Classic Drama (pre-1945)

See also: Ancient Classic Drama; Drama Classics series.

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After the Dance

Rattigan's brilliant attack on the hedonistic lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s and 30s.

Ah! Wilderness

An affectionate and witty comedy of recollection from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. A family-based saga set in the years just before the First World War.

The Alchemist

Ben Jonson's classic comedy, in a handy pocket edition in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

All for Love

Dryden's 1677 play All for Love is a version of the Antony and Cleopatra story, told as a heroic tragedy.

All God's Chillun Got Wings

An expressionist play about a violently dysfunctional mixed-race marriage, inspired by an old Negro spiritual.

    All's Well That Ends Well

    An edition of Shakespeare's play in the authoritative and accessible Shakespeare Folios series.

    Amphitryon

    Translated by Richard Wilbur

    Molière's Amphitryon is based on a play by Plautus. In Molière's version, Jupiter's love affairs allude to those of the French king.

    Anna Christie

    Eugene O’Neill’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning play about love and forgiveness.

    Anna Christie & The Emperor Jones: two plays

    Two compelling and thought-provoking plays from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

    The Antipodes

    An ingenious satirical comedy, often considered playwright Richard Brome's masterpiece and one of the greatest comedies of the Caroline era, presenting a farcically topsy-turvey view of London in the 1630s.

    Arden of Faversham

    A domestic tragedy about a woman plotting to have her husband murdered, Arden of Faversham was first published in 1592. Its authorship is unknown, although suggestions include Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.

    As You Like It

    An edition of Shakespeare's play that offers the absolute authenticity of the First Folio in a totally accessible form.

    Bartholomew Fair

    Ben Jonson's bawdy Jacobean comedy, in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

    The Bear

    A one-act comic play about a reclusive young widow whose life takes a surprisingly romantic turn.

    Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

      The Beaux Stratagem

      George Farquhar's immortal comedy about two young gentlemen with a misguided plan to get enrich themselves at the expense of a series of young heiresses.

      The Beggar's Opera

      John Gay's bawdy and burlesque pastiche of classical Italian opera, often regarded as the world's first ever musical.

      Believe What You Will

      A Middle-Eastern leader comes out of hiding, and is hounded from state to state by the forces of the Roman Empire who threaten sanctions and ultimately war on anyone who harbours him.

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      Blood Wedding

      García Lorca's passionate, lyrical tale of longing and revenge: a twentieth century masterpiece.