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Our Ajax  

From an original work by

Sophocles

~playauthor~Written by~ Timberlake Wertenbaker , Sophocles ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Sophocles

Faber and Faber, 2013

Faber Drama

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Roles: Total (9), Female (2), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Torn between army politics and the love of his soldiers on the front line, a legendary leader spirals out of control. Inspired by Sophocles’ classical play, Our Ajax draws on interviews with contemporary servicemen...

Battlefield  

~playauthor~Written by~ Peter Brook , Marie-Hélène Estienne

Nick Hern Books, 2017

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Roles: Total (22), Female (3), Male (19), Unassigned (0)

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...Battlefield is a play adapted by Peter Brook and his regular collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne from the Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata and from Jean-Claude Carrière’s play, The Mahabharata, which was originally staged by Brook...

The Orphan of Zhao  

Written by

James Fenton

~playauthor~Written by~ James Fenton

Faber and Faber, 2012

Faber Drama

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Scenes: 26, Roles: Total (17), Female (3), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...In the aftermath of the massacre of a clan, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge unfolds as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his childhood. Sometimes referred to as the Chinese Hamlet and tracing its origins...

Greek Drama

Gary Day

Gary Day recently retired as principal lecturer at De Montfort University, UK, where he taught courses on the history of drama, the eighteenth century, modernism, contemporary drama and contemporary fiction. He is the author of Literary Criticism: A New History (2008) and Modernist Literature: 1890–1950 (2010). He has edited a dozen books, including The Wiley Encyclopaedia of British Eighteenth Century Literature (2015) with Jack Lynch. He has contributed to the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism and to the Oxford Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. He has also been a regular columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Story of Drama : Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Greek tragedy was a product of fifth-century Athens though it did spread to other Greek cities, like Thebes and Corinth, during the fourth century. Comedy had more diverse beginnings. Sixth-century vases from different parts...

Athenian Theatre

Kenneth McLeish

Kenneth McLeish studied Classics and Music at Worcester College, Oxford. Once a full-time translator, author and dramatist, he published extensively including The Good Reading Guide, Shakespeare's People, The Theatre of Aristophanes, Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Myth, The Listener's Guide to Classical Music and Crucial Classics (both with Valerie McLeish) and The Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought (as general editor). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Athens and the origins of drama Forty-six complete plays survive from ancient Greece, between one and five per cent of the total number written. All are by Athenians. The earliest is Aeschylus’ Persians (472), the latest the plays...

Aeschylus

Kenneth McLeish

Kenneth McLeish studied Classics and Music at Worcester College, Oxford. Once a full-time translator, author and dramatist, he published extensively including The Good Reading Guide, Shakespeare's People, The Theatre of Aristophanes, Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Myth, The Listener's Guide to Classical Music and Crucial Classics (both with Valerie McLeish) and The Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought (as general editor). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Life Aeschylus is the earliest world dramatist any of whose works survive. He was born in about 525 BC. His father Euphorion was an aristocrat from Eleusis, a town near Athens which had been independent and prosperous since Minoan times...

The Suppliant Women  

Written by

Aeschylus

and

David Greig

Adapted by

David Greig

~playauthor~Written by~ Aeschylus , David Greig ~playauthor~Adapted by~ David Greig

Faber and Faber, 2017

Faber Drama

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Roles: Total (6), Female (1), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Fifty women board a boat in North Africa. They flee across the Mediterranean, leaving everything behind. They are escaping forced marriage in their home and seeking asylum in Greece. Written 2,500 years ago, The Suppliant...

Andromache

~playauthor~Written by~ Euripides , Marianne McDonald , J. Michael Walton ~playauthor~Translated by~ Marianne McDonald , J. Michael Walton

Nick Hern Books, 2001

Drama Classics

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Roles: Total (11), Female (5), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Euripides' Andromache is an Athenian tragedy dramatising Andromache's life as a slave, years after the events of the Trojan War, and her conflict with her master's new wife, Hermione. It was probably written during the early years...

Chronology

Kenneth McLeish

Kenneth McLeish studied Classics and Music at Worcester College, Oxford. Once a full-time translator, author and dramatist, he published extensively including The Good Reading Guide, Shakespeare's People, The Theatre of Aristophanes, Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Myth, The Listener's Guide to Classical Music and Crucial Classics (both with Valerie McLeish) and The Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought (as general editor). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...c. 534Thespis first presents tragedies?525/4Aeschylus born c. 500Pericles born?496Sophocles born490First Persian invasion: Battle of Marathon486First comic dramas at the City Dionysia484Aeschylus wins his first first...

Roman Drama

Gary Day

Gary Day recently retired as principal lecturer at De Montfort University, UK, where he taught courses on the history of drama, the eighteenth century, modernism, contemporary drama and contemporary fiction. He is the author of Literary Criticism: A New History (2008) and Modernist Literature: 1890–1950 (2010). He has edited a dozen books, including The Wiley Encyclopaedia of British Eighteenth Century Literature (2015) with Jack Lynch. He has contributed to the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism and to the Oxford Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. He has also been a regular columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Story of Drama : Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...One of the problems in discussing Roman drama is that so little of it survives. We have the tragedies of Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) and the comedies of Plautus (c. 254–c. 184 BCE) and Terence (c. 186–159 BCE) but that’s all. Of the other...