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Granville Barker on Theatre: Selected Essays

Harley Granville Barker

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) was the one of the most brilliant British directors of the first quarter of the 20th century. His plays include Waste, The Voysey Inheritance and The Secret Life. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Colin Chambers

Colin Chambers has been a journalist, an academic and the Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1981-97). With Richard Nelson, he co-wrote Kenneth's First Play and Tynan (both RSC). His books include The Story of Unity Theatre, Peggy and The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre (editor). He is Professor Emeritus at Kingston University, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Richard Nelson (eds)

Richard Nelson is a playwright and director. Plays include The Apple Family Plays, Goodnight Children Everywhere (Olivier Award Best Play), Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination Best Play) and Some Americans Abroad (Olivier nomination Best Comedy). His musicals include James Joyce's The Dead, for which he won a Tony Award. He is an honorary Associate Artist of the RSC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

Short Guides and Biography

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...Granville Barker on Theatre brings together some of the most important critical theatrical writings of Harley Granville Barker, a major figure of 20th-century British theatre. Known as a pioneer of the National Theatre and Repertory...

Agnes Colander - An Attempt at Life  

~playauthor~Written by~ Harley Granville Barker

Methuen Drama, 2018

Modern Plays

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Acts: 3, Roles: Total (6), Female (4), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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... Granville Barker's papers in the British Library a century later. Revised by playwright and librettist Richard Nelson this edition was published to coincide with the world premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath in Spring 2018. ...

Vote by Ballot

~playauthor~Written by~ Harley Granville Barker

Methuen Drama, 1993

World Classics

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Roles: Total (5), Female (1), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...Lord Silverwell, a former MP, has had to vacate his seat in the Commons. What had been a safe seat for generations, now becomes vulnerable, even with Lord Silverwell’s son, Noel, contesting it for the party. Luckily, Lord Silverwell...

Rococo

~playauthor~Written by~ Harley Granville Barker

Methuen Drama, 1993

World Classics

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Roles: Total (6), Female (4), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...A masterful short comic drama from Harley Granville Barker, Rococo is a chamber piece that trains its lens on family conflict, inheritance law and objets d’arts, refracting these issues through the prism of a Rococo vase which has made its...

Waste

~playauthor~Written by~ Harley Granville Barker

Methuen Drama, 1993

World Classics

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Acts: 4, Roles: Total (16), Female (6), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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... until she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic man. Famously banned by the censors in 1907, Harley Granville Barker’s...

The Secret Life

~playauthor~Written by~ Harley Granville Barker

Methuen Drama, 1993

World Classics

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 11, Roles: Total (12), Female (5), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...The Secret Life depicts a world of disillusioned idealists, and demotivated power-brokers, as Granville Barker turns his eye to a subtle analysis of the torpor of the ruling classes struggling to remain purposeful in a Britain that’s been...

The Voysey Inheritance

~playauthor~Written by~ Harley Granville Barker

Methuen Drama, 1993

World Classics

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Acts: 5, Roles: Total (18), Female (8), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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... of an upper-middle-class family was written by Granville Barker, just ten years before the First World War finally sent old values flying. The play was first staged at the Court Theatre, London, in November 1905....
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...In this surprisingly modern psychological portrait, a prosperous Edwardian family is torn apart when young Edward Voysey discovers that his family’s wealth was obtained through three generations of deceit and theft. A captivating study...