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...Age recommendation: 12+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 15th September, 2011. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his...
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...The Liar by Pierre Corneille, translated by Richard Wilbur. Directed by Martin Jarvis. In this classic farce, a young man pretends to be a war hero to impress a pretty girl. As his lies progress, so do his troubles – with hilarious results....

“I Like Plays that Have Revelations in the Moment, Where Emotions Transform Almost Inexplicably”

Amy Muse

Amy Muse is associate professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl

Methuen Drama, 2018

Books

...100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write is Sarah Ruhl’s theory of theatre masquerading as a series of vignettes. The essays speak to the reader as moments of being where the playwright turns her attention to us to share a thought, air...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 29th March, 2012. Hardcastle, a man of substance, looks forward to acquainting his daughter with his old pal's son, with a view to marriage. But thanks to playboy Lumpkin...

Habeas Corpus  

Written by

Alan Bennett

~playauthor~Written by~ Alan Bennett

Faber and Faber, 2014

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (11), Female (5), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...‘After two elegiac comedies about the decline of old England, Mr Bennett has now written a gorgeously vulgar but densely plotted farce that is a downright celebration of sex and the human body... a combination of hurtling action with verbal...
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...You Never Can Tell was originally born out of a bet that Shaw couldn’t write a “seaside comedy” (a popular theatrical genre at that time). The result is perhaps the most surprising of Shaw’s plays, complete with marital mayhem, tangled...

A Flea in Her Ear

Translated by

Kenneth McLeish

~playauthor~Written by~ Georges Feydeau , Kenneth McLeish ~playauthor~Translated by~ Kenneth McLeish

Nick Hern Books, 2001

Drama Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (15), Female (6), Male (9), Unassigned (0)

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...Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear (La puce à l’oreille) is a classic French farce, first performed at the Théâtre des Nouveautés in Paris on 2 March 1907. Stephen Mulrine, in his introduction to this translation...
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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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...A gallery of friends, lovers, relatives and theatre acolytes sparkle around stage star Garry Essendine like bubbles in fine champagne. While Garry struggles to plan his upcoming trip to Africa, his elegant London flat is invaded by a love...

Smelling a Rat

Written by

Mike Leigh

~playauthor~Written by~ Mike Leigh

Nick Hern Books, 1996

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (5), Female (2), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Smelling a Rat is a black comedy drama from playwright and filmmaker Mike Leigh, which he memorably described as an ‘anti-farce’. Rex Weasel, owner of the Vermination Pest Control Company, has returned home from holiday...