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The Misanthrope

Written by

Moliere

and

Stephen Mulrine

Translated by

Stephen Mulrine

~playauthor~Written by~ Moliere , Stephen Mulrine ~playauthor~Translated by~ Stephen Mulrine

Nick Hern Books, 2005

Drama Classics

Playtext

Acts: 5, Roles: Total (11), Female (3), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...Arguably one of Molière’s best-known and most loved plays, The Misanthrope is a classic comedy that satirises the hypocrisies of French aristocratic society. Alceste, the misanthrope, hates all mankind and despairs of its...

Scapino

Written by

Moliere

~playauthor~Written by~ Moliere

Nick Hern Books, 2005

Drama Classics

Playtext

Acts: 3, Scenes: 27, Roles: Total (11), Female (3), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Molière’s three-act farce was first staged at the Palais-Royal in Paris in 1671. Scapino, or the Trickster, is an archetypal figure used in commedia dell’arte, a theatre practice originating in Italy whose name can be roughly translated...

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

Books

...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...

English and Irish Classics

Buzz Buzz! : Playwrights, Actors and Directors at the National Theatre

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2008

Books

...Virtue under siege Matthew Warchus shares his ideas about Ben Jonson and Volpone Ben Jonson’s classic comedy is essentially a play about greed, about the extraordinary lengths people will go...

Educating Agnes

Written by

Liz Lochhead

and

Moliere

From an original work by

Moliere

~playauthor~Written by~ Liz Lochhead , Moliere ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Moliere

Nick Hern Books, 2008

Playtext

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

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...Liz Lochhead's Educating Agnes is a Scots-inflected adaptation of Molière’s classic comedy The School for Wives (L’Ecole des Femmes). It was first performed by Theatre Babel at Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow, on 25 April...

The Hypochondriac

Written by

Moliere

and

Martin Sorrell

Translated by

Martin Sorrell

~playauthor~Written by~ Moliere , Martin Sorrell ~playauthor~Translated by~ Martin Sorrell

Nick Hern Books, 1994

Drama Classics

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 35, Roles: Total (12), Female (4), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...The Hypochondriac is a comédie-ballet, a genre of French drama mixing spoken scenes with interludes of music and dance. It would turn out to be Molière’s last play. Ironically, he collapsed onstage during his fourth performance in the lead...

The Recruiting Officer

Edited by

Tiffany Stern

~playauthor~Written by~ George Farquhar , Tiffany Stern ~playauthor~Edited by~ Tiffany Stern

Methuen Drama, 2011

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (18), Female (4), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...Farquhar’s warm-hearted comedy combines satire and bonhomie to depict the army’s exploitation of sex, money, law and class in a provincial town. The dashing Captain Plume, a recruiting officer for the Grenadiers, and his...

Pilgrims

Written by

Elinor Cook

~playauthor~Written by~ Elinor Cook

Nick Hern Books, 2016

Playtext

Scenes: 14, Roles: Total (3), Female (1), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...Elinor Cook's Pilgrims is a play about adventure, betrayal, and man's impulse to conquer the world. It premiered at HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh, on 8 September 2016, before transferring to The Yard Theatre, London, on 20 September...

The Relapse

Written by

John Vanbrugh

and

Bernard Harris

Edited by

Bernard Harris

~playauthor~Written by~ John Vanbrugh , Bernard Harris ~playauthor~Edited by~ Bernard Harris

Methuen Drama, 1987

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 24, Roles: Total (14), Female (4), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Vanbrugh’s vivacious study of characters is an ironic sequel to Colley Cibber’s Love’s Last Shift and contains many of the same characters and themes. While in Cibber’s play the hedonistic rake, Loveless, ultimately...

The Country Wife

Edited by

James Ogden

~playauthor~Written by~ William Wycherley , James Ogden ~playauthor~Edited by~ James Ogden

Methuen Drama, 2003

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 14, Roles: Total (15), Female (7), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...A satirical comedy focused on the vices and hypocrisies of Restoration London, The Country Wife has been admired as a farce, condemned as immoral or frivolous, and praised as a sharp and sophisticated drama. Wycherley...