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Classic Drama

This section contains titles labelled Classic Drama (pre-1945) and Ancient Classic Drama.

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Fantasio and other plays

Four plays by the great French Romantic poet Alfred de Musset (1810-57) in accomplished modern translations by American theatre practitioners.

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A muscular version of Sophocles' timeless masterpiece, offering a profound reflection on the nature of power, democracy and human rights.

The City Madam (RSC edition)

A waspish city comedy attacking the vices of hypocrisy, greed, self-indulgence and social pretension.

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Much Ado About Nothing (West End edition)

A consummate romantic comedy that dramatises the battle of the sexes with a dazzling display of Shakespeare's wit and wordplay.

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The Duchess of Malfi

The macabre Jacobean tragedy, in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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The Machine Wreckers

By Ernst Toller Translated by Ashley Dukes

A classic of German expressionism by an active revolutionary who was also an accomplished poet and playwright.

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Mary Stuart

Schiller's grand historical tragedy, a battle of wits between Mary Queen of Scots and her captor, Queen Elizabeth I.

An Italian Straw Hat

A classic 19th-century French farce, in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

John Gabriel Borkman (National Theatre version)

Nicholas Wright's sensitive version of Ibsen's late play, about a family brought low by the disgrace and imprisonment of its patriarch.

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Pirandello's ingenious detective story about a young woman who is hounded by the press after the death of a child in her care..

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The Master Builder

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Ibsen's study of the corrosive effects of a guilty conscience. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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The Learned Ladies

By Molière Translated by A.R. Waller

Molière's satire of intellectual snobbery, in a translation first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Published in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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A Mad World, My Masters

A masterly satire of London society at the turn of the 17th century, abounding with Middleton's craft and wit.

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Edward II

The political tragedy of a King who indulges his passion and renounces his duties, and ultimately pays the price for forsaking his country.

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The Cherry Orchard

Chekhov's classic tragicomedy, translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.

Children of the Sun

By Maxim Gorky Translated by Stephen Mulrine

A Chekhovian family drama, first staged in Russia in 1905.

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Uncle Vanya

Chekhov's great play about an elderly professor whose plans to sell off his rural estate threaten the livelihoods of those who have worked tirelessly to keep the estate going.

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She Stoops to Conquer

The best-loved English comedy of the 18th century, a lighthearted farce full of entanglements and misunderstandings, all set over the course of single, eventful night. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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