NHB Classic Plays

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Faust: Parts I & II

A two-part version of Goethe's great work, retaining the mighty scope, linguistic daring and philosophical intricacy of the original.

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The Machine Wreckers

By Ernst Toller Translated by Ashley Dukes

A classic of German expressionism by an active revolutionary who was also an accomplished poet and playwright.

The Importance of Being Earnest

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

Desire Under the Elms

A story of greed, yearning and murder with incest and infanticide, and edged with echoes of Ancient Greek tragedy within a New England farming family.

    The Great God Brown

    A demonstration of O'Neill's expressionistic experimentation with masks to emphasise the distinction between characters, and the lack of understanding in human relationships.

      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.

      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.

      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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      Three Sisters (Drama Classics)

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

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      Medea (Drama Classics)

      The powerful myth of Medea, who murders her children as revenge for her husband's infidelity. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

      A Doll's House (Drama Classic)

      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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      All God's Chillun Got Wings

      An expressionist play about a violently dysfunctional mixed-race marriage, inspired by an old Negro spiritual.

        The Hairy Ape

        A nightmarish condemnation of the dehumanising effects of industrialisation on the American people.

          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.

          Cyrano de Bergerac

          The nineteenth-century French classic about the swordsman-poet with the nose too large to be taken seriously, in an acclaimed English translation by Anthony Burgess.

          Strange Interlude

          A controversial work of extraordinary power, remarkable length (9 acts), and use of asides to express the characters' unspoken thoughts. An outstanding, somewhat Freudian play from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

          The Emperor Jones

          An expressionistic chronicle of a black dictator's flight from his oppressed subjects.