'What is remarkable about Alan Ayckbourn's comedy is that it contrives to be simultaneously hilarious and harrowing. Literally, it is agonisingly funny' - "Daily Telegraph". In "Three Plays" Ayckbourn's perfectly pitched dialogue slices into the soul of suburbia. The settings are simple - a kitchen, a bedroom, a party - but t... read more
Sophocles' Theban plays: "Antigone", "Oedipus the King" and "Oedipus at Colonus". They depict Oedipus's fierce heroic encounter with his gods, and reveal Sophocles' masterful characterizations, dramatic speech and use of irony. Bernard Knox introduces each play.
Including extensive annotation as well as prose introductions to each of the cantos, this translation of the second part of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" is idiomatic, not rhymed. It also includes a glossary and an index of persons and places.
The epic tale of Odysseus and his 10-year journey home after the Trojan War forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats, Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to reach his homeland safely and overcome the obstacles that, ev... read more
"Caligula" reveals some aspects of the existential notion of the absurd' by portraying an emperor so mighty and so desperate in his search for freedom that he inevitably destroys gods, men and himself. The dramatic impetus of "Cross Purpose", however, comes from the tension between consent to and refusal of man's absurdity; i... read more
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. Eventually their violent c... read more
"The most complete collection of the Russian playwright's repertoire."--"Vogue" This stunning new translation presents the only truly complete edition of the plays of one of the greatest dramatists in history. Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works interpreted and adapted internationally and beloved for t... read more
In "An Actor Prepares", Stanislavski deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the its full. He introduces the concepts of the 'magic of' units and objectives, of emotion memory, of the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids. "An Actor must work all his life, cultiv... read more
"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 ... read more
Murder in the Cathedral, written for the Canterbury Festival on 1935, was the first high point on T. S. Eliot's dramatic achievement. It remains one of the great plays of the century. Like Greek drama, its theme and form are rooted in religion and ritual purgation and renewal, and it was this return to the earliest sources of... read more
Auden often said that metre and rhyme led him down unexpected paths to thoughts he wouldn't otherwise have had, and in this respect versification and fornication are not so different. Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, "Death in Venice", seeks advice from his former collaborator and ... read more
CALLING ALL GLEEKS! Get more of your favourite characters in this official Glee prequel! All great performances deserve a warm-up! Enroll early at McKinley High to find out what went on before New Directions was even a glimmer in Mr Schuester's eye. When did Rachel first decide Finn was more than just a jock? When did Puck an... read more
'A small jewel of a book, a knowleageable introduction to both Stanislavski's personal development and to the content and range of his writings.''Theatre Journal' shows the System to be a practical process - drama school students and actors will be grateful for it' Times Eductational Supplement'A carefully documented study of... read more
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This title includes more than five hundred full colour illustrations by Sir John Gilbert. It features the Complete Works, reset using the famous Shakespeare Head text. All of Shakespeare's works in one volume. It also includes Shakespeare's world been captured by the titan of Victorian illustration, Sir John Gilbert RA. Gilbe... read more
"Romeo and Juliet" - Shakespeare's timeless tale of star-crossed lovers who "Do with their death bury their parents' strife" - is one of the first two works in the "Signature Shakespeare" series. It includes contextualizing essays and timelines by scholar Mario DiGangi, in collaboration with one of the world's foremost Shakes... read more