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Identical twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked. Believing her brother drowned and desperate to survive, Viola decides to disguise herself as a boy. She transforms herself into "Cesario," enters the service of Orsino, and is sent by him to woo Olivia. What follows is a merry-go-round of unrequited love, mistaken identities, high comedy, low tricks, and desperate passion. Shakespeare's greatest comedy appeals to all.
"I used to be scared of them. They seemed so different. They don't scare me anymore. They're just children, aren't they? Just children." January 1941. A terrible crime is taking place in a clinic for disabled children. The perpetrators argue that it will help struggling parents and lift the financial burden on the mighty German state. One brave voice is raised in objection. But will the doctor listen?
The essential, concise and readable guide to the plays of Ibsen, Chekhov and Strindberg. Are you looking for an overview of the major work of these three leading playwrights? Are you going to see a play by Ibsen, Chekhov or Strindberg and want a run-down of the storyline? Do you want to know why these three are considered major writers? A Pocket Guide to Ibsen, Chekhov and Strindberg gives you all this and more: An introduction to each playwright Historical and theatrical context to their plays A synopsis for and analysis of each of the major plays Details of productions around the world A chronology of plays during the period Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) and August Strindberg (1848-1912) are acknowledged masters of their craft. This handy reference book aims to tell you why they should be considered as such, as well as giving you a snapshot view of the plays and a considered view of the writers. Faber's 'Pocket Guide' series includes: A Pocket Guide to Shakespeare's Plays, A Pocket Guide to the 20th Century Theatre, A Pocket Guide to Opera and A Pocket Guide to Alan Ayckbourn's Plays.
A murdered King. A usurped Prince. A promise of revenge. Returning to court to find his father murdered and his mother married to the murderer, Hamlet faces a terrible dilemma. An undisputed masterpiece of world theatre, "Hamlet", Shakespeare's great tragedy of passion, corruption and revenge, has captivated audiences for over 400 years. It remains as relevant and urgent as ever.
Plays are different. Unlike fiction and poetry, their natural habitat is not the printed page. They only release their true meaning on stage. Yet most people find it difficult, when reading a play, to grasp how much the staging can alter and enhance one's understanding. The purpose of this new series, "Page to Stage", is to bring this theatrical perspective into the picture - and apply it to some of the best-known, most-studied classic plays. Moreover, the authors are experienced and established theatre practitioners giving them an unrivalled insight and authority. So, after a concise introduction to the historical background of Ibsen's play, the reader is conducted scene by scene through the Action of the play, followed by a discussion of the Characters, the Setting, Staging, Lighting, Costumes Props and Furniture - everything that adds meaning to the staged event.
A practical, hands-on guide - for actors, directors, teachers and students - to Brecht's history and practice of theatre. The Complete Brecht Toolkit examines, one by one, Brecht's many, sometimes contradictory ideas about theatre - and how he put them into practice. Here are explanations of all the famous key terms, such as Alienation Effect, Epic Theatre and Gestus, as well as many others which go to make up what we think of as 'Brechtian theatre'. There follows a section which looks at the practical application of these theories in Acting, Language, Music, Design and Direction. And finally, the book offers fifty exercises for student actors to investigate Brecht's ideas for themselves, becoming thoroughly familiar with the tools in the Brecht toolkit.
Going to see a 'Shakespeare' and want a quick run-down on the plot before you start? Teaching the 'Henry's' and need a handy guide to all the histories for the students? The Faber Pocket Guide To Shakespeare's Plays gives all this and more: an introduction to Shakespeare and his times; a note on the sources; cast lists, synopses; main character descriptions and an essay on each play. It is a concise, readable and essential guide to all 36 plays.
"Romeo and Juliet" sets the jewel of young romantic love in the mud of a bustling, realistically drawn society. Then, with tragic inevitability, it shows its destruction. This is a new edition prepared by English Touring Theatre's Artistic Director Stephen Unwin and actor Michael Cronin, which radically simplifies both punctuation and stage direction, allowing directors, actors and readers to approach this most familiar of plays with a fresh and open mind.
Oswald returns home from Paris to honour his dead father. As his mother begins to feel the presence of ghosts from the past around her, Oswald discovers that there is more to his mystery illness than he first thought. Only by uncovering the truth can they both be set free...
A guide to all of Brecht's key plays that sets them in their historical, dramaturgical and political contexts. Stephen Unwin provides a clear and readable guide to Brecht's plays that will prove invaluable to the student, teacher and theatre practitioner. Grouping and analysing plays chronologically according to their context, Unwin also considers Brecht's theory and looks at his impact and the legacy that he left. The Guide covers: UNK] Three Early Plays and Expressionism UNK] Two Music Theatre Pieces and Kurt Weill UNK] Marxism and the Theatre UNK] Opposition Plays UNK] Five Great Plays UNK] A Late Masterpiece UNK] Theory and Practice UNK] Brecht's Legacy UNK] A perfect companion to the plays of Brecht for the student and theatre practitioner UNK] Clear structure and readable style UNK] Written by the Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre and the author of a range of theatre studies books
Ellida, claustrophobic and restless, swims in the sea every day. She loves her husband Dr Wangel but, ten years ago, promised herself to another man. On a late summer's day he comes to claim her. Henrik Ibsen's elusive masterpiece The Lady from the Sea, in a translation by Stephen Unwin, premiered at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, in February 2012.
Using examples from plays and playwrights the reader has most likely encountered, The Well Read Play is structured to teach the reader how to identify context, structure, significance, and character. Its principle aim is to help the reader develop abilities to understand and enjoy reading plays.
A hands-on guide to directing plays. Stephen Unwin takes a step-by-step approach, covering: choosing the play; casting; design; rehearsal (establishing facts, improvisation, language, character, blocking, using specialists); running the play; putting it on the stage; and finally, opening night
The famous 'daisy-chain' of sexual coupling, filmed and adapted many times over, most memorably as 'The Blue Room'.
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