Classic Drama

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

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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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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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An Ideal Husband

The Rolls-Royce of English comedies, exploring corruption and morality, and bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home.

The Rover

A classic Restoration comedy by one of the earliest and most celebrated female playwrights. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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The House of Bernarda Alba

García Lorca's drama about the shattering effects of emotional repression on a family of cloistered daughters, in a version by playwright Rona Munro for the critically acclaimed Shared Experience Theatre Company.

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Peer Gynt

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Ibsen's mighty epic, by turns fantastic and tragic, based on the Norwegian fairy tale Per Gynt. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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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The Devil's Charter

A Jacobean tragedy narrating the sensational history of the Borgias.

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The Custom of the Country

A 17th-century play tracing the fortunes of two brothers shipwrecked in a foreign land.

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Oedipus

By Sophocles Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Two plays, Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonos, telling the story of the mythical Greek king of Thebes.

All for Love

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

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.

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The School for Scandal

A classic comedy of manners, ridiculing affectation and pretentiousness. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

Bacchae

The story of revenge by the half-man, half-god Dionysos on Pentheus, King of Thebes, and all his people.

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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Life is a Dream

A masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age, in an English version by John Clifford.

The Honest Whore

A passionate tale of paternal disapproval and sexual deceit, following the lives of a princess and a whore.

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