NHB Classic Plays

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The Seagull

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

Sejanus: His Fall

A gripping historical tragedy, set in the time of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, about a man ruthlessly working his way to the top, destroying everyone in his path.

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Slave Ubu

The third and final part of The Ubu Plays, Alfred Jarry's surreal and hilarious satire of power, greed, and bourgeois pretension. Slave Ubu concludes the adventures of Pa Ubu.

Published in volume Ubu

    Spring Awakening

    Frank Wedekind's famously banned German play about adolescent sexuality.

    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.

    Swansong

    A comic duologue about a melancholy old actor perked up by memories of past glories.

    Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

      Thomas More

      The incendiary story of Henry VIII's chancellor, Sir Thomas More, executed for failing to arrange Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

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      Three Sisters

      Nicholas Wright's version of Chekhov's masterpiece, in which four young people are left stranded in a provincial backwater following the death of their father.

      Three Sisters

      Cordelia Lynn's version of Chekhov's play, about three sisters trapped in a provincial town, waiting for their lives to begin.

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      Three Sisters

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

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      Thyestes

      By Seneca Translated by Caryl Churchill

      Atreus, Agamemnon's father, takes revenge on his brother Thyestes by murdering Thyestes' sons and serving their flesh up for their father's dinner.

      'Tis Pity She's a Whore

      A classic tragedy of incestuous love between brother and sister. Published in the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

      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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      A Tragic Figure

      A comic duologue about a civil servant sweltering in Moscow coping with the incessant demands of his family from their summer dacha.

      Published in volume Chekhov: Shorts

        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.

        Uncle Vanya

        Conor McPherson's stunning adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece, a portrayal of life at the turn of the twentieth century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions.

        Uncle Vanya

        Chekhov's great play about an elderly professor whose plans to sell off his rural estate threaten the livelihoods of those who have worked tirelessly to keep the estate going.

        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.