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.
Great Speeches and Soliloquies
Shakespeare’s words are ingrained in our language, culture and everyday lives. This collection includes his most memorable speeches, from Hamlet to Henry V, from Julius Caesar to The Tempest, performed by RSC stars Simon Russell Beale, Estelle Kohler, Clifford Rose and Sarah Woodward.
Great Historical Shakespeare Recordings
This collection brings to life the greatest Shakespearian performances of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Irving’s Richard III and Terry’s Ophelia to Gielgud’s Romeo and Olivier’s Henry V. The second disc’s miscellany includes Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell and a dialogue by Laurel and Hardy.
The Poems & Plays of Oliver St John Gogarty
Satirized as ‘stately Buck Mulligan’ in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Oliver St John Gogarty (1878–1957) was a leading figure in the Irish literary Renaissance, whose elegant lyric verse was greatly admired by his friend WB Yeats. This complete edition brings together his 15 volumes of poetry, together with more than 200 unpublished poems and the three plays he wrote for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, allowing modern readers to appreciate the full range of his lively, evocative writing.
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.
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.
The Last Days of Troy
Dramatizing ‘a mystery that has come to us in echoes and whispers from over three thousand years ago’, Armitage’s play follows on from the account of the Greeks’ wooden horse in Homer’s Odyssey to tell the story of the Trojan War to its bitter end. Set in present-day Hisarlik, the site of ancient Troy, with a cast of gods and mortals, the play explores an ancient conflict that rages to this day.
King Henry V
With its heroic king, victory at Agincourt and its complex portrayal of warfare, Henry V has remained one of the most performed and most popular of Shakespeare’s histories. This edition from The Arden Shakespeare is edited by TW Craik with meticulous scholarship. The book provides an almost scene-by-scene introduction to the play, a text edited from the First Folio, extensive commentaries and textual notes. First published 1995. No jacket.
Hanz Kuechelgarten, Leaving the Theater and Other Works
Early Writings, Essays, Book Reviews and Letters
Nikolai Gogol is one of the geniuses of Russian comic prose. This compilation of uncollected and previously untranslated writings ranges from his debut in 1829 to 1842, the year of his great novel Dead Souls. It presents him in many guises – as poet, playwright, essayist and book reviewer – rounding out our understanding of this enigmatic master of dark humour. The translator’s introduction sets these early works in their biographical and historical context.
Brian Friel: Plays 3
Three Sisters; a Month in the Country; Uncle Vanya; the Yalta Game; the Bear; Afterplay; Performances; the Home Place; Hedda Gabler
This third collection of plays by Friel includes Afterplay, featuring two characters originally created by Chekhov; six works based on plays by Chekhov (Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, The Yalta Game, The Bear), Turgenev (A Month in the Country) and Ibsen (Hedda Gabler); and two original works, Performances, about the private life and public work of Leoš Janáçek, and The Home Place, set in Ireland at the beginning of Home Rule.
Everyone seems to know a line or two from The Importance of Being Earnest: Wilde’s perennial favourite is joined here by Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and, with its original illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, Salomé, the inspiration for Strauss’s sensational opera.
Widely regarded as the most elegantly structured of Lyly's plays, Love's Metamorphosis is based on the story of Erisichthon's felling of a grove sacred to Ceres from Ovid's Metamorphoses, but here it is love that exhibits the ability to change. The play was written for Paul's Boys and first performed in the 1580s.
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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream 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.
This edition of the Scottish Play 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.
An Humorous Day's Mirth
The Revels Plays
Known now as a translator and author of dark tragedies, Chapman in his own time was admired as the creator of wonderfully original comedies for the theatre, and this play was one of the most popular of the Elizabethan era. Written in 1597, it was the English theatre's first 'comedy of humours', satirizing the attitudes, behaviour and social pretentions of contemporary men and women. This edition is part of the Revels Plays series. The text of the play has been edited from the original of best authority and is accompanied by an extensive introduction dealing with text, dating, the playwright, sources and stage history, plus annotation, collation and commentary notes and a glossary.
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.
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies
In collaboration with the novelist, Mike Poulton reimagined Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning novels for the stage. In this incarnation, Wolf Hall takes the story of Thomas Cromwell up to the coronation of Anne Boleyn, and Bring Up the Bodies ends with her execution. The scripts of the plays are accompanied by Poulton's introduction and Mantel's notes on the characters.
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance
An Un-Historical Parable
Four deserters bring the body of a dead soldier back to his home town, a northern mining community. The group's leader, Serjeant Musgrave, plans to hold the townsfolk at gunpoint, present them with the dead body and make them face the reality of war. First performed in 1959, Arden's play is now regarded as a modern classic. With commentary and notes by Glenda Leeming.
A Jovial Crew
or, The Merry Beggars
Edited by Tiffany Stern for this Arden Early Modern Drama edition, this is Richard Brome's comedy about four lovers who leave their noble families and join the beggar community in search of adventure. The last production staged before theatres were closed by the English Civil War, the play shows an intense engagement with contemporary politics: the young people find the beggar's life is full of dance and song – and hardship.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's plays have enthralled audiences since Elizabethan times, and his heroes and heroines, villains and jesters are among English literature's most enduring characters. Who can forget the reasoning of Portia, the scheming of Richard III, the wit of Beatrice and Benedick or the tragic vanity of King Lear? This compact, clearly presented one-volume edition includes all the comedies, histories and tragedies, along with his sonnets and longer poems such as Venus and Adonis. Archaic words are explained in a glossary.
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.