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A Florentine Tragedy

Written by

Oscar Wilde

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde

Methuen Drama, 1988

World Classics

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

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... Written in 1894, A Florentine Tragedy exists only as a fragment, often accompanied for the purposes of presentation by an opening scene commissioned from the Irish poet Thomas Sturge Moore by Robert Ross, Wilde's literary executor. Only Oscar Wilde's work is presented here....

Salomé

Written by

Oscar Wilde

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde

Methuen Drama, 1988

World Classics

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Roles: Total (14), Female (2), Male (12), Unassigned (0)

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... allowing it to remain accessible to realists. Wilde wrote Salomé in French in 1891 while residing in Paris, where it also debuted in early 1896. It was later adapted into an operatic version by Richard Strauss, which...

La Sainte Courtisane

Written by

Oscar Wilde

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde

Methuen Drama, 1988

World Classics

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

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... in English Wilde may have had it in mind for the French theatre. The paradox of a female sinner converting a righteous male rarely fails to attract an audience and has been used by many other writers notably Somerset Maugham.'...

Vera, or The Nihilists

Written by

Oscar Wilde

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde

Methuen Drama, 1988

World Classics

Playtext

Acts: 4, Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (18), Female (1), Male (17), Unassigned (0)

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...Vera, or the Nihilists is an early play by Oscar Wilde. Written in 1880, some twelve years before his first major theatrical success with Lady Windermere's Fan, it is a tragic melodrama which takes as its heroine a fictionalized version...

The Duchess of Padua

Written by

Oscar Wilde

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde

Methuen Drama, 1988

World Classics

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 5, Roles: Total (12), Female (2), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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... The play ends in further bloodshed, with the double suicide of the lovers. The Duchess of Padua, written in 1883, is Oscar Wilde's second play. Written for, but ultimately rejected by, the American actress Mary Anderson, it finally premiered anonymously at the Broadway Theatre in New York....
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... exploration of adultery results in a sparkling, satirical critique of society, and of the hypocrisy that lurks behind the etiquette and perfect epigrams. Credits: Director: Tony Smith; Producer: Louis Marks; Playwright: Oscar Wilde; Designer: Don...

Lady Windermere's Fan

Written by

Oscar Wilde

and

Ian Small

Edited by

Ian Small

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde , Ian Small ~playauthor~Edited by~ Ian Small

Methuen Drama, 2002

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 4, Roles: Total (16), Female (9), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...With its author's trademark wit, social satire and outrageous paradox, Wilde’s play shows us the destructiveness of gossip and superficial judgement, and examines the ambiguous sexual morality and gender politics at the heart...
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... also seems eerily prescient, as it explores the plight of a promising young politician, desperate to hide a secret in his past. With empathy and wit, Wilde explores the pitfalls of holding public figures to higher standards than the rest...

The Importance of Being Earnest

Written by

Oscar Wilde

and

Russell Jackson

Edited by

Russell Jackson

~playauthor~Written by~ Oscar Wilde , Russell Jackson ~playauthor~Edited by~ Russell Jackson

Methuen Drama, 1988

New Mermaids

Playtext

Acts: 3, Roles: Total (9), Female (4), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is presented here in the New Mermaids series, complete with its scholarly annotation and context. Wilde’s ‘trivial play for serious people’, a sparkling comedy of manners,...
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...This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think...