Drama Classics series

The world's great plays at a great little price

Each pocket-sized volume contains:

  • a full introduction
  • an author biography
  • notes on historical and theatrical context
  • a plot synopsis
  • key dates
  • a further reading list
  • a glossary of unusual words and phrases (English-language texts)

The texts are presented uncut (with the exception of Faust, which is adapted for staging in a single evening) and uncluttered with footnotes; the translations are accurate and actable.

See also Drama Classic Collections.

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The Alchemist

Ben Jonson's classic comedy, in a handy pocket edition in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

All for Love

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


The story of Andromache, widow of the Trojan hero Hector. In the Drama Classics series.

Antigone (Drama Classics)

By Sophocles Translated by Marianne McDonald

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


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

Bartholomew Fair

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

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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 Beggar's Opera

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

Blood Wedding (Drama Classic)

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


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

The Changeling

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

A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

A delightfully lewd city comedy by the co-author of The Changeling.

The Cherry Orchard (Drama Classic)

Chekhov's classic tragicomedy, translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.

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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The Country Wife

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

Cuckold Ubu

A sequel to King Ubu, Alfred Jarry's surreal and hilarious satire of power, greed, and bourgeois pretension. Cuckold Ubu continues the adventures of Pa Ubu.

Published in volume Ubu (The Ubu Plays)

    The Dance of Death (Drama Classic)

    Strindberg's chilling anatomy of a marriage, in which the two partners duel with each other until one is utterly defeated.

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    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.