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Bajazet  

~playauthor~Written by~ Alan Hollinghurst , Jean Racine

Faber and Faber, 2012

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 36, Roles: Total (7), Female (3), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Bajazet is Racine’s most violent drama; it ends, like Phèdre, with a female character’s on-stage suicide, here the culmination of a vividly described sequence of off-stage murders. The setting, in a claustrophobic space within the harem...

All For Love

Written by

John Dryden

and

N.J. Andrew

Edited by

N.J. Andrew

~playauthor~Written by~ John Dryden , N.J. Andrew ~playauthor~Edited by~ N.J. Andrew

Methuen Drama, 2004

New Mermaids

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 1, Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...All for Love, or The World Well Lost is John Dryden's epic adaptation of the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra into a neo-classical quintet with supporting voices. The play, which the 1678 quarto titlepage claims is ‘Written in Imitation...

Phaedra

Written by

Frank McGuinness

~playauthor~Written by~ Frank McGuinness

Faber and Faber, 2006

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 5, Roles: Total (8), Female (5), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...The King is missing, presumed dead. His warrior son is braced for inheritance but is betrayed by his heart. Phaedra, the tormented Queen, has a terrifying secret that will shake Athens to its core. Based on Euripides...

Marriage A-La Mode

Written by

John Dryden

and

David Crane

Edited by

David Crane

~playauthor~Written by~ John Dryden , David Crane ~playauthor~Edited by~ David Crane

Methuen Drama, 2003

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (14), Female (7), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Half comic and half serious, Marriage A-la-Mode is a spirited study of the trials and passions of love and marriage, and generally considered John Dryden’s finest comedy. The play is set in the Sicilian court, and consists...

Berenice  

~playauthor~Written by~ Alan Hollinghurst , Jean Racine

Faber and Faber, 2012

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 29, Roles: Total (7), Female (2), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...The critical event in Berenice, the death of Titus’ father, the Emperor Vespasian, happens a week before the play opens. Thereafter Titus knows that his separation from Berenice is inevitable. The breaking off of a great love affair...

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century 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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...When General George Monk (1608–1670) negotiated Charles II’s return to England in 1660, the new king brought with him the culture of the continent chief of which, in terms of drama, was French neoclassicism – the belief that plays...

Tartuffe, the Imposter

Written by

John Donnelly

and

Moliere

Adapted by

John Donnelly

From an original work by

Moliere

~playauthor~Written by~ John Donnelly , Moliere ~playauthor~Adapted by~ John Donnelly ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Moliere

Faber and Faber, 2019

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 1, Roles: Total (11), Female (4), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Orgon is the man who has everything. Money, power, a beautiful family. But lately he's been questioning the point of it all. When he invites Tartuffe into his perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction...