminal nineteenth-century masterpiece Madame Bovary. Laugh and cry in equal measure as Emma Bovary chooses the wrong husband. Lose yourself in mesmeric love scenes featuring a procession of devastatingly attractive men. Rail at the fate of women in a patriarchal society, if you will. Prepare yourself for vermin, moustaches, wild animals, lots of French people and a nun. Written for a bijou cast of four playing multiple roles, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary was a co-production between Peepolykus, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, the Nuffield in Southampton, Bristol Old Vic and the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. It premiered at the Everyman in Liverpool in 2016 before touring to all those other places too. Like their tremendously popular Hound of the Baskervilles, Peepolykus's Bovary offers abundant opportunities for comedy and slapstick - plus some massive tragedy - to any theatre company or drama group looking for a loving derailment of a classic novel.

Realism (Paperback): Paul Galloway Realism (Paperback)
Paul Galloway
R459 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R171 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the summer of 1939 in a small Moscow theatre a company of actors begins rehearsals of a new play to commemorate Stalin's sixtieth birthday. It is a tough gig, because for Soviet artists working towards the Radiant Future the old showbiz maxim 'the show must go on' is an order you can't refuse. Another opening, another show trial Realism is a comedy of nerves, a backstage farce set in a pressure cooker. It is about the spirit that makes art live and the forces that want to crush it. (It includes 2 acts, 6 male, 2 female).

Birds and Other Plays (Paperback): Aristophanes Birds and Other Plays (Paperback)
Aristophanes; Edited by Stephen Halliwell
R285 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, the exuberant, satirical form of festival drama which flourished during the heyday of classical Athenian culture in the fifth century BC. His plays are characterized by extraordinary combinations of fantasy and satire, sophistication and vulgarity, formality and freedom. Birds is an escapist fantasy in which two dissatisfied Athenians, in defiance of men and gods, bring about a city of birds, the eponymous Cloudcuckooland. In Lysistrata the heroine of the play organizes a sex-strike and the wives of Athens occupy the Akropolis in an attempt to restore peace to the city. The main source of comedy in the Assembly-Women is a similar usurpation of male power as the women attempt to reform Athenian society along utopian-communist lines. Finally, Wealth is Aristophanes' last surviving comedy, in which Ploutos, the god of wealth is cured of his blindness and the remarkable social consequences of his new discrimination are exemplified. This is the first complete verse translation of Aristophanes' comedies to appear for more than twenty-five years and makes freshly available one of the most remarkable comic playwrights in the entire Western tradition, complete with an illuminating introduction including play by play analysis and detailed notes. 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.

Heracles and Other Plays (Paperback): Euripides Heracles and Other Plays (Paperback)
Euripides; Translated by Robin Waterfield; Introduction by Edith Hall; Notes by James Morwood
R277 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R57 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alcestis * Heracles * Children of Heracles * Cyclops Euripides wrote about timeless themes, of friendship and enmity, hope and despair, duty and betrayal. The first three plays in this volume are filled with violence or its threat, while the fourth, Cyclops, is our only surviving example of a genuine satyr play, with all the crude and slapstick humour that characterized the genre. There is death in Alcestis, which explores the marital relationship of Alcestis and Admetus with pathos and grim humour, but whose status as tragedy is subverted by a happy ending. The blood-soaked Heracles portrays deep emotional pain and undeserved suffering; its demand for a more humanistic ethics in the face of divine indifference and callousness makes it one of Euripides' more popular and profound plays. Children of Heracles is a rich and complex work, famous for its dialogues and monologues, in which the effects of war on refugees and the consequences of sheltering them are movingly explored. In Cyclops Euripides takes the familiar story of Odysseus' escape from the Cyclops Polyphemus and turns it to hilarious comic effect. Euripides' other plays are all available in Oxford World's Classics. 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.

Exposed by the Mask Form and Language in Drama (Paperback, New edition): Peter Hall Exposed by the Mask Form and Language in Drama (Paperback, New edition)
Peter Hall
R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays - A new verse translation, with introduction and notes (Paperback): Aristophanes Aristophanes: Frogs and Other Plays - A new verse translation, with introduction and notes (Paperback)
Aristophanes; Edited by Stephen Halliwell
R258 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R49 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter. This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of 'literary criticism' of each other's plays. Featuring expansive introductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Paperback): James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Paperback)
James Joyce; Adapted by Arthur Riordan
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The spiritual rebellion of Stephen Dedalus and his restless search for self-expression is brought to life in a thrilling theatrical adaptation by Arthur Riordan. Based upon James Joyce's novel of the same name, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a reworking of the classic coming-of-age story. Charting Stephen's transformation into a man, we follow him through the major milestones and stumbling blocks of his life: his school days, his first romance, his loss of faith and finally to his initiation into the world of writing. In Arthur Riordan's witty and poignant adaptation of 'Joyce's manifesto', A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man challenges perceptions of family, homeland, and the Catholic Church. This edition of the adaptation was published to coincide with Rough Magic's world premiere of the production at the Dublin Theatre Festival in autumn 2018.

Our Country's Good (Paperback, New edition): Timberlake Wertenbaker Our Country's Good (Paperback, New edition)
Timberlake Wertenbaker
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Australia 1789. A young married lieutenant is directing rehearsals of the first play ever to be staged in that country. With only two copies of the text, a cast of convicts, and one leading lady who may be about to be hanged, conditions are hardly ideal..."Wertenbaker has searched history and found in it a humanistic lesson for hard modern times: rough, sombre, undogmatic and warm" (Sunday Times); "Highly theatrical, often funny and at times dark and disturbing, it sets an infant civilization on the stage with clarity, economy and insight" (Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph)

The Government Inspector - A New Adaptation for Four Actors by Robin Colyer - Based on the Original Play (Paperback): Nikolai... The Government Inspector - A New Adaptation for Four Actors by Robin Colyer - Based on the Original Play (Paperback)
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Robin Colyer; Translated by Robin Colyer
R458 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R71 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This version of A Government Inspector is a Yorkshire take on Gogol's 1836 fantastical Russian satire. The setting is here transposed to a small northern town in the twenty-first century. Deborah McAndrew's version of A Government Inspector goes beyond literal translation, but is absolutely faithful to Gogol's stated intention to peel away the surface layers of ordinary people and expose the corruption beneath. It's exuberant, brilliantly witty and original, and audiences will revel in the references to government officials' expenses claims and women's beach volley ball...Northern Broadsides, one of the country's finest and best-loved touring theatre companies, breathes life and vigour into this nearly 200-year-old story.Absurdly funny, clever and strangely familiar, this feels to be the next One Man Two Guvnors. The production premieres at Harrogate Theatre from 7 - 22 September before embarking on an English national tour until December 1st.

Generations - Three One Acts (Paperback): Stephen Evans, Morey Norkin, Michael Gilles Generations - Three One Acts (Paperback)
Stephen Evans, Morey Norkin, Michael Gilles
R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Marina Carr: Plays 3 - Sixteen Possible Glimpses; Phaedra  Backwards; The Map of Argentina; Hecuba; Indigo (Paperback, Main):... Marina Carr: Plays 3 - Sixteen Possible Glimpses; Phaedra Backwards; The Map of Argentina; Hecuba; Indigo (Paperback, Main)
Marina Carr
R549 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R134 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This third richly varied collection of plays by Marina Carr was published to coincide with the Royal Shakespeare Company's premiere of Hecuba at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in September 2015. Sixteen Possible Glimpses imagines sixteen fleeting moments in Anton Chekhov's short life and work. Phaedra Backwards retells the Phaedra myth to discover what shaped her. The Map of Argentina offers a meditation on love and what happens when it is denied, or pursued and hunted down. Hecuba was written in reaction to the bad press this Trojan queen receives, and reimagines how she may have suffered and reacted. Indigo is a dark and passionate romance amongst fairies, demons, ghouls and every sort of fantastic creature out of folklore and myth.

The Resistance Trilogy (Paperback): Ariel Dorfman The Resistance Trilogy (Paperback)
Ariel Dorfman
R415 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R101 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Three powerful political plays in one volume with a substantial introduction by Ariel Dorman. In Death and the Maiden, a woman seeks revenge when the man she believes to have been her torturer happens to re enter her life. A classic of 20th century theatre, the play ran for a year in the West End, was a hit on Broadway and was filmed by Roman Polanski. In Reader, first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in July 1995, a censor discovers that the subversive novel he is about to ban is describing his own life and hinting that a terrible fate awaits his son. He must hunt down the author before it comes true... Widows is a smouldering political allegory about a political protest in a country ruled by a military junta, written in collaboration with Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America. It was first staged by the Traverse Theatre Company at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in March 1997. 'A terrifying moral thriller which combines brilliant theatricality with clear thought and fierce compassion' - Sunday Times on 'Death and the Maiden' 'A veritable hall of mirrors: a mixture of Kafka and Pirandello... a work of obvious integrity and passion' - Guardian on 'Reader' 'A remarkable attempt to dramatise in a semi mythical way the consequences of recent appalling abuses of human rights' - Independent on Sunday on 'Widows'

The Alchemist and Other Plays - Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman; The Alchemist; Bartholemew Fair (Paperback):... The Alchemist and Other Plays - Volpone, or The Fox; Epicene, or The Silent Woman; The Alchemist; Bartholemew Fair (Paperback)
Ben Jonson; Edited by Gordon Campbell
R302 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R83 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. Volpone, which was first performed in 1606, dramatizes the corrupting nature of greed in an exuberant satire set in contemporary Venice. The first production of Epicene marked the end of a year long closure of the theatres because of an epidemic of the plague in 1609; its comedy affirms the consolatory power of laughter at such a time. The Alchemist (1610) deploys the metaphors of alchemical transformation to emphasize the mutability of the characters and their relationships. In Bartholomew Fair (1614) Jonson embroils the visitors to the fair in its myriad tempations, exposing the materialistic impulses beneath the apparent godliness of Jacobean Puritans. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. Stage directions hvae been added to facilitate the reconstruction of the plays' performance, and there is a scholarly introduction, detailed annotation, and a glossary. 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.

The Vagina Monologues (Paperback): Eve Ensler The Vagina Monologues (Paperback)
Eve Ensler
R390 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R76 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Parade's End (Paperback): Tom Stoppard Parade's End (Paperback)
Tom Stoppard
R431 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R79 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This was the first time I felt as involved in film as in working in theatre. My immersion in Parade's End from the writing to the finishing touches took up the time I might have given to writing my own play but, perhaps to an unwarranted degree, I think of this Parade's End as mine, such was the illusion of proprietorship over Ford's characters and story.
--Tom Stoppard, from the Introduction
Tom Stoppard's BBC / HBO dramatization of Ford Madox Ford's masterwork takes a prominent place in the ranks of his oeuvre. Parade's End is the reinvention of a masterwork of modernist English literature produced by one of the most critically acclaimed and respected writers working today. Parade's End is the story of Christopher Tietjens, the last Tory, his beautiful, disconcerting wife Sylvia, and the virginal young suffragette Valentine Wannop: an upper class love triangle before and during the Great War.
Parade's End is a three-part drama, directed by the BAFTA-winning Susanna White, and featuring internationally renowned actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, and Adelaide Clemens. This edition includes bonus scenes which were not broadcast, an introductory essay by Stoppard, and a selection of stills from the production as well as photographs taken on location.

A Number (Paperback, New edition): Caryl Churchill A Number (Paperback, New edition)
Caryl Churchill
R271 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R66 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With her finger as always on the pulse of our deepest concerns, in "A Number", Caryl Churchill turns her extraordinary dramatic gifts to the subject of human cloning - how might a son feel to discover that he is only one of a number of identical copies. And how would the father feel confronted by these reproachful clones ...? First staged in 2002 to huge acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre, London, with Michael Gambon as the father and Daniel Craig as the sons, "A Number" is revived at Sheffield in October 2006 with real-life father and son, Timothy and Samuel West, playing the leads.

Langbourne's Evolution (Paperback, Evolution ed.): Alan P Landau Langbourne's Evolution (Paperback, Evolution ed.)
Alan P Landau
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Who & the What - A Play (Paperback): Ayad Akhtar The Who & the What - A Play (Paperback)
Ayad Akhtar
R339 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cuttings (Paperback): Ollie George Clark Cuttings (Paperback)
Ollie George Clark
R279 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R95 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Plays of Oscar Wilde (Paperback): Oscar Wilde The Plays of Oscar Wilde (Paperback)
Oscar Wilde; Introduction by Anne Varty; Notes by Anne Varty; Series edited by Keith Carabine
R89 R78 Discovery Miles 780 Save R11 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With an Introduction and Notes by Anne Varty, Royal Holloway, University of London. Oscar Wilde took London by storm with his first comedy, Lady Windermere's Fan. The combination of dazzling wit, subtle social criticism, sumptuous settings and the theme of a guilty secret proved a winner, both here and in his next three plays, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and his undisputed masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest. This volume includes all Wilde's plays from his early tragedy Vera to the controversial Salome and the little known fragments, La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy. The edition affords a rare chance to see Wilde's best known work in the context of his entire dramatic output, and to appreciate plays which have hitherto received scant critical attention. Wilde's plays have never failed to delight audiences and are a lasting testimony to their author's supreme wit and theatrical genius.

The Laramie Project And The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later (Paperback): Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti,... The Laramie Project And The Laramie Project - Ten Years Later (Paperback)
Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris
R335 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R94 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard's death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder. Since its premiere, "The Laramie Project" has become a modern classic and one of the most-performed theater pieces in America.
Now, in this expanded edition, "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" adds an essential sequel to the original work. Revisiting the town a decade after the tragedy, the troupe finds a community grappling with its legacy and its place in history. The two plays together comprise an epic and deeply moving theatrical cycle that explores the life of an American town over the course a decade.

Blood Brothers (Paperback, New edition): Willy Russell Blood Brothers (Paperback, New edition)
Willy Russell; Introduction by Willy Russell
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Liverpudlian West Side Story: twin brothers are separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. She gives one of them away to wealthy Mrs Lyons and they grow up as friends in ignorance of their fraternity until the inevitable quarrel unleashes a blood-bath.

'Willy Russell is less concerned with political tub-thumping than with weaving a close-knit story about the working of fate and destiny ... it carries one along with it in almost unreserved enjoyment" "Guardian"

One of the longest-running and most successful ever West End musicals, "Blood Brothers" premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in January 1983.

The Shakespeare Revue (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Christopher Luscombe, Malcolm McKee The Shakespeare Revue (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Christopher Luscombe, Malcolm McKee
R302 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R72 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Romeo und Julia (German, Paperback): Romeo und Julia (German, Paperback)
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Fourteen Little Red Huts and Other Plays (Paperback): Andrei Platonov Fourteen Little Red Huts and Other Plays (Paperback)
Andrei Platonov; Edited by Robert Chandler; Translated by Robert Chandler, Susan Larsen, Jesse Irwin
R541 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R195 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this essential collection of Andrei Platonov's plays, the noted Platonov translator Robert Chandler edits and introduces The Hurdy-Gurdy (translated by Susan Larsen), Fourteen Little Red Huts (translated by Chandler), and Grandmother's Little Hut (translated by Jesse Irwin). Written in 1930 and 1933, respectively, The Hurdy-Gurdy and Fourteen Little Red Huts constitute an impassioned and penetrating response to Stalin's assault on the Soviet peasantry. They reflect the political urgency of Bertolt Brecht and anticipate the tragic farce of Samuel Beckett but play out through dialogue and characterization that is unmistakably Russian. This volume also includes Grandmother's Little Hut, an unfinished play that represents Platonov's later, gentler work.

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