Classic Drama (pre-1945)

See also: Ancient Classic Drama; Drama Classics series.

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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.

      After the Dance

      Rattigan's brilliant attack on the hedonistic lifestyle of the ‘bright young things’ of the 1920s and 30s.

      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.

      The Devil is an Ass

      Ben Jonson's 1616 comedy about a junior demon who persuades his master Satan to let him spend a day in London.

      The Illusion

      An enchanting argument for the power of theatrical imagination over reality, The Illusion weaves obsession and caprice, romance and murder, fact and fiction, into an enticing exploration of the greatest illusion of all – love.

      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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      The Rivals

      One of the best-known eighteenth-century comedies of manners, Sheridan's first play, and still his most popular. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

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      The Hypochondriac

      By Molière Translated by Martin Sorrell

      Molière's classic farce in a fresh and performable translation. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

      The Jew of Malta

      Christopher Marlowe's drama of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set on the island of Malta. In the Nick Hern Books Drama Classics series.

      Three Sisters

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

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