Classic Drama

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

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French Without Tears

A masterpiece of light comedy from Terence Rattigan, about a group of bright young things attempting to learn French on the Riviera amid myriad distractions.

After the Dance

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

Volpone

Volpone is a Venetian aristocrat, a loveable rogue who enjoys the cunning pursuit of wealth more than money itself. Pretending to be mortally ill, he watches as his greedy neighbours swarm around him with expensive gifts in the hope of inheriting his fortune.

The Devil is an Ass

Ben Jonson's 1616 comedy about a junior demon who persuades his master Satan to let him spend a day in London.

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The Illusion

An enchanting argument for the power of theatrical imagination over reality, The Illusion weaves obsession and caprice, romance and murder, fact and fiction, into an enticing exploration of the greatest illusion of all – love.

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Les Parents Terribles

By Jean Cocteau Translated by Jeremy Sams

Jean Cocteau's frank, ironic, bruisingly melodramatic play dealing with incest and the diseased love from which it stems.

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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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The Hypochondriac

By Molière Translated by Martin Sorrell

Molière's classic farce in a fresh and performable translation. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

The Jew of Malta

Christopher Marlowe's drama of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set on the island of Malta. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

Three Sisters

Chekhov's masterpiece of provincial claustrophobia, translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.

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A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Ibsen's revolutionary tale of a woman's awakening to her need for a life of her own.

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.

      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.

      Peer Gynt

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

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