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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

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'
The Times

The Arden Shakespeare is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and has set the highest standard in Shakespeare editions since the First Series was launched in 1899. The Third Series was launched in 1995 to meet the changing needs of students, scholars, and theatre practitioners, who want a richer understanding of Shakespeare's work. Third Series editions focus on the play as a performance as well as literary text and provide a student-friendly, modernized version of the text with full, explanatory commentaries on every page and substantial critical introductions.

View Arden editors in conversation:
Arden Shakespeare General Editors explain the value Arden texts give as the key to a richer understanding of Shakespeare's work:

Nick Hern Books

Nick Hern Books is a leading theatre publisher and performing rights agent, with over a thousand plays and theatre books in print. Founded in June 1988 as an imprint of Walker Books, with full independence following in 1993, the company has established an enviable list of plays by some of the foremost playwrights of our times, including Howard BrentonJez ButterworthCaryl ChurchillDavid EdgarHelen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPhersonRona MunroEnda Walsh and Nicholas Wright. More recent additions to the list include plays by Mike BartlettAlecky BlytheAlexi Kaye CampbellVivienne Franzmanndebbie tucker greenElla HicksonLucy Kirkwood, Bruce NorrisNina RaineJack Thorne and Tom Wells

NHB also publishes many classic plays in modern translations by leading dramatists including Richard EyreKenneth McLeishStephen Mulrine and Mike Poulton, alongside definitive editions of the works of Terence Rattigan and Eugene O'Neill.

L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works' Audio PlaysCollection is the largest library of its kind in the world. Titles by Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde and Sophocles rub shoulders with contemporary classics by David Mamet, Yasmina Reza, and Tom Stoppard as well as newer voices, including Jon Robin Baitz, Kenneth Lonergan, Rebecca Gilman, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Julie Marie Myatt, and Lydia Diamond. L.A. Theatre Works' audio productions have received awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Writers Guild of America, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Audio Publishers Association, among others.

World class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays. L.A. Theatre Work’s distinguished company of actors has included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen,John Lithgow, Annette Benning, Hilary Swank, Anne Heche, Ed Asner, Alfred Molina, Marsha Mason, Jason Ritter, David Straithairn, Jobeth Williams, Paul Giamatti, Neil Patrick Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, and Julie Harris, among hundreds of others.

The American Shakespeare Center

The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theatre, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.

The American Shakespeare Center—through its performances, theatres, exhibitions, and educational programs—seeks to make Shakespeare, the joys of theatre and language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all. By re-creating Renaissance conditions of performance, the ASC explores its repertory of plays for a better understanding of these great works and of the human theatrical enterprise past, present, and future.

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre, Globe Exhibition &Tour and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance. Shakespeare's Globe welcomes visitors from all over the world to view productions, take part in workshops,lectures and staged readings alongside an ever expanding programme of public events,school and university courses.

Globe Theatre stage productions are recorded live on the Globe stage in high definition and surround sound. The films feature critically acclaimed performances from leading actors including Mark Rylance,Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV. The collection will be updated with future productions.

Stage on Screen

Stage on Screen is dedicated to capturing the experience of watching live theatre and making it widely available to students and teachers alike. From October 2015 films of Stage on Screen’s critically acclaimed and visually stunning stage productions will be available for streaming through Drama Online.  The four key set drama and literature texts are: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Volpone by Ben Jonson.

Stage on Screen’s productions are filmed using 16:9 high definition video and 5:1 surround sound and are recorded in front of a live audience at The Greenwich Theatre, London. The plays are directed, designed and performed by talented and experienced theatre professionals with lists of credits from major companies such as The National Theatre, The Globe and the RSC, and from the worlds of film and television.

Hamlet the Film

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Margaret Williams, the film version of the ground-breaking and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, stars BAFTA-nominated actor Maxine Peake in the title role. The production played to sell-out audiences throughout its run and was the Royal Exchange’s fastest selling show in a decade. Hamlet received four-and five-star reviews across the board:

“Delicately ferocious.”  The Observer

“Intimate and intense.”  The Times

“Compelling.”  The Independent

“A milestone Hamlet.” Manchester Evening News

Shakespeare in the Present

Shakespeare in the Present is a six hour acting masterclass with international coach, Patsy Rodenburg who is this generation's premiere teacher of voice. Voted one of the top 15 most powerful people in the UK theatre and awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE), Patsy has worked with the world's leading actors,politicians, and business executives. She is Head of Voice at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, teaches at Michael Howard Studios, and has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Royal Court Theatre. Patsy is the author of “Speaking Shakespeare,” The SecondCircle,” and other noteworthy books on acting and voice.

“The best thing you can possibly have is a class with Patsy.”  Dame Judi Dench

“Patsy Rodenburg wants to free your voice so that you can express yourself fully and honestly.” Sir Ian McKellen

“Patsy Rodenburg peaks of Shakespeare with the casual familiarity of someone who has devoted a lifetime to the idea that modernizing his plays does not depend on clever contemporary settings or winking political allusions, but on speaking each word with absolute clarity and immediacy.” New York Times

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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 include The 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.