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The Year of Magical Thinking - A Play by Joan Didion Based on Her Memoir (Paperback): Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking - A Play by Joan Didion Based on Her Memoir (Paperback)
Joan Didion; Introduction by David Hare
R272 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R76 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won't when it happens to you...' In this adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play. The first production of `The Year of Magical Thinking', starring Vanessa Redgrave and directed by David Hare, was a runaway hit on Broadway in 2007. The same production is transferring to the National Theatre from April to July 2008.

The Hours (DVD): Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen... The Hours (DVD)
Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, … 1
R101 Discovery Miles 1 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The tale of three women linked by the Virginia Woolf novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Nicole Kidman won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the novelist battling insanity. Julianne Moore also stars as a Los Angeles housewife reading the novel and Meryl Streep plays a modern-day version of Mrs. Dalloway.

The Reader (Blu-ray disc): Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Susanne Lothar, Alissa Wilms, Florian... The Reader (Blu-ray disc)
Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Susanne Lothar, …
R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 In stock

It's post-WWII Germany and teenager Michael Berg becomes ill and is helped home by Hanna, a stranger twice his age. Michael recovers from scarlet fever and seeks out Hanna to thank her. The two are quickly drawn into a passionate but secretive affair.

Michael discovers that Hanna loves being read to and their physical relationship deepens. Hanna is enthralled as Michael reads to her from The Odyssey, Huck Finn and The Lady with the Little Dog. Despite their intense bond, Hanna mysteriously disappears one day and Michael is left confused and heartbroken.

Twelve years later, Michael sees Hanna again, but in the last place he ever expected to find her. As Hanna's past is revealed, Michael uncovers a deep secret that will impact both of their lives.

Uncle Vanya (Paperback, Main): David Hare Uncle Vanya (Paperback, Main)
David Hare; Anton Chekhov
R273 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Russia, late summer at the close of the nineteenth century. Vanya and his niece Sonya have worked for years to manage the country estate. Into this ordered and regular household come two new visitors, Sonya's father, an irritable professor, and his young wife Elena who, in the space of a few months, cause chaos, one by their selfishness, and the other by their sexual allure. Between them, they manage to have most of the inhabitants questioning their purpose in life, their happiness and, at times, their sanity. David Hare's version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya opens at Theatre Royal Bath in July 2019.

Denial (DVD): Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings, Mark... Denial (DVD)
Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, …
R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall star in this historical drama. Based on her own book, the film follows American historian Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz)'s legal battle with British scholar David Irving (Spall) after he sued her and her publisher for accusing him of being a Holocaust denier in 1996. In the courtroom, Lipstadt and her British lawyers Anthony Julius (Andrew Scott) and Richard Rampton (Wilkinson) are made to prove that Irving was lying by denying the Holocaust and must therefore prove its occurrence in their defence. Desperate to take to the stand herself, Lipstadt is approached by numerous Holocaust survivors eager to testify but her legal team remain steadfast in their intention to keep the trial focused on Irving and on the validity of Lipstadt's claims.

Plenty (DVD): Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, John Gielgud, Tracey Ullman, Hugo de Vernier, Tristram Jellinek, Burt... Plenty (DVD)
Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, John Gielgud, Tracey Ullman, … 1
R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An ex-secret service agent becomes bored when she returns to post-WWII Britain. She marries a diplomat, but becomes increasingly neurotic and bitter. Acclaimed dramatist David Hare provides the script, with Meryl Streep and Charles Dance in the lead roles.

Peter Gynt (Paperback, Main): Henrik Ibsen Peter Gynt (Paperback, Main)
Henrik Ibsen; Translated by David Hare
R280 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this radical new version of Peer Gynt, David Hare kidnaps Henrik Ibsen's most famous hero and runs away with him into the twenty-first century. Stripped of fretwork and greenery, the play is projected into a freewheeling modern world of music, dance, poetry, weddings, coronations, trolls and two-headed children as Peter steals a bride and embarks on an extraordinary lifetime's journey before returning home, finally, to Scotland. David Hare's Peter Gynt posits the same fundamental question the great Norwegian asked in 1867: does a belief in individualism help or hinder us in trying to live purposefully in the present day? The play opens at the National Theatre in July 2019 and transfers to the Festival Theatre Edinburgh, for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Plenty (Blu-ray disc): Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, John Gielgud, Tracey Ullman, Hugo de Vernier, Tristram Jellinek,... Plenty (Blu-ray disc)
Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, John Gielgud, Tracey Ullman, … 1
R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An ex-secret service agent becomes bored when she returns to post-WWII Britain. She marries a diplomat, but becomes increasingly neurotic and bitter. Acclaimed dramatist David Hare provides the script, with Meryl Streep and Charles Dance in the lead roles.

Skylight (Paperback, Main): David Hare Skylight (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R273 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'There are times in the theatre when you suddenly find yourself in the grip of silence. There is no fidgeting or coughing, no shifting about in seats: the audience's attention is so tense it is almost palpable. This is because it is both thrilling and dangerous: a fight to the death, or the dawning of salvation. David Hare's new play, Skylight, is punctuated by such moments. They are the signs that a dramatist of the first rank is writing at full stretch, in complete command of his material, undogmatic and unafraid, unforgiving and compassionate.' Sunday Times Skylight was revived in a new production at the Wyndham's Theatre, London, in June 2014, which received the Evening Standard Revival of the Year Award.

The Moderate Soprano (Paperback, Main): David Hare The Moderate Soprano (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R275 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

I want to give my country a model of perfection. My country needs cheering up. I'm the man to do it. A man of great passions, John Christie wooed his opera singer wife with a determination befitting a man who won the Military Cross at the Battle of Loos. Now, in 1934, this Etonian science teacher's admiration for the works of Wagner has led him to embark on the construction of an opera house on his Sussex estate. Then, by chance, he hears word of a group of refugees from Nazi Germany who may perhaps deliver his vision of the sublime - assuming they're willing to cast his wife in the lead. David Hare's The Moderate Soprano tells the story of how Glyndebourne, this most English of institutions, derives its character firstly from a woman and secondly from an Austrian and two Germans. The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2015, and opened at the Duke of York's Theatre, London, in April 2018. 'In the grand tradition of Bulgakov's Black Snow, a penetrating way of investigating the politics of life in general through the troubled internal politics of a particular theatrical institution. Fervently recommended.' Independent 'A loving portrayal of the mix of vision, stubbornness, grit, love and luck that can produce great art.' Financial Times

David Hare Plays 3 - Skylight; Amy's View; The Judas Kiss; My Zinc Bed (Paperback, Main): David Hare David Hare Plays 3 - Skylight; Amy's View; The Judas Kiss; My Zinc Bed (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R529 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R125 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a new collection of some of David Hare's finest work, including Skylight (Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, 1996), Amy's View, The Judas Kiss and My Zinc Bed.

Young Chekhov - Platonov; Ivanov; The Seagull (Paperback, Main): Anton Chekhov Young Chekhov - Platonov; Ivanov; The Seagull (Paperback, Main)
Anton Chekhov; Translated by David Hare
R478 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R109 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anton Chekhov is one of the undisputed masters of world drama. He is usually thought to hide himself behind his characters and stories, keeping his own personality well off-stage. But when he was young he wrote three plays - Platonov, Ivanov and The Seagull - which, with their thrilling sunbursts of youthful anger and romanticism, reveal a very different playwright from the one known by his mature, more familiar work. Young Chekhov brings these three blazing dramas together in versions by internationally acclaimed dramatist David Hare, offering the chance to explore the birth of a revolutionary dramatic voice. The plays show a writer freeing himself from the constraints of nineteenth-century melodrama and herald the shift into the twentieth century, and the birth of the modern stage. The Young Chekhov season premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the autumn of 2015.

The Absence of War (Paperback, Main): David Hare The Absence of War (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R277 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Absence of War offers a meditation on the classic problems of leadership, and is the third part of a critically acclaimed trilogy of plays (Racing Demon, Murmuring Judges) about British institutions. Its unsparing portrait of a Labour Party torn between past principles and future prosperity, and of a deeply sympathetic leader doomed to failure, made the play hugely controversial and prophetic when it was first presented at the National Theatre, London, in 1993. The Absence of War is much more than a piece of skilled reporting. It is actually cast as a classic tragedy.' Guardian

Pravda (Paperback): David Hare, Howard Brenton Pravda (Paperback)
David Hare, Howard Brenton; Introduction by Philip Roberts
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The press and politicians. A delicate relationship. Too close, and danger ensues. Too far apart, and democracy itself cannot function. Pravda (which means "truth") is a satire written at the height of Thatcherism when huge political changes were afoot. The play essentially studies, through black humour and close scrutiny, the tabloid ethic and the media industry as a get-rich-quick-fix. In the programme for the original 1985 production of Pravda, Brenton wrote: "Pravda means 'the truth'. English newspapers aren't propaganda sheets. The question is, why do so many of them choose to behave as if they are?" The character of Lambert Le Roux is a South African newspaper tycoon and the owner of several companies, striding his way through the regional papers en route to Fleet Street. Turning broadsheets tabloid, dumbing down the message, and stretching the truth, Le Roux takes no prisoners as he manipulates politicians and creates a media monopoly out of a once-respected industry. Le Roux is bent on dominating England's press as he has elsewhere in the world. As we see Le Roux accomplish his aims, we see also how the press is not the organ of truth we like to think it is. The dissemination of the truth is no longer its primary goal under the 'Lambert Le Rouxs' of our world. What is important now is what sells. The play is an epic satire on the media in the Thatcher era; a morality tale about how Andrew, a young liberal journalist, finally succumbs to Le Roux, who makes him editor of a tabloid; and - allegedly - the play is a direct representation of Rupert Murdoch who, even in 1985, was a major force in media ownership. Howard Brenton's and David Hare's first collaboration since Brassneck in 1973, Pravda was premiered at the National Theatre in May 1985, starring Anthony Hopkins and directed by David Hare, and was awarded the London Standard Best Play Award, the City Limits Best Play Award, and the Plays and Players Best Play Award. This Modern Classics edition features an introduction by Philip Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds, and a foreword by Jonathan Church.

The House of Bernarda Alba (Paperback, Main): Federico Garcia Lorca The House of Bernarda Alba (Paperback, Main)
Federico Garcia Lorca; Translated by David Hare
R272 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Better never to lay eyes on a man, never to have seen one. Ever since I was a child, I've been frightened: the look of men, yoking up the oxen, picking up sacks of wheat, calling to each other, their thick voices, their thick boots. Every time I passed, fear of their hands, of their touch. God made me weak and ugly. It's his way of keeping them away.' So pronounces one of five unmarried daughters before her elder sister, being the richest if least attractive of the bunch, is hastily betrothed. The youngest, burning with desire, begins a passionate, clandestine affair with her sister's suitor. She's spied upon by a jealous sibling, with devastating consequences. The House of Bernarda Alba, in this new version, premieres at the National Theatre, London, in March 2005.

Gethsemane (Paperback, Main): David Hare Gethsemane (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R277 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nothing is more important to a modern political party than fund-raising. But the values of the donors can't always coincide with the professed beliefs of the party. And family scandal within the cabinet has the potential to throw both the money-raisers and the money-spenders into chaos. This richly imagined ensemble play about British public life looks at the way business, media and politics are now intertwined to nobody's advantage, as, in an unforgiving world, one character after another passes through Gethsemane. Gethsemane, David Hare's fourteenth original play for the National Theatre, London, premiered in November 2008.

The Blue Touch Paper - A Memoir (Hardcover, Limited edition): David Hare The Blue Touch Paper - A Memoir (Hardcover, Limited edition)
David Hare
R3,812 Discovery Miles 38 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When, in 2000, the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. Yet he was born in 1947 into an anonymous suburban street in Hastings. It is a world he believes to be as completely vanished as Victorian England.Now in his first panoramic work of memoir, ending as Margaret Thatcher comes to power in 1979, David Hare describes his childhood, his Anglo-Catholic education and his painful apprenticeship to the trade of dramatist. He sets the progress of his own life against the history of a time in which faith in hierarchy, deference, religion, the empire and finally politics all withered away. Only belief in private virtue remains.In his customarily dazzling prose and with great warmth and humour, David Hare explores how so radical a shift could have occurred, and how it is reflected in his own lifelong engagement with two disparate art forms - film and theatre. In The Blue Touch Paper David Hare describes a life of trial and error: both how he became a writer and the high price he and those around him paid for that decision.This limited edition version of the book is signed and slipcased, with high specification production throughout. Just 100 available.

Collected Screenplays (Paperback, Main): David Hare Collected Screenplays (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R414 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R95 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From his early days as a playwright, David Hare has moved deliberately between stage, film and television, over the years building up a repertoire of work, most of which seeks to capture the changing feelings of contemporary life. Now, for the first time, some of Hare's best, and most characteristic, screenplays are collected together in a single volume, confirming his status as one of Britain's most passionate and versatile writers of fiction. This volume also contains an illuminating introduction by the author.

David Hare Plays 1 - Slag; Teeth 'n' Smiles; Knuckle; Licking Hitler; Plenty (Paperback, Main): David Hare David Hare Plays 1 - Slag; Teeth 'n' Smiles; Knuckle; Licking Hitler; Plenty (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R486 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R109 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Introduced by the author, this first volume of David Hare's plays contains his work from the seventies, including the landmark play of that decade, Plenty (1978), which deals with the subservience of journalists to the power-hungry businessmen that dominate London's Fleet Street. Also included in this edition is Teeth 'n Smiles (1975), a satirical commentary on the state of modern British society; Slag (1970), set in a school for girls, which tells the story of three teachers who attempt to establish an alternative society—while deciding to abstain from sex—and won him the Evening Standard Award for most promising new playwright; Knuckle (1974), the first of Hare's plays to be produced in London's West End, which received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Award; and Licking Hilter (1978), a teleplay written for the BBC, set in World War II to examine the pervasiveness of lies in English culture.

Mother Courage and Her Children (Paperback, New edition): Bertolt Brecht Mother Courage and Her Children (Paperback, New edition)
Bertolt Brecht; Edited by David Hare; Translated by David Hare
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This version of Brecht's great anti-war play by playwright David Hare was premiered by the National Theatre, London, in November 1995. It adopts a freer approach to the text than many editions, adapting the original rather than offering a close translation. In this chronicle of the Thirty Years War, Mother Courage follows the armies back and forth across Europe, selling provisions and liquor from her canteen wagon. One by one she loses her children to the war but will not part with her livelihood - the wagon. The Berlin production of 1949, with Helene Weigel as Mother Courage, marked the foundation of the Berliner Ensemble. Considered by many to be one of the greatest anti-war plays ever written and Brecht's masterpiece, it remains a powerful example of Brecht's Epic Theatre and pioneering theatrical style.

Berlin/Wall (Paperback, Main): David Hare Berlin/Wall (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R138 R112 Discovery Miles 1 120 Save R26 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Berlin/Wall In two contrasted readings for the stage, David Hare visits a place where a famous wall has come down; then another where a wall is going up. Berlin For his whole adult life, David Hare has been visiting the city which so many young people regard as the most exciting in Europe. But there's something in Berlin's elusive character that makes him feel he's always missing the point. Now, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the reunification, he offers a meditation about Germany's restored capital - both what it represents in European history, and the peculiar part it has played in his own life. Wall The Israeli/Palestine security fence will one day stretch 486 miles, from one end of Israel to the other. It will be four times as long as the Berlin wall, and in places twice as high. In this second monologue, the playwright recalls his trips to both Israel and the Palestinian territory and offers a history of the wall's building, an exploration of the philosophy behind it and a personal account of those who live on either side. Berlin premiered at the National Theatre, London, in February 2009 and Wall premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in March 2009.

Enemies (Paperback, Main): Maxim Gorky Enemies (Paperback, Main)
Maxim Gorky; Translated by David Hare
R274 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

1905. Russia is at a turning point. Zakhar Bardin is from the landowning class, but is now the uneasy owner of a factory. His managing director is determined to face down militant workers on a point of principle. But the shutting of the business has tragic consequences for everyone concerned. Gorky's extraordinary play, which was written in exile and banned in his home country, presents a panoramic view of a restless society, with a bourgeoisie no longer sure of its own values, and a working class steadily facing up to the terrifying sacrifices ahead. Described by Ronald Bryden in the Observer in 1971 as 'a real discovery . . . the missing link between Chekhov and the Russian revolution', Enemies has a dramatic breadth, humour and ambition unique to Gorky. Maxim Gorky's Enemies is adapted by David Hare and premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in May 2006.

Obedience, Struggle and Revolt (Paperback): David Hare Obedience, Struggle and Revolt (Paperback)
David Hare
R397 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R74 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Master Builder (Paperback, Main): Henrik Ibsen, David Hare The Master Builder (Paperback, Main)
Henrik Ibsen, David Hare
R275 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R61 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The change will come. And it's not far away, I promise you that. Some figure will emerge from the dark screaming 'Get out of the way'. And not far behind others will follow... The young are waiting. In all their power. Knocking on the door. The master builder Halvard Solness has a fear of falling. A self-made man, without professional qualifications, he has achieved domination in the town but he's increasingly frightened of being displaced by the young. A woman, Hilde Wangel, appears from the mountains, claiming to have known Solness ten years previously, and telling him of a promise he made to her when she thirteen. David Hare has written a new adaptation of one of Henrik Ibsen's most complex autobiographical masterpieces - a mesmeric exploration of control, power, lust and death, which builds to a vertiginous climax. The Master Builder premiered in this English version at The Old Vic, London, in January 2016.

I'm Not Running (Paperback, Main): David Hare I'm Not Running (Paperback, Main)
David Hare
R276 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R60 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Should I run? This is the question Pauline Gibson is asking herself. She has spent her adult life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a campaign for local health provision. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, who has made his way in Labour party politics, she's faced with an agonising decision. What's involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare? David Hare was recently described by the Washington Post as 'the premiere political dramatist writing in English.' His explosive new play portrays the history of a twenty year intimate friendship and its public repercussions. David Hare's new play I'm not Running, premieres at the National Theatre, London, in October 2018.

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