Classic Drama (pre-1945)

See also: Ancient Classic Drama; Drama Classics series.

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An Enemy of the People

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

Long Day's Journey into Night

A true modern classic from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers.

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.

    Mourning Becomes Electra

    A trilogy of full-length plays relocating Aeschylus' Oresteia to New England in 1865, just after the end of the American Civil War.

    Three Sisters

    By Anton Chekhov Translated by Paul Schmidt

    Paul Schmidt's clear, colloquial and accurate translation of the story of the Prozorov family's dream of returning from the provinces to an idealised Moscow.

    Peer Gynt

    By turns comic, tragic, lyrical and fantastic, the play is an allegory for the eponymous character's search for complete fulfilment, from the fjords of Norway to the deserts of Africa and back.

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    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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    The Hairy Ape

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

      All God's Chillun Got Wings

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