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...In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor...
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...Cyrano is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents whose whimsical aptitude for the spoken word is overshadowed by an attribute that is iconic, outrageous and gigantic—his nose. How can the curiously-snouted Cyrano ever hope to win...
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...Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora’s well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen...

‘Honour, decorum, prudence’: the novel and its reputation

Deborah Cartmell

Deborah Cartmell is Professor of English, De Montfort University, UK. Her recent publications include Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-3, Teaching Adaptations, ed. and A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation. She is co-editor and founder of the international journals, Adaptation and Shakespeare and series editor of the Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screen Adaptations Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice : The Relationship between Text and Film

Methuen Drama, 2010

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...The quality of Austen’s writing is usefully summarised by Lady Catherine de Bourgh in her pronouncement on how Elizabeth ought to behave: with ‘honour, decorum, prudence’ and it has long been the norm to read Austen adaptations...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 28th June, 2010. Grace has agreed to marry Sir Harcourt in return for his financial support of her family. At a house party in her father's place, Harcourt's son Charles also...
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...Hywel Bennett, Alan Badel, Nigel Hawthorne and John Gielgud star in Sheridan's clever farce on the pretensions of the theatrical world. The Critic: or, a Tragedy Rehearsed is a political and literary satire, following in the vein of George...

The Enchanted Isle

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The popular theatre’s obsession with sensational ‘true’ stories may be broadly compared to modern television’s and tabloid journalism’s love of real-life drama. Then as now, crime was a favourite subject and melodramas such as Sweeney Todd...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ (occasional swearing) Recorded through National Theatre Live on 8th December, 2015 as a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic. Born into a life of struggle, the spirited Jane Eyre tackles life's obstacles head...

The Factory Lad

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The Factory Lad is a melodrama that would like to be a revenge tragedy. Its simple plot is broken across a social dilemma concerning the disintegration of the old, feudal, agricultural-based relationship between master and servant and its...
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...The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems...