Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic play about gender, desire, and sexual love. This volume also includes more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, like an original Introduction to All's Well That Ends Well, incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work, commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers, photographs of key RSC p..
The first edition of Antony and Cleopatra developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important Royal Shakespeare Company directors. This is the first edition of Antony and Cleopatra to be developed by and for the RSC, the world's leading Shakespeare theater company and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of..
Jonathan Bate writes with as much elegance as insight about the making of theatre and the creation of the plays.' (Richard Eyre, Sunday Telegraph). From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's gripping political and personal tragedy. This edition includes an illuminating introduction to Coriolanus by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate. The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page. A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the pl..
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's dazzling comedy. This book includes an introduction to Love's Labour's Lost by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate. The play - with clear explanatory notes on each page. A scene-by-scene analysis. An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre. A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play. The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book prese..
Jonathan Bate is a passionate advocate of Shakespeare and his introductions are full of striking and convincing observations ... footnotes at the bottom of each page gloss unfamiliar items of vocabulary, paraphrase tricky meanings and uncover bawdy puns. There is a universe to be found in these annotations - the Renaissance world of power and fate, sex and death, language and philosophy.' (The Times Educational Supplement). From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare'..
Jonathan Bate is a passionate advocate of Shakespeare and his introductions are full of striking and convincing observations ...footnotes at the bottom of each page gloss unfamiliar items of vocabulary, paraphrase tricky meanings and uncover bawdy puns. There is a universe to be found in these annotations - the Renaissance world of power and fate, sex and death, language and philosophy.' (The Times Educational Supplement). From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's..
This is the first edition of Richard III to be developed by and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the world's leading Shakespeare theatre company, and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of classic and unusual performances. It presents outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawdy humo..
With new translations and a new afterword
The full texts of the seven extant plays of Sophocles with Paul Roche's revised and updated translations of the Oedipus cycle, and all-new translations of the remaining plays...
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of two of Shakespeare's classical plays This book includes illuminating introductions to Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate. The two plays, with clear explanatory notes on each page. Helpful scene-by-scene analyses and key facts about both plays. An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre. Rich explorations of approaches to staging both plays featuring photographs of key pro..
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's great tragedy of love and war. This edition includes an illuminating introduction to Troilus and Cressida by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate. The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page. A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play. An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre. A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs ..
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of the classic comedy of courtship and delicious rivalry. This volume also includes more than a hundred pages of exclusive features like an original Introduction to Two Gentlemen of Verona. Incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work. Commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers. Photographs of key Royal Shak..
This is the first edition of The Winter's Tale to be developed by and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the world's leading Shakespeare theatre company, and it includes unique material to help the reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. It is illustrated with photographs of classic and unusual performances. It contains outstanding on-page notes which explain words and phrases unfamiliar to a modern audience, including the slang, political references and bawd..
‘My Oberon! what visions have I seen!
Methought I was enamoured of an ass.’
When four young lovers flee from Athens and become lost in an enchanted wood, they stumble into a fairy world where King Oberon, and Queen Titania, are feuding over ownership of a young Indian prince. Seeking his revenge on Titania, Oberon and his servant Puck begin a magical, yet farcical chain of events where all become interwoven in a comedic and mischievous play about the difficulties of love...
Volumul contine o introducere semnata de Arthur Miller si un interviu al autorului cu el insusi: The World I Live In. T. Williams e unul din cei mai influenti dramaturgi ai secolului 20 si unul din cei mai mari ai Americii. In colectia Penguin Modern Classics..
O drama puternica, impresionanta despre etica profitului si familie, si prima mare piesa scrisa de unul din cei mai buni dramaturgi ai secolului XX. A primit The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award si Tony Award for Best Play. 'The greatest modern American playwright' (Mail on Sunday). Cu o introducere de Bigsby Christopher. Col. Penguin Modern Classics..
Hugely ambitious in its historical focus and vast geographical scope, Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's most astonishing tragedies. The drama centres on the relationships between his main protagonists, Octavius Ceasar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and the highly charged affair between Mark Antony and the Egyptian queen that forms the backdrop to the pervading theme of struggle between East and West throughout the play. The internal battle of personal emotion and duty that Antony experie..
Cand patru indragostiti fug din Atena si se afunda intr-o padure fermecata nimeresc intr-o lume a zanelor in care regele Oberon si regina Titania isi disputa detinerea unui print indian. Cautand sa se razbune pe Titania, Oberon si slujitorul lui, Puck, declanseaza un lant de intamplari magice si farse. Text integral, cu o introducere despre autor, opera si epoca si cu note semnate de S. M. Farrow si R. B. Kennedy, si cu un glosar de termeni. Colectia Collins Classics...
This collection brings together the four plays that feature Ionesco's everyman protagonist Jean Bérenger. In The Killer, he comes across a radiant city , an ideal civilization which is being terrorized by a killer, whom he tries to help apprehend. In Rhinoceros, he is the only person in a provincial town who is not affected by a condition that turns its victims into the eponymous horned beast. In Exit the King, he is the powerful King Bérenger the First, who refuses to accept that he is dying. A..
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; it is the tragedy of a man who returns home to his mother and sister without revealing his identity to them. By the time of The Just and The Possessed, refusal and rebellion hav..
A sizzling drama of desire, avarice and deception set in the American Deep South, Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is published in Penguin Modern Classics.
'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. His two sons have returned home for the occasion: Gooper, his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, and his feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the venee..
The literary and dramatic work of J.M. Synge is most famous for the 'riots' provoked by his 1907 play The Playboy of the Western World and, indeed, this was neither the first nor the last time that Synge's dramas incited passionate disagreements. But, one hundred years on, it's clear that his writings are amongst Ireland s most brilliant and significant, as well as controversial. Here, for the first time, a single volume collects all of Synge's published plays, including Playboy, along with his ..
Goethe's Faust is a classic of European literature. Based on the fable of the man who traded his soul for superhuman powers and knowledge, it became the life's work of Germany's greatest poet. Beginning with an intriguing wager between God and Satan, it charts the life of a deeply flawed individual, his struggle against the nihilism of his diabolical companion Mephistopheles.
Part One presents Faust's pact with the Devil and the harrowing tragedy of his love affair with the young Gretchen. Pa..
Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic ..
This play, written during Brecht's exile to the United States and set in pre-Communist China, is a parable of a young woman torn between obligation and reality, between love and practicality, and between her own needs and those of her friends and neighbours...
'Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.’
Considered one of Shakespeare’s most rich and enduring plays, the depiction of its hero Hamlet as he vows to avenge the murder of his father by his brother Claudius is both powerful and complex. As Hamlet tries to find out the truth of the situation, his troubled relationship with his mother comes to the fore, as do the paradoxes in his personality. A play of carefully crafted conflict and tragedy, Shakespeare’s intricate dialogue continue..
Fiul regelui Henry IV, printul Harry e istet si totusi iresponsabil si isi petrece timpul cu tovarasi dubiosi. Dar cand regatul e amenintat printul Harry isi arata adevarata valoare si eroismul si isi incepe calatoria spre transformarea intr-un adevarat lider. Amestecand comedia cu istoria, scenele de taverna cu cele regale, regi si batalii, Shakespeare arata cat de grea e povara puterii regale. Text integral, cu o introducere despre autor, opera si epoca si cu note semnate de Mike Gould, si cu ..
Ultima si cea mai reusita piesa istorica a lui Shakespeare. Printul Harry domneste in Anglia supa moartea tatalui sau, regele Henry IV, unind tara in fata razboiului cu Franta. Shakespeare exploreaza relatiile intr-o lume a barbatilor, dar si ororile si violenta razboiului. Text integral, cu o introducere despre autor, opera si epoca si cu note semnate de S. M. Farrow si R. B. Kennedy, si cu un glosar de termeni. Colectia Collins Classics...
In The House of Bernarda Alba, a tyrannical matriarch rules over her house and five daughters, cruelly crushing their hopes and needs. The other plays here also portray female characters whose desires are tragically and violently frustrated - a woman's longing for a child in Yerma, and a bride's yearning for her lover in Blood Wedding. All appeal for freedom and sexual and social equality, and are also passionate defences of the imagination - in Christopher Maurer's words, 'poetic drama unsurpas..
Chekhov's plays express life through subtle construction, everyday dialogue, and an electrically charged atmosphere. This collection includes Ivanov, The Sea Gull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. Revised reissue...
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven’
Bassiano, a noble Venetian, hopes to woo the beautiful heiress Portia. However, he requires financial assistance from his friend Antonio. Antonio agrees, but he, in turn, must borrow from the Jewish moneylender Shylock. As recourse for past ills, Shylock stipulates that the forfeit on the loan must be a pound of Antonio’s flesh. In the most renowned onstage law scene of all time, Portia proves herself one of Sh..
‘Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.’
One of Shakespeare’s most witty and enjoyable comedies, Much Ado About Nothing is a play that explores courtship, romance and marriage through a number of relationships. Most famously, that of the irrepressible Beatrice and Benedick as they trade their wits against one another, criticising the notion of marriage, yet slowly falling in love with one another as they do so...
The plays collected here follow: the journeys of Pericles, Prince of Tyre; the political and romantic betrayals of Cymbeline - a chieftain of ancient times; and a work based on Chaucer's The Knight's Tale...
George Bernard Shaw demanded truth and despised convention. He punctured hollow pretensions and smug prudishness coating his criticism with ingenious and irreverent wit. In "Mrs. Warren s Profession," " Arms and the Man," " Candida," and "Man and Superman," the great playwright satirizes society, military heroism, marriage, and the pursuit of man by woman. From a social, literary, and theatrical standpoint, these four plays are among the foremost dramas of the age as intellectually stimulating a..
Translated, with an introductory essay, by Elisaveta Fen, and with an Introduction by A.D.P. Briggs.
Anton Chekhov's popularity in the west is without parallel for a foreign writer. He has been absorbed into our culture, and accepted as one of our own. His plays lend themselves easily to the stage, calling for actors with intelligence and common sense rather than a dramatic voice or histrionic skills. He takes from everyday life themes of frustration which apply to us all - the difficulty of ..
Including some of Oscar Wilde’s most well-known and infamous plays, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, this collection of the infamous writer’s works displays his brilliant, quick wit to its full glory. Wilde’s pithy social comedies dissect the morals and idiosyncrasies of society in the 1890s and offer a view of the sexual politics of the time...
When Carrie Fisher discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved - plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naivete, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Now her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her co-star, Harrison Ford. With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The ..
These three great plays by one of the founding fathers of the theatre of the absurd, are alive and kicking with tragedy and humour, bleakness and farce. In Rhinoceros we are shown the innate brutality of people as everyone, except for Berenger, turn into clumsy, unthinking rhinoceroses. The Chairs depicts the futile struggle of two old people to convey the meaning of life to the rest of humanity, while The Lesson is a chilling, but anarchically funny drama of verbal domination. In these three 'a..
Regele Richard conduce Anglia risipind banii si alegandu-si prost sfetnicii. Can pune mana pe un pamant care apartine de drept varului sau Henry Bolingbroke, familia Bolingbloke se razbuna invadand Anglia in momentul in care Richar se razboieste cu Irlanda. Mai popular printre oamenii de rand, Henry e pana la urma incoronat ca Henry IV. Una din cele mai bune piese istorice ale lui William Shakespeare. Text integral, cu o introducere despre autor, opera si epoca si cu note semnate de Mike Gould, ..
Arguably the greatest love story ever told, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet continues to touch modern audiences with its passionate depiction of the tragic romance between two young lovers. With a bitter feud between their respective families, Romeo and Juliet’s love is troubled from the start, and through their relationship, Shakespeare shows the fine line between love, hatred, comedy and tragedy...
In these three exotic, steamy dramas Tennessee Williams portrays loss, faded lives and passionate love affairs.
The Rose Tattoo is set in a bustling, Sicilian-American community, where newly widowed Serafina is paralysed by grief, until she has her romantic illusions about her dead husband shattered and rediscovers her true nature as a fiery prima donna, in a life-affirming celebration of love and sex. Tennessee Williams explores a new 'wild and unrestricted' theatrical form in the colourful ..
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Answering these questions and more, Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks delve into the real science behind the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. From Planet of the Apes to Interstellar, each chapter probes a differe..
The spirit of the Expressionist fiction developed int the German-language space is defined in plays signed by Oskar Kokoshka, Franz Kafka, Ernst Barlach , Georg Kaiser, August Stramm, Alfred Brust and Yvan Goll...
Luigi Pirandello's masterpiece, "Six Characters in Search of an Author", presents the playwright's views about the isolation of the individual from society and from himself. This play within a play chronicles six characters as they an author to tell their story, and to present their real lives on stage. But do their realities make better tales than fiction?..
Pirandello (1867-1936) is the founding architect of twentieth-century drama, brilliantly innovatory in his forms and themes, and in the combined energy, imagination and visual colours of his theatre.This volume of plays, translated from the Italian by Mark Musa, opens with Six Characters in Search of an Author, Pirandello's most popular and controversial work in which six characters invade the stage and demand to be included in the play. The tragedy Henry IV dramatizes the lucid madness of a man..
‘McCarthy has a true ear for the truncated rhythms of dialogue . . . intensely alive to the power of words.’ The Times A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life or death decision must be made.
In that small apartment, ‘Black’ and ‘White’, as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history – mining the origins of two diametrically opposing world views, they begin a dialectic redolent of t..
Loneliness, sexual tension and the need for human kindness pervade these three plays by Tennessee Williams, as their characters rage against personal demons and the modern world. In Sweet Bird of Youth, a drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town with an ageing movie actress in search of the girl he loved in his youth, but with terrible, violent results. Period of Adjustment tells the story of two young newlyweds who visit the husband's old army friend on Christmas Eve after unsuccessfully..
Magica si onirica, piesa incepe cu o furtuna teribila si un naufragiu. Alungat din Italia, Prospero traieste pe o insula indepartata impreuna cu fiica sa. Cu ajutorul magiei el cauta sa razbune nedreptatea pusa la cale de fratele lui. Shakespeare pune problema dificultatii de a face distinctia dintre 'om' si 'monstru' si se intreabacat de dreapta e justitia. Text integral, cu o introducere despre autor, opera si epoca si cu note semnate de Mike Gould, si cu un glosar de termeni. Colectia Collins..
In the 1940s, Picasso wrote two plays in French: the first, Desire Caught by the Tail, was conceived during the German occupation of Paris and features a cast of grotesque allegorical characters such as the Onion, Silence or Fat Anxiety discussing the crucial wartime themes of hunger, cold and love; the second, The Four Little Girls, came about a few years after the end of the war on the French Riviera, and presents the stream-of-consciousness thoughts of four unnamed girls in a vegetable garden..
Top Ten Lists: Movies showcases some of cinema's greatest moments, character and concepts. With over 100 top ten lists paying homage to cinema's greatest achievements, this book is an essential comparison for movie-lovers everywhere. The top ten lists cover a full spectrum of subjects, including underrated masterpieces, womanisers, twist endings, samurai movies, car chases, faux documentaries, kisses, vampires, battles, parties and ambiguous endings. With the likes of Chuck Norris and Orson Well..
O comedie a qui pro quo-urilor, probabil cea mai iubita si inventiva comedie a lui Shakespeare, A douasprezecea noapte incepe cu un naufragiu care ii desparte pe Viola de fratele ei geaman, Sebastian. SIngura intr-o tara straina, Viola se deghizeaza in barbat si devine servitorul lui Cesario pentru a ajunge sa lucreze pentru ducele Orsino. Acesta e indragostit de lady Olivia, dar ea il iubeste pe Cesario. Text integral, cu o introducere despre autor, opera si epoca si cu note semnate de Collin S..