Classic Drama

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

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The Government Inspector

A classic satire of provincial bureaucracy, in an English translation by Stephen Mulrine. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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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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Woyzeck

One of the most performed and influential plays in German theatre, a modern classic that remains frighteningly relevant today. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

Ubu

The Ubu Plays: King Ubu, Cuckold Ubu & Slave Ubu

By Alfred Jarry Translated by Kenneth McLeish

Alfred Jarry's trilogy of plays about the comically grotesque character of Pa Ubu, satirising power, greed, and bourgeois pretension.

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The Changeling

Middleton and Rowley's masterpiece, a tale of murder, lust, seduction and blackmail in the seventeenth century.

The Seagull

Chekhov's early tragedy, translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.

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 Way of the World

A classic comedy of manners from the Restoration period. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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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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Miss Julie

Strindberg's classic naturalistic play, translated and introduced by Kenneth McLeish. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

The Playboy of the Western World

J.M. Synge's extraordinary play about a young man on the run, and his unexpected elevation to folk hero. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

The Duchess of Malfi

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

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's undying comedy – in an edition to fit any handbag.

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The Country Wife

A classically bawdy Restoration Comedy, widely regarded as one of the filthiest and funniest plays ever written.

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.

An Italian Straw Hat

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

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The Revenger's Tragedy

A Jacobean tale of personal vengeance in a morally bankrupt world. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

Doctor Faustus

The classic story of the learned Doctor Faustus who sells his soul to the devil.

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