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"Broken Glass" (Paperback): Arthur Miller "Broken Glass" (Paperback)
Arthur Miller
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'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)

All the President's Men? - Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump's Cabinet (Paperback):... All the President's Men? - Scenes from the Senate Confirmation Hearings of President Trump's Cabinet (Paperback)
Nicolas Kent
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In January, one week before the President's inauguration a fierce fight erupted in the Senate between Republicans and Democrats over the confirmation of the key figures for President Trump's cabinet. These four powerful men lead the Trump administration's policy on Russia, the Middle East, Iran and North Korea, on human rights worldwide, on the Paris Climate control agreement, as well as on the civil rights and the health of millions of Americans. They are: Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon/Mobil, nominee for Secretary of State responsible for America's foreign policy; Jeff Sessions, a leading campaigner for the President and now his chief law officer; Dr Tom Price, a strident critic of Obamacare and nominee for Health Secretary; and Scott Pruitt, a climate change sceptic nominated as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency. In front of four separate Senate committees the nominees were subjected to tough and relentless cross-examination. They were questioned forensically about their ethics, beliefs and political philosophies. Each of them had to fend off accusations ranging from corruption to deceit or racism. These gripping and dramatic verbatim Senate sessions probed their fitness for office, and give us a vital insight into the future policies and direction of a Trump Presidency.

Four Puppet Plays (Paperback): Federico Garcia Lorca, Edwin Honig Four Puppet Plays (Paperback)
Federico Garcia Lorca, Edwin Honig
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From Lorca's prologue to a puppet play: 'This is not the first time that I, the drunken puppet who marries Dona Rosita, leaves the hand of Federico Garcia Lorca on the stage, where I live and never die. The first time was in the house of this poet- remember that, Federico? It was spring in Granada, and the drawing rooom of your house was full of children who were saying: ' the puppets are flesh and bone, so how come they remain children and never grow up?' The famous Manuel de Falla was at the piano and there performed for the first time in Spain Stravinsky's Histoire d'un soldat...' Collected for the first time in a single volume, Federico Garcia Lorca's Four Puppet Plays, A Play Without a Title, the Divan Poems; Other Poems, Prose Poems and Dramatic Pieces represent the purest examples of the poet's genius and range.

The Iceman Cometh (Paperback, New edition): Eugene Gladstone O'Neill The Iceman Cometh (Paperback, New edition)
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
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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.

Peer Gynt (Paperback): Henrik Ibsen Peer Gynt (Paperback)
Henrik Ibsen; Translated by Christopher Fry, Johann Fillinger
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This translation is based upon the Norwegian text in the Centenary Edition of Ibsen's collected works. It provides a close account of the quality of Ibsen's play by reproducing as nearly as possible not only the meaning in the literal sense but the verse forms that constitute so much of the substance and dramatic structure of the original. It makes an important contribution to those studying Peer Gynt in English, as until now little of the dramatic quality of the play has found its way into English translations.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

NaGL (Not a Good Look) (Paperback): Lech Mackiewicz NaGL (Not a Good Look) (Paperback)
Lech Mackiewicz
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Twelve Angry Men (Paperback): Reginald Rose Twelve Angry Men (Paperback)
Reginald Rose; Introduction by David Mamet 1
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The Penguin Classics debut that inspired a classic film and a current Broadway revival
Reginald Rose's landmark American drama was a critically acclaimed teleplay, and went on to become a cinematic masterpiece in 1957 starring Henry Fonda, for which Rose wrote the adaptation. A blistering character study and an examination of the American melting pot and the judicial system that keeps it in check, "Twelve Angry Men" holds at its core a deeply patriotic belief in the U.S. legal system. The story's focal point, known only as Juror Eight, is at first the sole holdout in an 11-1 guilty vote. Eight sets his sights not on proving the other jurors wrong but rather on getting them to look at the situation in a clear-eyed way not affected by their personal biases. Rose deliberately and carefully peels away the layers of artifice from the men and allows a fuller picture of America, at its best and worst, to form.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Paperback, Main): Tom Stoppard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Paperback, Main)
Tom Stoppard
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a play which, as it were, takes place in the wings of Hamlet, and finds both humour and poignancy in the situation of the ill-fated attendant lords. The National Theatre production in April 1967 made Tom Stoppard's reputation virtually overnight. Its wit, stagecraft and verbal verve remain as exhilarating as they were then and the play has become a contemporary classic.

Uncommon women and others (Paperback): Wendy Wasserstein Uncommon women and others (Paperback)
Wendy Wasserstein
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Faust: Part One (Paperback): J. W. von Goethe Faust: Part One (Paperback)
J. W. von Goethe; Volume editing by David Luke
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The legend of Faust grew up in the sixteenth century, a time of transition between medieval and modern culture in Germany. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) adopted the story of the wandering conjuror who accepts Mephistopheles's offer of a pact, selling his soul for the devil's greater knowledge; over a period of 60 years he produced one of the greatest dramatic and poetic masterpieces of European literature. David Luke's recent translation, specially commissioned for The World's Classics series, has all the virtues of previous classic translations of Faust, and none of their shortcomings. Cast in rhymed verse, following the original, it preserves the essence of Goethe's meaning without sacrifice to archaism or over-modern idiom. It is as near an `equivalent' rendering of the German as has been achieved. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Girls Like That (Paperback, New): Evan Placey Girls Like That (Paperback, New)
Evan Placey
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An urgent and explosive new play that explores of the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology. When a naked photograph of Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. But while rumours run wild and everyone forms an opinion, Scarlett just stays silent...With roles for up to twenty-four young female actors (though it can also be performed by a smaller cast), the play is perfect for any schools, youth theatres or drama groups looking to tackle a contemporary subject in a theatrically exciting way. Specially commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Girls Like That was developed through work with young people from the three theatres and first performed by their youth theatre companies in 2013.

The Selected Plays of Helene Cixous (Hardcover): Helene Cixous The Selected Plays of Helene Cixous (Hardcover)
Helene Cixous
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Cixous' work as a playwright - working mainly with Theatre du Soleil and their director Ariane Mnouchkine - establishes her as a participant in some of the most adventurous European theatre making of the last 40 years.
This collection brings together for the first time, four translations into English of Helene Cixous' plays. It is a unique and extraordinary resource for scholars, students and theatre-makers.
The collection includes: *The Perjured City, translated by Bernadette Fort
*Black Sail, White Sail, translated by Donald Watson
*Portrait of Dora, translated by Ann Liddle
*Drums on the Dam, translated by Judith G. Miller and Brian J. Mallet
This exciting new anthology will disseminate her work to a wide and receptive English-speaking audience.

The Spanish Tragedy (Revels Student Edition) - Thomas Kyd (Paperback, Revels Student Ed): David Bevington The Spanish Tragedy (Revels Student Edition) - Thomas Kyd (Paperback, Revels Student Ed)
David Bevington
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The "revenge" play became the most durable and commercially successful type of drama on the Elizabethan stage. This example by Thomas Kyd, who was one of the originators of the genre, brings to life the intrigues of the Spanish court, dramatically juxtaposing romantic passion with sudden violent death and clandestine politics. The ghost of Dan Andrea and his guide Revenge observe the dark and bloody action throughout, provoking questions about the nature of the human condition. -- .

The Vagina Monologues (Paperback): Eve Ensler The Vagina Monologues (Paperback)
Eve Ensler
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Mad Forest (Paperback): Caryl Churchill Mad Forest (Paperback)
Caryl Churchill
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A play written in response to the Romanian revolution of 1989, exploring the reactions of ordinary people to events. What emerges is the dreadful damage done to people's lives by repression and the painful difficulties of lasting change. Caryl Churchill's play Mad Forest was written after she, the director Mark Wing Davey and a group of students from London's Central School of Speech and Drama went to Romania to work with acting students there. The resulting play was first performed by students of CSSD in June 1990, only three months after their return from Romania. It was subsequently performed at the National Theatre, Bucharest, in September 1990, and opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 1990.

Angels in America (new edition) (Paperback, New edition): Tony Kushner Angels in America (new edition) (Paperback, New edition)
Tony Kushner 1
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Tony Kushner's epic two part drama is revived at the National Theatre in 2017.The cast includes Andrew Garfield playing Prior Walter, Denise Gough playing Harper Pitt, Nathan Lane playing Roy Cohn, James McArdle playing Louis Ironson and Rusell Tovey playing Joe Pitt.

Sunday in the Park with George (Paperback, New edition): Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George (Paperback, New edition)
Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine
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Re-issued alongside rare revival of Sondheim's famous musical about the French Impressionist, Georges Seurat, starring Olivier Award-winning Daniel Evans. First staged on Broadway in 1984 and at the National Theatre in London in 1990, "Sunday in the Park with George" is an extraordinary creation even for Sondheim. Inspired by Seurat's pointillist masterpiece, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" (which is reproduced in the book), the musical brings both Seurat and the painting to life on stage. In the second half, over a century later, Seurat's great-grandson is wrestling with the same obsession: that art comes before love, before everything. This volume contains the complete book and lyrics as well as a 50-page introduction detailing the making of the musical plus an interview with Sondheim plus "The New York Times" review in which Frank Rich called it: "audacious, haunting and...touching...The first truly modernist work of musical theatre that Broadway has ever produced". "Sunday in the Park with George" is re-issued alongside the first major revival since the premiere, starring Daniel Evans, who won an Oliver Award for another "Sondheim: Merrily We Roll Along".

Playing for Time (Paperback): Arthur Miller Playing for Time (Paperback)
Arthur Miller; Edited by Fania Fenelon
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The Leopard and the Fox - A Pakistani Tragedy (Paperback): Tariq Ali The Leopard and the Fox - A Pakistani Tragedy (Paperback)
Tariq Ali
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The BBC commissioned Tariq Ali to write a three-part TV series on the circumstances leading to the overthrow, trial and execution of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the first elected prime minister of Pakistan. As rehearsals were about to begin, the BBC hierarchy--under pressure from the Foreign Office--decided to cancel the project. Why? General Zia ul Haq, the dictator at the time, was leading the jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He was backed by the USA. According to expert legal opinion, there was a possibility of a whole range of defamation suits from the head of state to judges involved in the case. In consequence, it was decided not to broadcast this hard-hitting and provocative play. The Leopard and the Fox presents both the script and the story of censorship.

Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (Paperback, Main): David Lindsay Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (Paperback, Main)
David Lindsay; Introduction by Roderick Lyall; Volume editing by Roderick Lyall
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The Thrie Estaitis was first performed in the mid-sixteenth century to an audience of royalty and commoners alike. With its high style and penetrating political satire, it pressed for reform in Church and State and even in kingship itself with a hilarious masque of vice and corruption in high places. Sir David Lindsay's great play is a milestone in world drama. After almost 400 years it was revived by Tyrone Guthrie in a famous production for the Edinburgh Festival of 1948. Ever since then this masterpiece has been recognized as a key text in the resurgance of political theatre in modern Scotland and it appears as irreverent today as it was in Lindsay's troubled times. This new editon has been fully edited and annotated by Professor Roderick Lyall.

The Ruck (Paperback): Kevin Fegan The Ruck (Paperback)
Kevin Fegan
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The Birthday Party (Paperback, Main): Harold Pinter The Birthday Party (Paperback, Main)
Harold Pinter
R263 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R87 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Stanley Webber is visited in his boarding house by strangers, Goldberg and McCann. An innocent-seeming birthday party for Stanley turns into a nightmare. The Birthday Party was first performed in 1958 and is now a modern classic, produced and studied throughout the world.

The Bards of Bromley and Other Plays (Paperback): Perry Pontac The Bards of Bromley and Other Plays (Paperback)
Perry Pontac; Foreword by Maureen Lipman
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"Having produced a new Shakespearean canon in his previous collection of plays Codpieces, Perry Pontac turns his attention to other great names in European culture. The Three Seagulls is a Chekhovian comedy with representative characters drawn from each of Chekhov's major plays, as well as a selection of his plot-lines. The Lunchtime of the Gods is Wagner's Ring recycled into a thirty-minute play telling the entire story, plus several jokes not in the original. And in The Bards of Bromley, the first meeting of a writers' workshop is attended by a group of unusually promising authors: William Wordsworth, George Eliot, August Strindberg, A A Milne and Johan Wolfgang von Goethe."

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage (Paperback): Robin Soans Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage (Paperback)
Robin Soans
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On the eve of one of the most important games of his career, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas received a warning: The Sun newspaper was going to 'out' him as gay. This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation: Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas,100 caps for Wales, now one of the world's most prominent gay sportsmen; and his hometown, Bridgend, itself a victim of tabloid intrusion following the deaths of several young residents. Working with Alfie himself, and young people in Bridgend, Robin Soans joins forces with some of the UK's most exciting theatre companies to tell a great story about sport, politics, secrets, life and learning to be yourself.

Laburnum Grove (Paperback): J.B. Priestley Laburnum Grove (Paperback)
J.B. Priestley
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"A neglected early comedy from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J. B. Priestley. Ferndale, Laburnum Grove. A quiet, residential address in one of the newer North London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter's obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession. An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle-class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality."

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