Classic Drama (pre-1945)

See also: Ancient Classic Drama; Drama Classics series.

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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.

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 (Drama Classics)

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

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A Doll's House (Drama Classic)

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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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.

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.

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.

Ah! Wilderness

An affectionate and witty comedy of recollection from one of the twentieth century's most significant writers. A family-based saga set in the years just before the First World War.