Famously described by the Irish critic Vivien Mercier as a play in which 'nothing happens, twice', "En attendant Godot" was first performed at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris in 1953. It was translated into English by Samuel Beckett, and opened at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955.
Contains radio plays, which complement the author's work for the stage. The volume includes "In the Native State", which became the stage play "Indian Ink". It also includes "The Dissolution of Dominic Boot", "'M' is for Moon Among Other Things", "If You're Glad I'll Be Frank", "Albert's Bridge", "Where Are They Now?" and more.
This play takes readers back and forth between the 19th and 20th centuries. Set in a large country house in Derbyshire, a cast of characters from each century play out their respective dramas. The text explores topics such as the nature of truth and time.
Eddie Carbone is a longshoreman and a straightforward man, with a strong sense of decency and of honour. For Eddie, it's a privilege to take in his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, straight off the boat from Italy.
Two plays from one of Britain's most challenging dramatists. Both are set in a late-21st-century post-apocalyptic landscape where human behaviour is monitored, living spaces are designated and any emotional displays are eradicated.
The timing and setting of Bond's latest play is non-specific, with the theme being timeless. It is a tragedy about the futility of war. In wartime, as communication and society break down, both soldiers and civilians are led to acts of barbarism and self-destruction.
A title that combines Wildean pastiche, political history, artistic debate, spoof reminiscence, and song-and-dance in judicious proportions. It is a Joycean web of literary allusions. It also includes a new preface by the author, and revisions made by him for a revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, in October 2016.
One of a series of titles first published by Faber between 1930 and 1990, and in a style and format planned with a view to the appearance of the volumes on the bookshelf. In this play, Stoppard parodies the philosophy lecturer, the detective thriller, the comedy of manners and the Whitehall farce.
Just Imagine presents inspiration for children's drama in its many varied forms, from simple games and activities, to puppets and plays. The suggestions for the costumes and accessories help create the characters and fantasy worlds introduced by the drama.
Presents the "First Quarto text of 1603" and the "Folio Text of 1623". This title is useful for scholars and students of textual history, or to those studying "Hamlet". It presents the plays with annotations and the introduction contains the stage history of the "First Quarto" text.
This collection of plays by Ben Jonson contains: "Every Man in his Humour", about the sexual fantasies of London's citizens; "Sejanus", a dramatization of the Jacobean system of censorship; "Volpone", a look at the seedier side of Venice; and "Epicone", the tale of a misogynist.
A Greek tragedy where desire and duty are in conflict. Set in Ancient Sparta, Penthea is married by her brother to Bassanes although she loves Orgilus. Virtuous Penthea feels herself adulterous, Bassanes jealous and Orgilus driven to seek revenge. Suffering, courage and expiation follow.
Wilde's drama engages issues which are of immediate importance in modern culture and his stylish manner is calculated to permit a degree of detachment necessary when handling socially and politically explosive issues. The introduction sets the play in its historical, social and theatrical context.
Universally considered Webster's masterpiece, this violent play presents a dark and disturbing portrait of the human condition. The play's heroine is imprisoned by her brothers because she bore a commoner's son.
Offers fresh insight into the critical interpretation of Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew". This title builds on foundations (the relationship with the play and gender relations) and suggests different areas of interest (popular associations of the shrew, the question of reputation, and a re-examination of the play's structure).
A genre-defying drama--part play, part prose, pure poetry that tells the story of bereaved parents setting out to reach their lost children. It begins in a small village, in a kitchen, where a man announces to his wife that he is leaving, embarking on a journey in search of their dead son.
Divided into themes and through using photocopiable sheets, this book emphasises the importance of allowing children to express their feelings through dance and drama, and encourages the teacher to view drama as a different method of learning.
Characterized by the author's understatement, observation and knowing irony, these six Alan Bennett monologues were written for the second BBC1 series of "Talking Heads", the first having been transmitted 11 years earlier, in 1987.
Including a variety of both well-known and less famous examples, from The Shawshank Redemption to Samira Makhmalbaf's The Apple, this book offers a fresh new approach to thinking about, discussing and writing screenplays.
Writing for theatre is a unique art form, different even from other kinds of scriptwriting. It includes a series of interviews with writers, directors and dramaturgs, all of whom are making theatre now, providing an unrivalled glimpse into the world of contemporary theatre making.
This collection captures the best contemporary monologues for women, as well as celebrates the monologue as a piece for performance with accompanying commentary engaging with real dramatic challenges and issues that the performer will confront.
Masques of difference' presents an annotated edition of four seventeenth-century entertainments written by Ben Jonson, which reflect the royal court's self-representation as moral and just, in contrast to stylised images of chaotically (and exotically) 'othered' groups: Africans, the Irish, witches, and the homoeroticised figure of the Gypsy.
A new edition of the Elizabethan dark comedy which is seen to be topical in its concern with international politics. The editor's introduction forms a critical discussion and includes a stage history of the play. It features commentary notes on language and staging.
This is a lively, readable and accurate verse translation of the six best plays by one of the most influential of all classical Latin writers. The volume includes Phaedra, Oedipus, Medea, Trojan Women, Hercules Furens, and Thyestes, together with an invaluable introduction and notes.
At the turn of the 20th century, the president of the United States is shot by an anarchist. Is the crime a protest against America's imperial ambitions - or a cry for attention by an angry young man? Provocative, edgy, and compelling, this is the first play by the author of "Fast Food Nation".
Dr Faustus is a highly popular text, this student edition uses the A text, widely excepted as the most authentic published edition. Fully revised by leading Renaissance scholar, Ros King, it contains a completely new Introduction containing the latest criticism and stage history and revised commentary and notes.
Locked into a bloody cycle of murder and reprisal, Electra, haunted by her father's assassination, is consumed by grief and a thirst for vengeance. When her brother Orestes at last returns, she urges him to a savage and terrifying conclusion.