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...Scornful of men and the love they profess for her, Gwendolen Harleth is a beautiful but spoiled young woman, frustrated by her limited options in Victorian England. Daniel Deronda is an intelligent, handsome young man who has been raised...

The Compassionate Courtroom

Sarah Kozinn

Dr Sarah Kozinn is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Theater at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a scholar of law and performance, develops new works for film, TV and the web, and acts professionally in film, theater and television. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Justice Performed : Courtroom TV Shows and the Theaters of Popular Law

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Peter Brennan, phone interview with author, October 9, 2008. The small claim in the end has to be ruled on. But if it's not the broken TV set that is really at the issue, then let's get to what really is. It's very therapeutic...

Comic Manifestos

R.W. Maslen

Dr. Robert Maslen is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow where he specialises in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, especially prose, and twentieth-century fantastic fiction. He has published two monographs, Elizabethan Fictions (1997) and Shakespeare and Comedy (Arden, 2005). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare and Comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2005

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...Uncivil Wars in The Two Gentlemen of Verona Mid-Elizabethan England was a paradise for clowns; there has never been a richer range of comic forms for them to play in. From faithful imitations of Roman New Comedy, bustling...
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...Featuring Steve Carell, Sin is a contemporary morality play about a helicopter traffic reporter who is trying to keep herself above life's messiness. Her soon-to-be-ex-husband is a charming alcoholic, her roommate is a glutton, she...

Everyman

Written by

G.A. Lester

Edited by

G.A. Lester

~playauthor~Written by~ G.A. Lester ~playauthor~Edited by~ G.A. Lester

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

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

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...Death summons a man to the reckoning of his life, and his journey towards judgement makes up the matter of one of the best surviving examples of morality plays. Everyman, the central character of the play, is not a person but a place-holder...

Mankind

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G.A. Lester

Edited by

G.A. Lester

~playauthor~Written by~ G.A. Lester ~playauthor~Edited by~ G.A. Lester

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

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

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...The eponymous character of Mankind is a plain, honest farmer struggling against worldly and spiritual temptation in a morality play that is remarkable for its bawdy and energetic humour. The instructive sermon from the figure of Mercy which...

‘Shakespeare’s Stories’: Prose Narratives and Picture Books

Abigail Rokison

Abigail Rokison is Lecturer in Drama and English in the Education Faculty in Cambridge and Director of Studies in English and Drama at Homerton College, Cambridge, UK. She is Chair of the trustees of the British Shakespeare Association. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare for Young People : Productions, Versions and Adaptations

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare In 1807, Charles and Mary Lamb published Tales from Shakespeare, ‘Designed for the use of young persons’, as an ‘introduction to the study of Shakespeare’ (Lamb and Lamb, 1807, vol. 1, p.iii...

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Volpone: A Critical Guide

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2011

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...This volume aims to explore the detail and complexity of Ben Jonson’s Volpone, one of the finest plays of Shakespeare’s leading contemporary rival.In fact, much of Volpone’s significance is bound up with the fact that it is not written...
...According to academic critics of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, the play is bestial at best. At worst, it is immoral, contemptible, and even blasphemous. In an article in the Ben Jonson Journal (2003), Murray Roston surveyed the distaste...

Adam and Eve

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Steven Berkoff

~playauthor~Written by~ Steven Berkoff

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

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Roles: Total (3), Female (2), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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...'A one-act play is like a confession'. So writes Steven Berkoff in the preface to the collection of his One-Act Plays. In his introduction to the collection, Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama writes: 'It...