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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

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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...

Arms and the Man

Written by

Bernard Shaw

and

J. P. Wearing

Edited by

J. P. Wearing

~playauthor~Written by~ Bernard Shaw , J. P. Wearing ~playauthor~Edited by~ J. P. Wearing

Methuen Drama, 2008

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

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...Although Arms and the Man derives its title from a translation of Virgil’s phrase ‘arma virumque’ in the Aeneid, it does not reflect the subject or mood of the classical epic poem about mythic heroes waging war. Rather, the play...

Major Barbara

Written by

Bernard Shaw

and

Nicholas Grene

Edited by

Nicholas Grene

~playauthor~Written by~ Bernard Shaw , Nicholas Grene ~playauthor~Edited by~ Nicholas Grene

Methuen Drama, 2008

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (15), Female (5), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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... criticising Shaw for his ‘withering attack’ on the Salvation Army, a claim that Shaw disputed in his later Preface to the play; nevertheless, it was to be one of the series of his plays produced at the Royal Court (along with John Bull’s Other...

The Beaux' Stratagem

Written by

George Farquhar

and

Ann Blake

Edited by

Ann Blake

~playauthor~Written by~ George Farquhar , Ann Blake ~playauthor~Edited by~ Ann Blake

Methuen Drama, 2005

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 13, Roles: Total (16), Female (5), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...The Beaux’ Stratagem (1707) is George Farquhar’s last play: it premiered a month and a half before his untimely death aged 30, at the Queen’s Theatre in Haymarket, a new venue built by dramatist and architect John Vanbrugh on the Western...

The Beggar's Opera

Edited by

David Lindley

and

Vivien Jones

~playauthor~Written by~ John Gay , David Lindley , Vivien Jones ~playauthor~Edited by~ David Lindley , Vivien Jones

Methuen Drama, 2010

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 45, Roles: Total (26), Female (12), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...Gay’s ‘ballad opera’ set in eighteenth-century London’s underworld is at once a vigorous satire on the moral and financial corruption of a fast-growing commercial society, and a groundbreaking piece of theatre. Combining spoken dialogue...

Mundus et Infans

Written by

G.A. Lester

Edited by

G.A. Lester

~playauthor~Written by~ G.A. Lester ~playauthor~Edited by~ G.A. Lester

Methuen Drama, 2002

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Roles: Total (8), Female (1), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...The whole life of a man is staged in Mundus et Infans, as Child grows up into Manhood and succumbs to Folly in an exemplary morality play structure of transgression and redemption. The protagonist’s beginning...

A Woman of No Importance

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, 2004

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Acts: 4, Roles: Total (15), Female (7), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...A Woman of No Importance fuses comedy of manners with high melodrama, a serious protest against Victorian gender inequality ornately framed with perfect witticisms. At Lady Hunstanton’s country house party, the quips...

Bartholmew Fair

~playauthor~Written by~ Ben Jonson , G.R. Hibbard , Alexander Leggatt ~playauthor~Edited by~ G.R. Hibbard , Alexander Leggatt

Methuen Drama, 2007

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 32, Roles: Total (31), Female (8), Male (23), Unassigned (0)

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...Jonson’s exuberant comedy uses the carnival energy of Bartholmew Fair, an actual fair held in a disreputable suburb of London, to dramatize, satirize and celebrate the appetites and comic frailties of the human body...

She Stoops to Conquer

Written by

Oliver Goldsmith

and

James Ogden

Edited by

James Ogden

~playauthor~Written by~ Oliver Goldsmith , James Ogden ~playauthor~Edited by~ James Ogden

Methuen Drama, 2003

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 8, Roles: Total (10), Female (4), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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...Populated by a sweep of brilliant comic characters, She Stoops to Conquer is a spirited comedy of mischief and misunderstanding, as the gallant Marlow mistakes his intended well-born bride for a barmaid. Young Marlow...

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

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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 of the British...