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Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies - Rsc Stage Adaptation - Revised Edition (Paperback, Revised Ed): Hilary Mantel, Mike Poulton Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies - Rsc Stage Adaptation - Revised Edition (Paperback, Revised Ed)
Hilary Mantel, Mike Poulton
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A new, revised edition for the London transfer of Mike Poulton's expertly adapted two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's hugely acclaimed novels, featuring a substantial set of character notes by Hilary Mantel. Mike Poulton's `expertly adapted' (Evening Standard) two-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novels `Wolf Hall' and `Bring Up the Bodies' is a gripping piece of narrative theatre ... history made manifest' (Guardian). The plays were premiered to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2013, before transferring to the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End in May 2014. `Wolf Hall' begins in England in 1527. Henry has been King for almost twenty years and is desperate for a male heir; but Cardinal Wolsey is unable to deliver the divorce he craves. Yet for a man with the right talents this crisis could be an opportunity. Thomas Cromwell is a commoner who has risen in Wolsey's household - and he will stop at nothing to secure the King's desires and advance his own ambitions. In `Bring Up the Bodies', the volatile Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her career seemingly entwined with that of Cromwell. But when the King begins to fall in love with self-effacing Jane Seymour, the ever-pragmatic Cromwell must negotiate within an increasingly perilous Court to satisfy Henry, defend the nation and, above all, to secure his own rise in the world. Hilary Mantel's novels are the most formidable literary achievements of recent times, both recipients of the Man Booker Prize. This volume contains both plays and a substantial set of notes by Hilary Mantel on each of the principal characters, offering a unique insight into the adaptations and an invaluable resource to any theatre companies wishing to stage them.

Antigone (Paperback, 55 Ed): Sophocles Antigone (Paperback, 55 Ed)
Sophocles
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'It's a dreadful thing to yield...but resist now? Lay my pride bare to the blows of ruin? That's dreadful too.' The remarkable story of Greek tragedy's most intrepid heroine. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC). Sophocles's works available in Penguin Classics are The Theban Plays and Electra and Other Plays.

Philadelphia, Here I Come (Paperback, Main): Brian Friel Philadelphia, Here I Come (Paperback, Main)
Brian Friel
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Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and his humiliating job in his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation to come to Philadelphia. Now, on the eve of his departure, he is not happy to be leaving Ballybeg.

With this play Brian Friel made his reputation and it is now an acknowledged classic of modern drama.

Twelfth Night (Paperback): William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (Paperback)
William Shakespeare
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Each edition includes:


Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

Scene-by-scene plot summaries

A key to famous lines and phrases

An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books


Essay by Catherine Belsey


The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

Three Sisters (Paperback): Anton Chekhov Three Sisters (Paperback)
Anton Chekhov
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'Do you ever wonder what would happen if we could live our lives all over again but be fully conscious of it the second time? I bet we'd try to do everything differently, or at least would know to create a different world for ourselves.' In a room in a house in a provincial town, three sisters wait for their lives to begin. Olga, the eldest. Masha, the middle child. Irina, the youngest. The clock strikes. A candle is lit. The clock stops. Something catches fire. The clock strikes. They wake up. Following her critically acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke, Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall directs Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, in a new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn (One For Sorrow, Lela & Co).

Othello (Paperback, annotated edition): William Shakespeare Othello (Paperback, annotated edition)
William Shakespeare
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Shakespeare's tragedy about Othello the Moor is presented in this freshly edited text with full explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, an Introduction to reading Shakespeare's language, and much more. Reissue.

The Steamie (Hardcover): Tony Roper The Steamie (Hardcover)
Tony Roper
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When it first opened in 1987, The Steamie took the theatrical world by storm. Set during the 1950s, the play takes place on Hogmanay in a Glasgow public wash house or 'Steamie'. As the washing is done, four women sing, laugh and cry their way through the last working day of that year, with a little help from the increasingly not so handy Andy. Portraying a way of life in the midst of change, The Steamie fast became a firm favourite with people of all ages up and down the land and, to this day, its popularity shows no signs of waning. Half a century on, the way we work may have changed but, whenever the play is staged, it can still strike a chord of recognition in members of the audience and have them rolling in the aisles with laughter one moment and wiping away a tear the next. he novel The Steamie delves further into the lives of Doreen, Magrit, Mrs Culfeather and Dolly. It also brings some of the lively characters that only get a passing mention in the play more to the forefront. As the women get on with their washing, we eavesdrop on Magrit's man who has her 'up to high doh' most of the time as he will 'neither work nor want'. We come to understand why the bad behaviour of her two laddies will be the death of her. And we also meet her daughter who, happily for Magrit, is a lovely wee lassie and provides welcome relief from the troubles the males in her family are always bringing her. We are introduced to Mrs Culfeather's husband, Harry. Over the years, life hasn't treated Harry very kindly but he reminds us that there can be laughter in spite of the struggle that was life in those days. Then there's Doreen's other half, John, and, last but certainly not least, Dolly's family also make an appearance. The Steamie is a hilarious yet, at times, also deeply moving cameo of Glasgow's social history. The washing was always easier to do when joys and sorrows were shared and, of course, time passed much more quickly when the supply of scandalous gossip was as endless as the pile of dirty clothes!

Medea (Translated with an Introduction and Annotations by Gilbert Murray) (Paperback): Euripides Medea (Translated with an Introduction and Annotations by Gilbert Murray) (Paperback)
Euripides
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Die Marquise Von O. / Das Erdbeben in Chili (German, Paperback): Heinrich Von Kleist Die Marquise Von O. / Das Erdbeben in Chili (German, Paperback)
Heinrich Von Kleist
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New Plays from the Abbey Theatre - Volume Two, 1996-1998 (Paperback, 1st ed): Judy Friel New Plays from the Abbey Theatre - Volume Two, 1996-1998 (Paperback, 1st ed)
Judy Friel
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The selected plays show the extraordinary variety of Irish drama today as well as the brilliance of Irish playwrights, both seasoned veterans and those beginning to build reputations on the stages of the world's premier national theatre, The Abbey. The first play by award-winning playwright Michael Harding, ""Sour Grapes"", explores the taboos of seminary life including paedophilia and homosexuality. Thomas Kilroy's ""The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde"" tells the historical drama of the marriage of Constance to Oscar Wilde and recounts the tragedy that was her marriage and life. Interlocking lives of a varied group of eight morally adrift young Dublin women and men, Alex Johnston's dramatic comedy ""Melonfarmer"" illuminates the difficulty of human communication in a fast-paced urban society. ""By the Bog of Cats"" by Marina Carr completes the volume in an intense, poetic tragedy of brutal Irish rural-Midlands life in which money and land outweigh all other values.

Plautus Reader - Selections from 11 Plays (Paperback): John Henderson, Titus Maccius Plautus Plautus Reader - Selections from 11 Plays (Paperback)
John Henderson, Titus Maccius Plautus
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An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Paperback, New Ed): J.B. Priestley An Inspector Calls and Other Plays (Paperback, New Ed)
J.B. Priestley
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An Inspector Calls, first produced in 1946 when society was undergoing sweeping transformations, has recently enjoyed an enormously successful revival. While holding its audience with the gripping tension of a detective thriller, it is also a philosophical play about social conscience and the crumbling of middle class values. Time and the Conways and I Have Been Here Before belong to Priestley’s ‘time’plays, in which he explores the idea of precognition and pits fate against free will. The Linden Tree also challenges preconceived ideas of history when Professor Linden comes into conflict with his family about how life should be lived after the war.

Saturday Night at the Palace - A Play in One Act (Paperback): Paul Slabolepszy Saturday Night at the Palace - A Play in One Act (Paperback)
Paul Slabolepszy
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Saturday Night at the Palace won the Amstel Award for Best Play in 1981, and the AA Mutual Life Vita Award for Best Production in 1984.

'Rave., rave, rave! It's a long time since I've seen a local play as powerful, and effective '
- Sunday Times
Citysong and Other Plays (Paperback): Dylan Coburn Gray Citysong and Other Plays (Paperback)
Dylan Coburn Gray
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Allelujah! (Paperback, Main): Alan Bennett Allelujah! (Paperback, Main)
Alan Bennett 1
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- What were you in life? - In life, as you put it, I was a schoolmaster. The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. As Dr Valentine and Sister Gilchrist attend to the patients, a documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward. Meanwhile, the old people's choir, in readiness for next week's concert, is in full swing, augmented by the arrival of Mrs Maudsley, aka Pudsey Nightingale. Alan Bennett's Allelujah! opened at the Bridge Theatre, London, in July 2018. With an introduction by Alan Bennett.

Faust - A Tragedy In Two Parts with The Urfaust (Paperback, New ed): Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Faust - A Tragedy In Two Parts with The Urfaust (Paperback, New ed)
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe; Translated by John R. Williams; Introduction by John R. Williams; Notes by John R. Williams; Series edited by Tom Griffith 1
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Translated, with an Introduction and Notes by John R. Williams. Goethe's Faust is a classic of European literature. Based on the fable of the man who traded his soul for superhuman powers and knowledge, it became the life's work of Germany's greatest poet. Beginning with an intriguing wager between God and Satan, it charts the life of a deeply flawed individual and his struggle against the nihilism of his diabolical companion Mephistopheles. Part One presents Faust's pact with the Devil and the harrowing tragedy of his love affair with the young Gretchen. Part Two shows Faust's experience in the world of public affairs, including his encounter with Helen of Troy, the emblem of classical beauty and culture. The whole is a symbolic and panoramic commentary on the human condition and on modern European history and civilisation. This new translation of both parts of Faust preserves the poetic character of the original, its tragic pathos and hilarious comedy. In addition, John Williams has translated the Urfaust, a fascinating glimpse into the young Goethe's imagination, and a selection from the draft scenarios for the Walpurgis Night witches' sabbath - material so ribald and blasphemous that Goethe did not dare publish it.

Teerling (Afrikaans, Paperback): P.G. du Plessis Teerling (Afrikaans, Paperback)
P.G. du Plessis
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Die kreatiewe verbeelding in hoogste versnelling, dit is wat jy kry wanneer jy n topskrywer aan erge beperkings onderwerp. Skryf byvoorbeeld ses uiteenlopende eenbedrywe waarin daar in elk n man en n vrou is, n rot in n hokkie en dieselfde stel byklanke. Dit is wat P.G. du Plessis van homself gevra het. Die resultaat? Ses fasette van die bestaan, van die walglikste gruwel tot loutere sielsverrukking, wat aangrypend gedramatiseer word. Dit is n teatereksperiment, ja, maar een wat by uitstek die aandag vestig op die elementere boustene van die drama: kragtige dialoog, lewensegte karakterisering en die genietlikste intriges.

Arbitrary and Unnecessary (Paperback): Daniel Piper Arbitrary and Unnecessary (Paperback)
Daniel Piper
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Stories, poems etc. by comedian, poet etc. Daniel Piper "A rare treat. One of the best creative minds in the business" (Wallpaper magazine) "Undeniably funny" (The Stage) "A clear front runner among up-and-coming comics" (The Skinny)

Our Town and Other Plays (Paperback, New Ed): Thornton Wilder Our Town and Other Plays (Paperback, New Ed)
Thornton Wilder
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Finding the theatre of the 1920s lacking in bite and conviction, Thornton Wilder set out to bring back realism and to celebrate the innocent, simple and religious. Yet he also tried to endow individual experience with cosmic significance and Our Town is both an affectionate portrait of American life and 'an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life'. The Skin of our Teeth deals with human survival in a 'comic strip' way, and The Matchmaker is a hilarious farce which urges rebellion against all the constraints that deny a rich, full life.

Another Country (Paperback): Julian Mitchell Another Country (Paperback)
Julian Mitchell
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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way Through the Bible - A Collection of Humorous Sketches and Monologues Based on Familiar... A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way Through the Bible - A Collection of Humorous Sketches and Monologues Based on Familiar Bible Stories (Paperback)
Martha Bolton
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Watch the Bible come to life... with these delightfully funny sketches and monologues taken from familiar biblical narratives. Written with great humor and charm, these 16 scripts are always in good taste and contain pointed truths recognizable to everyone. Each piece will be appropriate for audiences inside the church and out. Martha Bolton's commitment is evident in each sketch's message.

The Divine - A Play for Sarah Bernhardt (Paperback): Michel Marc Bouchard The Divine - A Play for Sarah Bernhardt (Paperback)
Michel Marc Bouchard; Translated by Linda Gaboriau
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Playwright Michel-Marc Bouchard and translator Linda Gaboriau are a winning team. Their previous collaboration, Tom at the Farm, won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Drama.Divine was commissioned by the Shaw Festival and will be produced July 5 to October 11 as part of their 2015 season.

A Doll?s House (Paperback): Henrik Ibsen A Doll?s House (Paperback)
Henrik Ibsen
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The Price to Play 2 - Secrets and Deception (Paperback): Rochelle Blaze The Price to Play 2 - Secrets and Deception (Paperback)
Rochelle Blaze
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Playwrights for Tomorrow - A Collection of Plays, Volume 13 (Paperback, Minnesota Archi): Arthur H Ballet Playwrights for Tomorrow - A Collection of Plays, Volume 13 (Paperback, Minnesota Archi)
Arthur H Ballet
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Playwrights for Tomorrow was first published in 1975. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.Four plays by writers who have worked under the auspices of the Office for Advanced Drama Research (O.A.D.R.) at the University of Minnesota are published in this volume, the thirteenth in the series of such collections. The O.A.D.R. program, which is directed by Arthur H.. Ballet, the series editor, provides an opportunity for promising playwrights to work with cooperating theatres in the production of their plays.The plays in this volume are The Tunes of Chicken Little by Robert Gordon, The Inheritance by Ernest A. Joselovitz, Blessing by Joseph Landon, and The Kramer by Mark Medoff. Three of the plays-those by Robert Gordon, Joseph Landon, and Mark Medoff-were produced by the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco. The play by Mr. Joselovitz was presented by the University of Minnesota Theatre in Minneapolis. In his introduction Mr. Ballet comments on the achievements and problems of the O.A.D.R. program. He reports that since the program began it had had about one hundred plays produced in some sixty theatres, not only in the United States but also in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, and Canada. However, he writes, it became increasingly difficult to find playhouses willing to risk the challenge of new plays and playwrights. "More dangerous still," he writes, "has been the tendency for some directors to make theatre their own, highly personal art. Because so many of these directors only like what they know, and they don't know what to make of new work at all, they cannot truly judge and anticipate as a stage piece anything beyond their immediate ken. The rejections are cavalier and unthinking. The directors' lament that there are no new, exciting playwrights must be answered with the accusation that there really are damned few new, exciting, perceptive directors."

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