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...This acclaimed WWII psychological courtroom drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain’s sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent...
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...Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it....
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...The Revolutionary War serves as the backdrop for this brilliant satire penned by Bernard Shaw. Self-professed ‘devil's disciple’ Dick Dudgeon (Mike Gwilym) -- who long ago scorned the piety and traditional values of his mother (Elizabeth...
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...Shaw stands “do or die” melodrama on its head in this tale set during the American Revolution. A young hero who disdains heroism makes the ultimate sacrifice for honor and country. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring...

Wonderland

Written by

Beth Steel

~playauthor~Written by~ Beth Steel

Faber and Faber, 2014

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 29, Roles: Total (18), Female (0), Male (18), Unassigned (0)

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...The Midlands, 1984. Two young lads are about to learn what it is to be a miner, to be accepted into the close camaraderie and initiated into a unique workplace where sweat, toil, collapsing roofs and explosions are all to be met with bawdy...

55 Days

Written by

Howard Brenton

~playauthor~Written by~ Howard Brenton

Nick Hern Books, 2012

Playtext

Acts: 2, Scenes: 23, Roles: Total (21), Female (2), Male (19), Unassigned (0)

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...Howard Brenton's 55 Days is a historical drama set at the culmination of the English Civil War when the future, not only of the King, but of the nation itself is decided. The play was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, on 18...

Image of an Unknown Young Woman  

Written by

Elinor Cook

~playauthor~Written by~ Elinor Cook

Nick Hern Books, 2015

Playtext

Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (9), Female (6), Male (3), Unassigned (0)

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...Elinor Cook's Image of an Unknown Young Woman is a play about the power of the visual image to focus and incite protest in a country where the authorities will do anything to suppress it. The play was first performed at the Gate Theatre...

Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten

Written by

J. Nicole Brooks

~playauthor~Written by~ J. Nicole Brooks

Methuen Drama, 2012

Play Anthologies

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (21), Female (3), Male (18), Unassigned (0)

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...In Black Diamond (2007), J. Nicole Brooks interrogates contemporary connections and discontinuities between the Africans in Liberia and African Americans in the United States. Set in 1999, the play opens in the middle of the second Liberian...
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...Richard Dreyfuss, Kelsey Grammer and Stacy Keach star in one of Shakespeare's most revered tragedies. The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Julius Caesar of approaching doom. As conspiracy swirls...

King Richard III: Language and Writing

Rebecca Lemon

Rebecca Lemon is associate professor of English at the University of Southern California, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2018

Short Guides and Biography

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...A new type of study aid which combines lively critical insight with practical guidance on the critical writings skills students need to develop in order to engage fully with Shakespeare’s texts. The book’s core focus is on language: both...