Classic Drama

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

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Celestina

A pivotal work of European culture, with a character that has inspired artists from Goya to Picasso.

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Cardenio

Shakespeare's 'lost play' re-imagined

Set in the heat and dust of Andalusia in seventeenth-century Spain, Cardenio is the story of a friendship betrayed, with all the elements of a thriller: disguise, dishonour and deceit.

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The Bungler

Translated by Richard Wilbur

An English verse translation of Molière's first great play.

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Blood Wedding & Yerma

García Lorca's two most famous plays translated by two of America's most gifted poets.

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Blood Wedding

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

Blood Wedding

García Lorca's blood-soaked story of doomed love, in a version by playwright Tanya Ronder.

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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The Beggar's Opera

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

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 Bear

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

Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

    Bartholomew Fair

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

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    Bacchae

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

    As You Like It

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

    Arden of Faversham

    By anonymous

    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.

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    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.

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    Antigone

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

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    Antigone

    By Sophocles Translated by Marianne McDonald

    The first great 'resistance' drama - and perhaps the definitive Greek tragedy.

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    Anna Christie & The Emperor Jones: two plays

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