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...In 17th Century Sicily, a clever valet named Mascarille tries to help his boss Lélie win the girl of his dreams -- only to find that Lélie is a monumental dunce who ruins every one of his intricate schemes. Undaunted, Mascarille invents...
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...Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, shrewish Katherina?  Stage director: Toby Frow. Screen director: Ross MacGibbon...
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...‘Come on, and kiss me, Kate’ In a reimagined 1590, society is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son Katherine to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story...
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...Year of Release: 2016 Courtship or conquest? The breakdown of a defiant spirit or a breakthrough that liberates a heart deprived of love? The Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy will stir your emotions...

New Directions

The Tempest : A Critical Reader

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2014

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...Taking a transnational approach to the modern and contemporary novel has revitalized narrative studies; taking the same approach to early modern drama may yet reinvent the field. Commedia dell’arte in particular, by virtue of its emphasis...

The Servant of Two Masters

Translated by

Stephen Mulrine

~playauthor~Written by~ Carlo Goldoni , Stephen Mulrine ~playauthor~Translated by~ Stephen Mulrine

Nick Hern Books, 2012

Drama Classics

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (14), Female (3), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters (Il servitore di due padroni) is a classic Italian comedy in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, focussing on the attempts of the resourceful and ever-hungry Truffaldino to serve two different...

2 The Main Dramatic Territories

Jacques Lecoq

Jacques Lecoq (b. Paris, 1921) was an actor, mime and acting instructor. His physical theatre and movement methods, taught at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, made him famous throughout the world. An early interest in gymnastics made him very attuned to the movement of the body, an understanding he adapted to his teaching practices. As an actor he performed with Dario Fo in Italy. As a teacher he was widely regarded as a master in his field, and his school remains an unrivalled centre for the art of physical theatre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Moving Body : Teaching creative theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Melodrama Grand emotions Melodrama made its first appearance at the school in 1974 in response to a question which preoccupied me greatly at the time: ‘Why is it that when a person says something he...

Ancient Times to 1800: “Playgoers, I Bid You Welcome!”

John Kenrick

John Kenrick combines a passion for entertainment history with the practical know-how earned working on stage productions at every level from amateur to Broadway. This New York native pulls back the curtain and introduces audiences and students to the fascinating people behind show business legends. Every month, his website Musicals101.com introduces thousands of visitors to the history of stage and screen musicals. He has appeared on PBS, Biography, BBC TV and radio, National Public Radio and the Travel Channel. John currently teaches at the New School University and New York University’s Steinhardt School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Musical Theatre : A History

A Giniger Book published in association with Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Theatre is a communal activity where one or more people act out a story for an audience. Musical theatre can trace its roots back to prehistoric religious rituals. These ceremonies involved costumes, makeup, props, choreography—and music...

The Taming of the Shrew (Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

Edited by

Barbara Hodgdon

~playauthor~Written by~ William Shakespeare , Barbara Hodgdon ~playauthor~Edited by~ Barbara Hodgdon

The Arden Shakespeare, 2010

The Arden Shakespeare Third Series

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 14, Roles: Total (28), Female (4), Male (24), Unassigned (0)

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...The story of a ‘shrewish’ woman who is roughly courted and subjugated by her husband cannot fail to be controversial, and often disturbing. The Taming of the Shrew has been considered a portrait of the trials of marriage, a love story...

Turandot or The Whitewashers' Congress

Written by

Bertolt Brecht

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Tom Kuhn

Translated by

Tom Kuhn

~playauthor~Written by~ Bertolt Brecht , Tom Kuhn ~playauthor~Translated by~ Tom Kuhn

Methuen Drama, 2004

World Classics

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Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (56), Female (24), Male (32), Unassigned (0)

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...Based on the story of Turandot, a story that had been previously been adapted by Carlo Gozzi as a commedia dell'arte piece; by Friedrich Schiller as a stage play and by Giacomo Puccini as an opera, tells the story of the emperor's daughter...