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  • Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) by SparkNotes
    Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) (English, Paperback) SparkNotes

    Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.

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  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    A Streetcar Named Desire (English, Paperback) Tennessee Williams

    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.

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  • Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) by SparkNotes
    Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare) (English, Paperback) SparkNotes

    "The play plus a translation anyone can understand"--Cover.

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  • "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen
    "A Doll's House" (English, Paperback) Henrik Ibsen

    The Student Edition of Ibsen's classic play, in Michael Meyer's definitive translation.

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  • A "Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams
    A "Streetcar Named Desire" (English, Paperback) Tennessee Williams

    'A Streetcar Named Desire is a play of mythological centrality, redefining American Theatre with its indelible heightened poetic naturalism, breaking down the taboo that sexual obsession and sexual violence could not be shown on stage...' Trevor Nunn

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  • The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
    The Pillowman (English, Paperback) Martin McDonagh

    A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town.

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  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller
    All My Sons (Paperback) Arthur Miller

    In Joe and Kate Keller's family garden, an apple tree - a memorial to their son Larry, lost in the Second World War - has been torn down by a storm. But his loss is not the only part of the family's past they can't put behind them.

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  • Year of the Mad King by Antony Sher
    Year of the Mad King (English, Hardback) Antony Sher

    Antony Sher's honest, illuminating and witty account of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's greatest roles. A fascinating perspective on the process of one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his generation.

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  • Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare) by SparkNotes
    Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare) (English, Paperback) SparkNotes

    These updated editions of classic plays feature new cover art along with the complete text of each work, full explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, a key to famous lines and phrases, and illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books. Reissue. (Plays/Drama)

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  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    Waiting for Godot (English, Paperback) Samuel Beckett

    Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful.' This line from the play was adopted by Jean Anouilh to characterize the first production of Waiting for Godot at the Theatre de Babylone in 1953. He went on to predict that the play would, in time, represent the most important premiere to be staged in Paris for forty years.

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  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (English, Paperback) Tennessee Williams

    '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. This is a portrayal of family tensions.

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  • The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
    The Duchess of Malfi (English, Paperback) John Webster

    A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history. An...

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  • Art Of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
    Art Of Dramatic Writing (English, Paperback) Lajos Egri

    Amid the hundreds of 'how-to' books that have appeared in recent years, there have been very few which attempted to analyze the mysteries of play-construction. This book does just that.

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  • Brutus and Other Heroines by Harriet Walter
    Brutus and Other Heroines (English, Paperback) Harriet Walter

    Award-winning actress Dame Harriet Walter reflects on performing Shakespeare's most famous roles - both male and female. An exploration of the Shakespearean canon through the eyes of a self-identified 'feminist actor' - but, above all, a remarkable account of an acting career unconstrained by tradition or expectations.

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  • Year of the Fat Knight by Anthony Sher
    Year of the Fat Knight (English, Paperback) Anthony Sher

    Antony Sher's account - splendidly supplemented by his own paintings and sketches - of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's best-known and most popular characters. As heard on BBC Radio 4.

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  • Julius Caesar and Me by Joseph Paterson
    Julius Caesar and Me (English, Paperback) Joseph Paterson

    'Julius Caesar is, simply, Shakespeare's African play' John Kani...

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  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    The Glass Menagerie (English, Paperback) Tennessee Williams

    Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, 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 daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

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  • Constellations by Nick Payne
    Constellations (Paperback) Nick Payne

    it's about quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. Constellations premiered at the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in January 2012. It transferred to the Duke Of York's Theatre, London, in November, and was awarded the Evening Standard award for Best New Play 2012.

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  • The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare) by SparkNotes
    The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare) (English, Paperback) SparkNotes

    Read Shakespeare's plays in all their brilliance?and understand what every word means!...

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  • Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
    Blood Brothers (English, Paperback) Willy Russell, Jim Mulligan

    This Student Edition of Willy Russell's successful folk opera, the story of two Liverpudlian brothers who grow up on opposite sides of the social tracks, includes biographical notes and an introduction to the play with guidance on its interpretation.

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