Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Methuen Drama has held a unique place in literary history for more than a century, publishing landmark works of dramatic literature that remain fresh, vital and relevant decades after their theatrical debut. Methuen Drama began in 1889 when Sir Algernon Methuen published among his earliest titles, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. The list quickly expanded and introduced important new work with the notable translation of Jean Anouilh's Antigone, based on Sophocles' original Greek tragedy and first produced in occupied France in 1944. Methuen Drama brought the influential work of Bertolt Brecht into the English language and published iconic literature from Bernard Shaw, to Arthur Miller, Caryl Churchill, Willy Russell, Mark Ravenhill and Michael Frayn. Acquired by literary independent Bloomsbury Publishing in 2006 and with Arden Shakespeare added to the portfolio in 2009, today Methuen Drama is an energetic, innovative and global drama publisher with a thriving front-list, carefully selecting the finest contemporary playwrights, scholarly works, performance and backstage guides.
Faber and Faber is one of the great independent publishing houses. The company was established in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber, who recruited T. S. Eliot to the firm that year. They set the precedent for more than eighty years of literary excellence. Faber's celebrated reputation for contemporary drama was seeded in 1956, a year that saw the premiere of John Osborne's theatrical bombshell Look Back in Anger and the publication of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Tom Stoppard joined the ranks in the sixties, and in the decades that followed many other brilliant dramatists have found their home here, including Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett, Brian Friel, David Hare, Frank McGuinness and Timberlake Wertenbaker. The legacy continues with an exciting list of younger playwrights. Faber believes that great plays make great literature. With a unique heritage, including plays by three Nobel Laureates, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and T. S. Eliot, and a thriving front list, the company remains a true pioneer of drama in the modern age.
The Arden Shakespeare (Bloomsbury Publishing)
'The Arden Shakespeare is one of the best regarded scholarly editions of Shakespeare's plays'
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Bloomsbury Publishing is a dynamic and innovative global independent publishing house established in 1986. It has companies in London, New York, Sydney and New Delhi. Its four divisions include Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing. Bloomsbury's mission is to publish works of excellence and originality across all its divisions:
Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Publishing is one of the fastest growing academic publishers with a particularly big presence in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Seeking out works of the highest scholarly merit, it publishes around 1,100 titles a year including journals, digital services, textbooks, primary works of literature from the Greeks to modern playwrights, supplementary course books, research monographs, reference works and professional books. Major academic platforms such as Drama Online, the Berg Fashion Library and The Churchill Archive form an important part of its future direction.
Bloomsbury Adult Publishing comprises literary fiction and a wide range of distinguished non-fiction from memoir, biography and history to politics, science, food and sport. Bloomsbury's bestselling and award-winning writers include: Khaled Hosseini, William Boyd, Margaret Atwood, Donna Tartt, Elizabeth Gilbert, Richard Ford, David Guterson, John Irving, Jay McInerney, Ben Schott, Anthony Bourdain, William Dalrymple, Ben Macintyre, Dava Sobel, Mark Kurlansky, Will Self, Chelsea Handler, Heston Blumenthal, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and recent Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson.
Bloomsbury Children's Publishing is well-loved by parents and children alike. From beautiful picture books to the enduring magic of Harry Potter there is something to suit every age or inclination.
The list includes bestselling authors including J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Debi Gliori, Louise Sachar and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Bloomsbury Information publishes online information databases as well as print publications. Key titles includeThe Encarta World English Dictionary, Business: The Ultimate Resource and QFINANCE.com among others. Bloomsbury Information provides management services for Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A holds the world's greatest collection of theatre and performance materials. Objects include stage designs, video recordings, photographs, legal documents, diaries, prints, programmes, newspaper cuttings, archives, books, manuscripts, music sheets, letters, ceramics, puppets, props, instruments and costumes. The department of Theatre & Performance documents the history and practice of all the live performing arts in the UK including drama, dance, musical theatre, puppetry, circus, music-hall and rock and pop.