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A Dream Play

Adapted by

Caryl Churchill

From an original work by

August Strindberg

~playauthor~Written by~ August Strindberg , Caryl Churchill ~playauthor~Adapted by~ Caryl Churchill ~playauthor~From an original work by~ August Strindberg

Nick Hern Books, 2005

NHB Classic Plays

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Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (36), Female (10), Male (25), Unassigned (0)

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...Caryl Churchill's version of August Strindberg's 1901 drama A Dream Play was written for the director Katie Mitchell, based on a literal translation of the Swedish original by Charlotte Barslund. It was first performed, with additional...

Brecht and German Socialism 1942–1956 (California-Berlin, GDR)

Brecht on Art and Politics

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Introduction to Part Five In the poem ‘To those born later’ Brecht memorably describes his life’s journey through the ‘wars of the classes’ in the first half of the twentieth century (Poems, p. 320). His understanding of the origins...

Rejection, 1926–39 and Beyond

James Moran

James Moran is Head of Drama in the School of English Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Seán O’Casey

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The Silver Tassie (Published 1928) The play is set during the First World War, and the first act begins in familiar O’Casey territory: the domestic apartments of Dublin. The lusty Harry Heegan enters, borne aloft by cheering...

Realism and Formalism 1938-1940 (Denmark-Sweden-Finland)

Brecht on Art and Politics

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Introduction to Part Four As we saw in Part Two, by the early 1930s Brecht had begun to develop aesthetic categories anticipating his later theory of Verfremdung. Similarly, he had also formulated the core precepts in his critique...

Woyzeck

Written by

Georg Buchner

and

Gregory Motton

Translated by

Gregory Motton

~playauthor~Written by~ Georg Buchner , Gregory Motton ~playauthor~Translated by~ Gregory Motton

Nick Hern Books, 1996

Drama Classics

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Scenes: 24, Roles: Total (26), Female (5), Male (21), Unassigned (0)

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...Georg Buchner's play Woyzeck is one of the most performed and influential plays in German theatre. Based on a real-life murder trial that took place in Germany in the 1820s, the play was written in 1837, but left incomplete at the author...

Art and Culture

Stephen Unwin

Stephen Unwin read English at Cambridge, where he directed many student productions, including an award-winning production of Measure for Measure that transferred to the Almeida, where he was awarded an Arts Council Trainee Director's Bursary. For much of the 1980s, he was Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and several of his productions transferred to London theatres. In the early 1990s, he became Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. In 1993, Stephen founded English Touring Theatre, where he directed twenty productions, many of which were seen at the Old Vic, the Donmar, the Lyric Hammersmith and others. He stepped down from ETT in 2008 after fifteen years at the helm, and joined the Rose Theatre, Kingston as Artistic Director. His many books include The Pocket Guide to Shakespeare's Plays; So You Want to be a Theatre Director?; The Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht (Methuen Drama) and The Well Read Play. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2005

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...The upheavals of the first half of the twentieth century drove German artists and intellectuals into a profound re-examination of the fundamental values of art itself. Brecht was one of the key figures in this process, and his views on art...

Brecht and Expressionism

John Willett

John Willett (1917–2002) was the greatest English language authority on Brecht the writer and man of the theatre. The foremost translator and editor of Brecht’s drama, poetry, letters, diaries, theatrical essays and fiction, Willett produced a dozen volumes for Methuen Drama on the greatest modern German writer. –This text refers to the Digital edition. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Brecht in Context : Comparative Approaches

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1998

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...There are still parts of the world – the Soviet Union being till recently one of them – where Brecht is treated as an Expressionist and the term ‘Expressionist’ is used to some extent in a pejorative sense. Whatever one may think about...

In the Jungle of Cities

Translated by

Gerhard Nellhaus

~playauthor~Written by~ Bertolt Brecht , Gerhard Nellhaus ~playauthor~Translated by~ Gerhard Nellhaus

Methuen Drama, 1994

World Classics

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Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (17), Female (4), Male (13), Unassigned (0)

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...When lumber dealer Shlink meets book clerk George Garga, they immediately conceive an irrational hatred for each other and declare war between themselves. Their fighting engulfs and eventually destroys their families and the people around...

Spring Awakening

Written by

Frank Wedekind

and

Edward Bond

Translated by

Edward Bond

~playauthor~Written by~ Frank Wedekind , Edward Bond ~playauthor~Translated by~ Edward Bond

Methuen Drama, 2012

Student Editions

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 19, Roles: Total (37), Female (7), Male (30), Unassigned (0)

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...Spring Awakening is a classic but still startling play, addressing adolescent sexuality at a time when sexual oppression and ignorance made puberty a confusing and terrifying mystery. Notorious for its supposed...