The Complete Dramatic Works of Tang Xianzu
A contemporary of Shakespeare, Tang Xianzu (1550–1616) is considered China’s greatest playwright, whose lyrical works mark the literary high point of the Ming dynasty. This collection of five major pieces in English translation features The Purple Flute, The Purple Hairpins, The Nanke Dream and The Handan Dream, together with his most celebrated work, The Peony Pavilion, which has 55 scenes and a performance time of 18 hours: ‘in world drama there is no more extensive and beautiful exploration of love’.
Alan Bennett’s play is set in the old-style local hospital of a small northern town. As staff struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the hospital faces closure in an NHS efficiency drive, a documentary film crew arrives to record its fight for survival. With an introduction by Bennett.
Medea and Other Plays
Four tragedies are presented in this modern prose translation – the relatively light Alcestis contrasting with the darker human passions of Medea, The Children of Heracles and Hippolytus. A general introduction and individual prefaces to each play provide context and analysis. (Previously published as Alcestis and Other Plays.)
Shakespeare’s tragedy of betrayal and jealousy remains one of his most performed plays. This Olivier Award-winning Donmar production stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the doomed war hero, Ewan McGregor as the manipulative Iago, Kelly Reilly as Desdemona, Michelle Fairley as Bianca, and Tom Hiddleston as Cassio.
A Play in Three Acts by Sean O'Casey
Set in 1913, a year of industrial turmoil in Ireland, O’Casey’s play focuses on the workers’ strikes and riots as they converged on a Dublin church busy with its harvest festival preparations. Written around 1918–19, but never performed, this is O’Casey’s earliest extant play, published for the first time in this 1979 edition, with an introduction by John O’Riordan. Slightly off-mint.
Classical Monologues: Women
Volume Four: From the Restoration to Bernard Shaw
This essential tool for actors, directors, teachers and students of classical drama includes more than 120 riveting monologues for women from the Restoration to the 20th century, including Aphra Behn’s Cornelia, Dryden’s Cleopatra, Schiller’s Mary Stuart, Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere and Bernard Shaw’s Eliza Doolittle and Saint Joan. A detailed introduction to each monologue provides an informative and critical context for theatre professionals and general readers alike.
Othello, The Moor of Venice
This edition of Othello, the great tragedy of 'the green-ey'd monster', is a pocket-sized, hardback volume containing the complete and unabridged text of the play, an introduction, a glossary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a bibliography. Published in the Collector's Library series, the book is linen-bound, with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.
'Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.' This edition of Shakespeare's Henry V is a pocket-sized, hardback volume containing the complete and unabridged text of the play, an introduction, a glossary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a bibliography. Published in the Collector's Library series, the book is linen-bound, with gilt-edged pages and a silk marker.
Furious that the women of Thebes have flocked to the mountains to worship the newly arrived Dionysus, Pentheus, the Theban king, denounces the god as a charlatan – but no man can deny a god. How Dionysus exacts his terrible revenge, culminating in Pentheus' destruction, is as devastating now as it was in fifth-century Athens. The play is translated and introduced by Robin Robertson.
Harold Pinter: Four Plays
This finely produced set of three volumes, each bound in black linen, is a celebratory collection of four plays to mark Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. The chosen plays are The Birthday Party, first performed in 1958; No Man's Land (1975); Mountain Language (1988); and Celebration, first performed (in a double bill with The Room) at the Almeida Theatre in 2000. Slipcased.