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Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (German, Paperback): Bertolt Brecht Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (German, Paperback)
Bertolt Brecht
R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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 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.

The Son (Paperback, Main): Florian Zeller The Son (Paperback, Main)
Florian Zeller; Translated by Christopher Hampton
R274 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents' divorce. He's listless, skipping classes, lying. He believes moving in with his father and his new family may help. A different school, a fresh start. When he senses he isn't wanted there, he decides to go back to his mother's. But what happens when the options dry up? I'm telling you. I don't understand what's happening to me. Florian Zeller's The Son completes a trilogy with The Mother and The Father, all of which are translated by Christopher Hampton. The Son premiered at the Kiln Theatre, London, in February 2019, and transferred to the Duke of York's Theatre in August.

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.

Calendar Girls (Paperback): Tim Firth Calendar Girls (Paperback)
Tim Firth
R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history. "It's marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem." - Mail on Sunday "Dazzlingly funny, shamele

New Canadian Realisms: Eight Plays (Paperback, New): Robert A Barker, Kim Solga New Canadian Realisms: Eight Plays (Paperback, New)
Robert A Barker, Kim Solga
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A collection of contemporary Canadian plays. Includes Gwen Pharis Ringwood's "Still Stands the House," Trey Anthony's "'da Kink in my hair," Tara Beagan's "Miss Julie: Sheh'mah," Madeleine Blais-Dahlem's "La Maculees Tain," Hillar Liitoja's "The Last Supper," selections from the Impromptu Splendour series, Theatre Replacement's "BIOBOXES," and Zuppa Theatre's "Penny Dreadful."

All My Sons (Paperback): Arthur Miller All My Sons (Paperback)
Arthur Miller; Introduction by Christopher Bigsby 1
R246 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R44 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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 ...

"Broken Glass" (Paperback): Arthur Miller "Broken Glass" (Paperback)
Arthur Miller
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Broken Glass is a brave, bighearted attempt by one of the pathfinders of postwar drama to look at the tangle of evasions and hostilities by which the soul contrives to hide its emptiness from itself.' John Lahr (The New Yorker) Brooklyn, 1938: Sylvia Gellburg is stricken by a mysterious paralysis in her legs for which the doctor can find no cause. He soon realizes that she is obsessed by the devastating news from Germany, where government thugs have begun smashing Jewish stores. But this experience is intermeshed with what he learns is her strange relationship with her husband Philip. When the two seemingly unrelated situations concatenate, a tragic flare of light opens on the age. 'His strongest play for many years, a gripping and at times powerfully affecting drama. As almost always in his work, it balances private lives with public morality...It is also an amazingly full-blooded piece, bursting with pain and passion.' (Charles Spencer Daily Telegraph)

Die Rauber (German, Paperback): Die Rauber (German, Paperback)
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Things I Know To Be True (Paperback): Andrew Bovell Things I Know To Be True (Paperback)
Andrew Bovell
R275 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R65 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family - and a marriage - through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations. Bob and Fran have worked hard to give their four children the opportunities they never had. Now, with the kids ready to make lives of their own, it's time to sit back and smell the roses. But the change of the seasons reveals some shattering truths, leaving us asking whether it's possible to love too much. Andrew Bovell's beautifully touching, funny and bold play Things I Know To Be True was premiered in Adelaide, Australia, as a co-production between Frantic Assembly and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. It received its British premiere in 2016, co-produced with Warwick Arts Centre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith.

The Iceman Cometh (Paperback, New edition): Eugene O'Neill The Iceman Cometh (Paperback, New edition)
Eugene O'Neill
R387 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Into a waterfront bar, full of life's failures, subsisting solely on their dreams, comes Hickey with his urge to make them face the truth. This play, first staged in 1946, is written by the author of Anna Christie and Strange Interlude, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936.

The Intricate Art of Actually Caring, and Other New Zealand Plays (Paperback): Sharon Mazer The Intricate Art of Actually Caring, and Other New Zealand Plays (Paperback)
Sharon Mazer
R938 R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Save R65 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theater in New Zealand began as a tool of the British Empire, imported along with Christianity, seeds, and other commodities as a way of acculturating the indigenous Maori population. In the decades since, it has been turned to different ends, and is now a crucial outlet for the voices of the ever more diverse population of New Zealanders. This collection gathers some of the most interesting recent plays that engage explicitly with social issues, which are organized so that, together, they present a vivid picture of what it means to be living in New Zealand in the first decades of the twenty-first century, as people grapple with lingering colonialism and the increasing globalization of everyday life.

Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women (Hardcover): Euripides Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women (Hardcover)
Euripides; Translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien; Introduction by Ruth Scodel
R1,007 R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Save R207 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Diane Arnson Svarlien's translation of Euripides' Andromache , Hecuba , and Trojan Women exhibits the same scholarly and poetic standards that have won praise for her Alcestis , Medea , Hippolytus . Ruth Scodel's Introduction examines the cultural and political context in which Euripides wrote, and provides analysis of the themes, structure, and characters of the plays included. Her notes offer expert guidance to readers encountering these works for the first time.

Woe from Wit - A Verse Comedy in Four Acts (Paperback): Betsy Hulick Woe from Wit - A Verse Comedy in Four Acts (Paperback)
Betsy Hulick; Introduction by Angela Brintlinger; Alexander Griboedov
R363 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Alexander Griboedov's Woe from Wit is one of the masterpieces of Russian drama. A verse comedy set in Moscow high society after the Napoleonic wars, it offers sharply drawn characters and clever repartee, mixing meticulously crafted banter and biting social critique. Its protagonist, Alexander Chatsky, is an idealistic ironist, a complex Romantic figure who would be echoed in Russian literature from Pushkin onward. Chatsky returns from three years abroad hoping to rekindle a romance with his childhood sweetheart, Sophie. In the meantime, she has fallen in love with Molchalin, her reactionary father Famusov's scheming secretary. Chatsky speaks out against the hypocrisy of aristocratic society-and as scandal erupts, he is met with accusations of madness. Woe from Wit was written in 1823 and was an immediate sensation, but under heavy-handed tsarist censorship, it was not published in full until forty years later. Its influence is felt not just in Russian literary language but in everyday speech. It is the source of a remarkable number of frequently quoted aphorisms and turns of phrase, comparable to Shakespeare's influence on English. Yet owing to its complex rhyme scheme and verse structure, the play has frequently been considered almost untranslatable. Betsy Hulick's translation brings Griboedov's sparkling wit, spirited dialogue, and effortless crossing of registers from elevated to colloquial into a lively contemporary English.

Murdered to Death (Paperback): Peter Gordon Murdered to Death (Paperback)
Peter Gordon
R248 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R25 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
King Charles III (Paperback, West End edition): Mike Bartlett King Charles III (Paperback, West End edition)
Mike Bartlett
R276 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R65 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mike Bartlett's controversial 'future history play' explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? Drawing on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, King Charles III opened at London's Almeida Theatre, directed by its Artistic Director Rupert Goold, in 2014, before transferring to the West End.

A Moon for the Misbegotten (Paperback, New edition): Eugene O'Neill A Moon for the Misbegotten (Paperback, New edition)
Eugene O'Neill
R300 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R72 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Josie, a towering woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation lives in a dilapidated Connecticut farmhouse with her conniving father. Together, they're a formidable force as they scrape together a livelihood. But Josie's softer side is exposed through her love of Jim Tyrone, her father's drinking buddy - a third-rate actor whose dreams of stardom were washed away by alcohol. The companion pieces are "Long Day's Journey" and "The Iceman Cometh".

Plays 1 (Paperback, Reissue): Dario Fo Plays 1 (Paperback, Reissue)
Dario Fo
R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mistero Buffo, or The Comic Mysteries, is based on research into mediaeval mystery plays; The Accidental Death of an Anarchist concerns the "accidental" (or not) death of an anarchist railwork who "fell" (or was pushed) to his death from a police headquarters window in 1969; Trumpets and Raspberries is "A deeply subversive farce" (The Guardian) in which the boss of Italy's biggest car manufacturer FIAT, is mistaken for a left wing terrorist.

Three Other Theban Plays - Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes; Euripides' Suppliants; Euripides' Phoenician Women... Three Other Theban Plays - Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes; Euripides' Suppliants; Euripides' Phoenician Women (Paperback)
Aeschylus, Euripides
R420 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Though now associated mainly with Sophocles' Theban Plays and Euripides' Bacchae , the theme of Thebes and its royalty was a favorite of ancient Greek poets, one explored in a now lost epic cycle, as well as several other surviving tragedies. With a rich Introduction that sets three of these plays within the larger contexts of Theban legend and of Greek tragedy in performance, Cecelia Eaton Luschnig's annotated translation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes , Euripides' Suppliants , and Euripides' Phoenician Women offers a brilliant constellation of less familiar Theban plays-those dealing with the war between Oedipus' sons, its casualties, and survivors.

The Crucible - (penguin Orange Collection) (Paperback): Arthur Miller The Crucible - (penguin Orange Collection) (Paperback)
Arthur Miller 1
R411 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R117 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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