Classic Drama (pre-1945)

See also: Ancient Classic Drama; 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.

Believe What You Will

A Middle-Eastern leader comes out of hiding, and is hounded from state to state by the forces of the Roman Empire who threaten sanctions and ultimately war on anyone who harbours him.

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Blood Wedding

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

Blood Wedding

García Lorca's blood-soaked story of doomed love, in a version by playwright Tanya Ronder.

Cardenio

Shakespeare's 'lost play' re-imagined

Set in the heat and dust of Andalusia in seventeenth-century Spain, Cardenio is the story of a friendship betrayed, with all the elements of a thriller: disguise, dishonour and deceit.

Celestina

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

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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.

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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 City Madam (RSC edition)

A waspish city comedy attacking the vices of hypocrisy, greed, self-indulgence and social pretension.

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