A tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan war forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - from the witch Circe who turns his men into pigs, to the twin terrors of Scylla and Charybdis.
At a time when the Russian theatre was dominated by formulaic melodramas and farces, Chekhov created a new sort of drama that laid bare the everyday lives, loves and yearnings of ordinary people. This book includes an introduction that examines how Chekhov broke with theatrical conventions and discusses each play in detail.
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. Contains: Birds; Lysistrata; Assembly-Women; Wealth.
With The Beggar's Opera (1728), Gay invented the ballad opera. It is here published for the first time with its sequel, Polly, in which Macheath and Polly Peachum are transplanted to the West Indies. Together the plays offer a scathing and ebullient portrait of a society in which statesmen and outlaws are impossible to tell apart.
Claire Zachanassian, now a multimillion heiress and an older woman, returns to the impoverished town of her youth with a dreadful bargain: in exchange for returning the town to prosperity through her vast wealth, she wants the townspeople to kill the man who jilted her.
This original and distinctive verse translation of four of Sophocles' plays conveys the vitality of his poetry and the vigour of the plays as performed showpieces, encouraging the reader to relish the sound of the spoken verse and the potential for song within the lyrics.
School friends still in their teens, Arthur, Hads and Taff each have their own reasons for enlisting. Within a short space of time they return to the women in their lives (a mother, a wife, a girlfriend), all of whom must now share the psychological and physical aftershocks of their service.
A play that tells the story of a love triangle between Jimmy, an intelligent and educated man of working class background, his upper-middle-class wife Alison, and her superior and disdainful best-friend Helena. Jimmy hates his wife's background, almost as much as he hates himself.
Presents an unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. This book features anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it.
A boldly theatrical tale of grief and denial, set against the economic crisis of the 1930s. After years apart, two families come together to rediscover their lost friendship. Instead, they conjure up the spirit of a buried tragedy.
Part of a series of Spenser's great work, this title includes a general introduction, annotation, note on the text, bibliography, glossary, and an index of characters. It also contains Spenser's Letter to Raleigh and a short Life of Spenser.
A car wreck on the slopes of Mount Morgan puts insurance tycoon Lyman Felt in the hospital. While Lyman recovers, two women meet in the hospital waiting room only to discover that they are both married to him.
In an unidentified Latin American country, General Felix Barriaux has captured an elusive revolutionary leader. The rebel, known by various names, is rumoured to have performed miracles throughout the countryside.
Depicts a morally corrupt world where the desire for justice is contaminated by the obsession for revenge. The characters take pleasure in watching adultery, incest and murder. The play's chief moral spokesman, Vindice, is at the same time enamoured of and disgusted by, the luxury of the court.
Fading southern belle Blanche Dubois depends on the kindness of strangers and is adrift in the modern world. When she arrives to stay with her sister Stella in a crowded, boisterous corner of New Orleans, her delusions of grandeur bring her into conflict with Stella's crude, brutish husband Stanley.
When a deranged boy, Alan Strang, blinds six horses with a metal spike he is sentenced to psychiatric treatment. Dr Dysart is the man given the task of uncovering what happened the night Strang committed his crime, but in doing so will open up his own wounds. This work uses an act of violence to explore faith and insanity.
Enable students to achieve their best grade in GCSE English Literature with this year-round course companion; designed to instil in-depth textual understanding as students read, analyse and revise The History Boys throughout the course.
Features witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. This title covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, and lost plays and less well-known works of poetry.
When Dr Stockmann discovers that the water in the small Norwegian town in which he is the resident physician has been contaminated, he does what any responsible citizen would do: reports it to the authorities.
This fully annotated version makes available on one of the most popular and influential plays by Beaumont and Fletcher, young contemporaries of Shakespeare. In discussing sources and stage history, the critical introduction challenges the common modern devaluation of these playwrights and offers a fresh, historically informed interpretation.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this collection of the Bard's greatest plays is digested to a few thousand words along with footnotes. It is suitable for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatre goer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.
Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this is a collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words along with side notes. It is suitable for the theatre goer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.
Benedick: I am man enough to say that I love thee. Is that not strange? Beatrice: Not really... Benedick: By my sword, Beatrice thou lovest me. Beatrice: Get over yourself. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this is the third of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words.
The Crucible is Miller's classic dramatisation of the witch-hunt and trials that besieged the Puritan community of Salem in 1692. This definitive critical edition of the play features a comprehensive commentary, notes and questions prepared by one of the leading international Miller experts in consultation with the author's estate.
Jonothan Neeland provides an account of what teachers need to know, understand and be able to do in order to ensure that their first experiences of drama and teaching with 11 to 14 year olds are controlled, effective and based on the best practice.
This first collection of Mike Bartlett's plays showcases the adroit expertise and flair of a writer known for laser-sharp political comment, tight dialectics and needlingly real characters. Charting Mike Bartlett's stellar rise as a playwright, this volume is introduced by Sacha Wares.