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Classic Drama

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

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An Enemy of the People

Arthur Miller's version of Ibsen's most explosive play.

Strictly Dishonourable and other lost American plays

Edited by Richard Nelson

Four lively dramas from the twenties and thirties evoking a world of gangsters, crooked cops, intrepid newpaper hacks and slightly tarnished damsels in distress.

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Long Day's Journey into Night

A true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

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Strange Interlude

A controversial work of extraordinary power, remarkable length (9 acts), and use of asides to express the characters' unspoken thoughts. An outstanding, somewhat Freudian play from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

The Emperor Jones

An expressionistic chronicle of a black dictator's flight from his oppressed subjects.

    Anna Christie & The Emperor Jones: two plays

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

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    Cyrano de Bergerac

    The nineteenth-century French classic about the swordsman-poet with the nose too large to be taken seriously, in an acclaimed English translation by Anthony Burgess.

    Mourning Becomes Electra

    A trilogy of full-length plays relocating Aeschylus' Oresteia to New England in 1865, just after the end of the American Civil War.

    Three Sisters

    By Anton Chekhov Translated by Paul Schmidt

    A clear, colloquial and accurate translation of Chekhov's play about the Prozorov family's dream of returning from the provinces to an idealised Moscow.

    Peer Gynt

    A fresh translation of one of the last great epics of the nineteenth century.

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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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    Machinal

    A powerful expressionist drama from the 1920s about the dependent status of women in an increasingly mechanised society, based on the true story of Ruth Snyder.

    A Touch of the Poet

    A powerful play tracking the Yankee experience from innocence to corruption, from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

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    The Hairy Ape & All God's Chillun Got Wings

    Two powerful expressionist plays from the early career of one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

    The Hairy Ape

    A nightmarish condemnation of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people.

      All God's Chillun Got Wings

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

        The Rivals

        One of the best-known eighteenth-century comedies of manners, Sheridan's first play, and still his most popular. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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        Medea

        The powerful myth of Medea, who murders her children as revenge for her husband's infidelity. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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