NHB Classic Plays

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An Enemy of the People

Arthur Miller's version of Ibsen's most explosive play.

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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

        Three Sisters

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

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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.

        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.

        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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        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.

        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.

        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.

            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.

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