• Actor Prepares
    Actor Prepares
    ISBN: 9781780938431
    Title: Actor Prepares
    Author: STANISLAVSKY KONSTANTIN

    Stanislavski's 'system' or interpretations of it - has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen. A classic text, this work has stood the test of time as an inspirational guide for actors all over the world and was the original English language translation.


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    Price: $22.00
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  • As If by Chance
    As If by Chance
    ISBN: 9780571357796
    Title: As If by Chance
    Author: LAN DAVID


    A family day at the beach. There's a song, an argument, a dash across the white sand and into the high rolling waves. We're in Cape Town and David Lan is ten years old.


    Cut to 1969 and, visiting London fresh out of high school, he interviews theatre luminaries Sybil Thorndike, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Nunn, Paul Schofield before heading home to join the South African army.


    Now it's 1999. We're at the Young Vic where David is interviewed to be artistic director, a job he'd do for eighteen years, ensuring its flowering into a great world theatre. There's a redesign to be imagined, money to be raised, shows to be staged. And when the doors reopen in 2006 we meet the extraordinary artists he draws in: Ivo Van Hove, Jude Law, Richard Jones, Gillian Anderson, Patrice Chereau, Katie Mitchell, Stephen Daldry, the Isango Ensemble, Yerma, The Jungle, The Inheritance.


    We travel to Peter Brook's Paris, to Iceland in pursuit of a circus Romeo and Juliet, to Lithuania in search of his great grandparents, to a refugee camp in Congo with Joe Wright and Chiwetel Ejiofor, to Broadway for the Tony Awards. There's spirit mediums in the Zambezi Valley, Chekhov's Yalta, Luc Bondy's Vienna, making a BBC film in Angola, rehearsing a new play in Israel/Palestine.


    Along the way, memories constantly rise to the surface: the Royal Court in the 70s and 90s, school plays, his parents' complicated marriage. Woven through it all is his decades long relationship with playwright Nicholas Wright.


    At times hilarious and always deeply felt, David Lan's deft travels evoke a wildly varied life in theatre as well as a unique theatre of life.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
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  • Hamlet
    Hamlet
    ISBN: 9781472518385
    Title: Hamlet
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM

    Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness from overwhelming grief to seething rage and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

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  • Hamlet: Globe to Globe Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play
    Hamlet: Globe to Globe Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play
    ISBN: 9781782116929
    Title: Hamlet: Globe to Globe Two Years, 193,000 Miles, 197 Countries, One Play
    Author: DROMGOOLE DOMINIC

    NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017In the middle of the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp, Dominic Dromgoole watches from the makeshift wings as Hamlet delivers one of his celebrated soliloquies. Four years earlier, Dromgoole, the Artistic Director of the Globe, had come up with a wildly ambitious idea . . . to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by taking his most famous play to every country on the planet.Over two full years, Dromgoole and the Globe players toured all seven continents performing Hamlet in sweltering deserts, grand Baltic palaces and heaving marketplaces - despite food poisoning in Mexico, the threat of ambush in Somaliland, an Ebola epidemic in West Africa and political upheaval in Ukraine.Hamlet: Globe to Globe tells the fascinating story of this unprecedented theatrical adventure in which Dromgoole shows us the world through the prism of Shakespeare's universal drama. We see what the Danish prince means to the students of Cambodia, the effect of Polonius on the citizens of the tiny African nation of Djibouti and how a sixteenth-century play can touch the lives of Syrian refugees. Shakespeare's timeless power to transcend borders, to touch the human heart, and to bring the world closer together, has rarely been demonstrated in such a bold and brilliant way.

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    Price: $25.00
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  • Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One & Two the Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
    Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One & Two the Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
    ISBN: 9780751565362
    Title: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One & Two the Official Playscript of the Original West End Production
    Author: ROWLING J.K. & TIFFANY JOHN & THORNE JACK


    The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


    It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.


    While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.


    The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.


    This revised paperback edition updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.



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  • Harry Potter & the Cursed Child: the Journey Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
    Harry Potter & the Cursed Child: the Journey Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
    ISBN: 9780751576108
    Title: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child: the Journey Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Stage Production
    Author: HARRY POTTER PRODUCTIONS

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most celebrated stage productions of the past decade. Opening in London's West End in 2016, on Broadway in 2018 and in Melbourne in 2019 - and with more productions worldwide still to come (including San Francisco later this year) - the play has smashed records, collected countless rave reviews and awards, and captivated audiences night after night. Now readers are invited behind the scenes to experience the show's journey to the stage - from the earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne, and to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors together to bring this new part of Harry's story to life.

    With stunning photography, insightful interviews and never-before-seen sketches, notes, candid backstage photos and more, this full-colour deluxe edition offers readers unparalleled access to this unique production, and is a beautiful gift for Harry Potter fans and theatre-lovers alike.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays
    Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays
    ISBN: 9781509827848
    Title: Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays
    Author: WILDE OSCAR

    Oscar Fingal O'Flaherty Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He studied at Trinity College Dublin and then at Magdalen College Oxford where he started the cult of 'Aestheticism'. He published several books of stories ostensibly for children and one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891).Wilde's first success as a playwright was with Lady Windemere's Fan in 1892. He followed this with A Woman of No Importance , An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest , all performed on the London stage. Wilde lost a libel suit against the man who exposed his homosexual relationship and was sentenced to two year's imprisonment. He fled to France after his release where he died in 1900.


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    Price: $15.00
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  • Impro: Improvisation & the Theatre
    Impro: Improvisation & the Theatre
    ISBN: 9781350069039
    Title: Impro: Improvisation & the Theatre
    Author: JOHNSTONE KEITH

    In this landmark work Keith Johnstone provides a revelatory guide to rediscovering and unlocking the imagination. Admired for its clarity and zest, Impro lays bare the techniques and exercises used to foster spontaneity and narrative skill for actors. These techniques and exercises were evolved in the actors' studio, when he was Associate Director of the Royal Court and then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers called The Theatre Machine.
    Divided into four sections, 'Status', 'Spontaneity', 'Narrative Skills' and 'Masks and Trance', arranged more or less in the order a group might approach them, the book sets out the specific approaches which Johnstone has himself found most useful and most stimulating. The result is a fascinating exploration of the nature of spontaneous creativity.
    'If teachers were honoured in the British theatre along-side directors, designers and playwrights, Keith Johnstone would be as familiar a name as are those of . . . Jocelyn Herbert, Edward Bond and other young talents who were drawn to the great lodestone of the Royal Court Theatre in the late 1950s. As head of the script department, Johnstone played a crucial part in the development of the 'writers' theatre.' Irving Wardle

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • King Lear
    King Lear
    ISBN: 9781903436592
    Title: King Lear
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM

    'By far the best edition of King Lear - in respect of both textual and other matters - that we now have.' John Lyon, English Language Notes 'This volume is a treasure-trove of precise information and stimulating comments on practically every aspect of the Lear-universe. I knowof no other edition which I would recommend with such confidence: to students, professional colleagues and also the 'educated public'.' Dieter Mehl, Shakespeare Jahrbuch, vol 134

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind #5 Shakespeare's Personalities Series
    Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind #5 Shakespeare's Personalities Series
    ISBN: 9781501164262
    Title: Macbeth: A Dagger of the Mind #5 Shakespeare's Personalities Series
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD

    From Harold Bloom, the greatest Shakespeare scholar of our time, comes a portrait of Macbeth, one of William Shakespeare's most complex and compelling anti-heroes--the final volume in a series of five short books about the great playwright's most significant personalities: Falstaff, Cleopatra, Lear, Iago, and Macbeth.

    From the ambitious and mad titular character to his devilish wife Lady Macbeth to the mysterious Three Witches, Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's more brilliantly populated plays and remains among the most widely read. Macbeth is a distinguished warrior hero, who over the course of the play, transforms into a brutal, murderous villain and pays an extraordinary price for committing an evil act. A man consumed with ambition and self-doubt, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most vital meditations on the dangerous corners of the human imagination.

    Award-winning writer and beloved professor Harold Bloom investigates Macbeth's unthinkable actions with razor-sharp insight, agility, and compassion. He also writes about his shifting understanding--over the course of his own lifetime--of this endlessly compelling figure.

    "Acclaimed critic Bloom once again plumbs the depths of a Shakespeare play to reveal new insights that]...will shift the reader's perceptions of a literary classic" (Publishers Weekly). "A lingering and deeply curious, even troubled, look at the titular character in the legendary play...this clear, concise, empathetic" (Kirkus Reviews) volume delivers that kind of exhilarating intimacy and clarity in Macbeth, the final book in an essential series.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $29.00

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  • Merchant of Venice Large Print Edition
    Merchant of Venice Large Print Edition
    ISBN: 9781699114698
    Title: Merchant of Venice Large Print Edition
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM

    The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. The text may seem anti-Semitic; yet repeatedly, in performance, it has revealed a contrasting nature. Shylock, though vanquished in the law-court, often triumphs in the theatre. In his intensity he can dominate the play, challenging abrasively its romantic and lyrical affirmations. What results is a bitter-sweet drama. Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice. Thus Shakespeare remains our contemporary.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
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  • Movie Musical!
    Movie Musical!
    ISBN: 9781101874066
    Title: Movie Musical!
    Author: BASINGER JEANINE

    Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical--in the most telling, most incisive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her long and remarkable career.
    From Fred Astaire, whom she adores, to La La Land, which she deplores, Basinger examines a dazzling array of stars, strategies, talents, and innovations in the history of musical cinema. Whether analyzing a classic Gene Kelly routine, relishing a Nelson-Jeanette operetta, or touting a dynamic hip hop number (in the underrated Idlewild), she is a canny and charismatic guide to the many ways that song and dance have been seen--and heard--on film.
    With extensive portraits of everyone from Al Jolson, the Jazz Singer; to Doris Day, whose iconic sunniness has overshadowed her dramatic talents; from Deanna Durbin, that lovable teen-star of the '30s and '40s; to Shirley T. and Judy G.; from Bing to Frank to Elvis; from Ann Miller to Ann-Margret; from Disney to Chicago . . . focusing on many beloved, iconic films (Top Hat; Singin' in the Rain; Meet Me in St. Louis; The Sound of Music) as well as unduly obscure gems (Eddie Cantor's Whoopee!; Murder at the Vanities; Sun Valley Serenade; One from the Heart), this book is astute, informative, and pure pleasure to read.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • Richard III
    Richard III
    ISBN: 9781903436899
    Title: Richard III
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM


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  • Romeo & Juliet: Pelican Shakespeare
    Romeo & Juliet: Pelican Shakespeare
    ISBN: 9780143128571
    Title: Romeo & Juliet: Pelican Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM

    The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With stunning new covers, definitive texts, and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.

    This edition of Romeo and Juliet is edited with an introduction by Peter Holland.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
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  • Shakespeare & the Folktale: An Anthology of Stories
    Shakespeare & the Folktale: An Anthology of Stories
    ISBN: 9780691190860
    Title: Shakespeare & the Folktale: An Anthology of Stories
    Author: ARTESE CHARLOTTE

    Shakespeare knew a good story when he heard one, and he wasn't afraid to borrow from what he heard or read, especially traditional folktales. The Merchant of Venice, for example, draws from "A Pound of Flesh," while King Lear begins in the same way as "Love Like Salt," with a king asking his three daughters how much they love him, then banishing the youngest when her cryptic reply displeases him. This unique anthology presents more than forty versions of folktales related to eight Shakespeare plays: The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, The Merchant of Venice, All's Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Cymbeline, and The Tempest. These fascinating and diverse tales come from Europe, the Middle East, India, the Caribbean, and South America, and include stories by Gerald of Wales, Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Giambattista Basile, J. M. Synge, Zora Neale Hurston, Italo Calvino, and many more. Organized by play, each chapter includes a brief introduction discussing the intriguing connections between the play and the gathered folktales. Shakespeare and the Folktale can be read for the pure pleasure these lively tales give as much as for the insight into Shakespeare's plays they provide.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Shakespeare Biographic
    Shakespeare Biographic
    ISBN: 9781781452912
    Title: Shakespeare Biographic
    Author: CROOT VIV


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
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  • Shakespeare on Toast
    Shakespeare on Toast
    ISBN: 9781785780301
    Title: Shakespeare on Toast
    Author: CRYSTAL BEN

    Actor, producer and director Ben Crystal revisits his acclaimed book on Shakespeare for the 400th anniversary of his death, updating and adding three new chapters. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of the Bard, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama. The bright words and colourful characters of the greatest hack writer are brought brilliantly to life, sweeping cobwebs from the Bard - his language, his life, his world, his sounds, his craft. Crystal reveals man and work as relevant, accessible and alive - and, astonishingly, finds Shakespeare's own voice amid the poetry. Whether you're studying Shakespeare for the first time or you've never set foot near one of his plays but have always wanted to, this book smashes down the walls that have been built up around this untouchable literary figure. Told in five fascinating Acts, this is quick, easy and good for you. Just like beans on toast.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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  • Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction
    Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction
    ISBN: 9780198723356
    Title: Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introduction
    Author: VAN ES BART

    FromThe Two Gentlemen of Verona in the early 1590s toThe Two Noble Kinsmen at the end of his career around 1614, Shakespeare wrote at least eighteen plays that can be called 'comedies': a far higher number than that for any other genre in which he wrote. So what is a Shakespearean comedy?We associate these plays with such themes as mistaken identities, happy marriages, and exuberant cross dressing, but how representative are these of the oeuvre as a whole?In thisVery Short Introduction, Bart van Es explores the full range of the playwright's comic writing, from the neat classical plotting of early works likeThe Comedy of Errors to the corrupt world of the so-called problem plays, written in the middle years of Shakespeare's life. ExaminingShakespeare's influences and sources, van Es compares his plays to those of his rivals, and looks at the history of the plays in performance, from the biographies of Shakespeare's original actors to the plays' endless reinvention in modern stage productions and in films. Identifying the keyqualities that make Shakespearean comedy distinctive, van Es traces the changing nature of Shakespeare's comic writing over the course of a career that spanned nearly a quarter century of theatrical change.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
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  • This is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright
    This is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright
    ISBN: 9780241361634
    Title: This is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright
    Author: SMITH EMMA

    Is this Shakespeare? Well, sort of.

    But it doesn't really tell us the whole truth. So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant, deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws. This electrifying new book thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare's plays and their changing topicality. It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry- who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex. It takes us into a world of politicking and copy-catting, as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day; flirting with and skirting round the cut-throat issues of succession politics, religious upheaval and technological change. The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward questions rather than offering bland answers, always implicating us in working out what it might mean.

    Thisis Shakespeare. And he needs your attention.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Under Milk Wood: the Definitive Edition
    Under Milk Wood: the Definitive Edition
    ISBN: 9781780227245
    Title: Under Milk Wood: the Definitive Edition
    Author: THOMAS DYLAN


    Under Milk Wood is the masterpiece radio play for voices Dylan Thomas finished just before his death in 1953. First commissioned by the BBC and broadcast in 1954, it has been performed and celebrated by Anthony Hopkins, Richard Burton, Elton John, Tom Jones, Catherine Zeta Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O Toole, and many others. In Under Milk Wood, Thomas gave fullest expression to his sense of the magnificent flavor and variety of life. A moving and hilarious account of a spring day in a small Welsh town, the play begins with dreams and ghosts before dawn and closes as the rain of dusk brings on the bawdy night.


    This new edition contains the definitive version of the play, edited by the noted Dylan Thomas scholars Walford Davies and Ralph Maud, with an in-depth introduction by Davies as well as extensive and helpful textual and explanatory notes.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Wasted
    Wasted
    ISBN: 9781408185766
    Title: Wasted
    Author: TEMPEST KATE


    I'm making a decision. I'm changing things. This is it.
    Three old friends in their mid-twenties. One remarkable day. For Ted, Danny and Charlotte, it's time to seize control. Make a difference. Change things. This is it.


    A day trip through the parks and raves and cafes of South London, where life is what you make it. The rapid fire words of Kate Tempest paint a picture of lives less ordinary in an unforgiving world, sound-tracked by an exhilarating score.


    The drama mixes rap-style poetry delivered with microphones and self-reflexive addresses to the audience.


    A play about love, life and losing your mind, and the first play from one of the UK's most exciting performance poets, Kate Tempest.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • Women of Troy
    Women of Troy
    ISBN: 9781408103869
    Title: Women of Troy
    Author: EURIPIDES & TAYLOR DON (TRANS)


    An industrial port of a war-torn city. Women survivors wait to be shipped abroad. Officials come and go. A grandmother, once Queen, watches as her remaining family are taken from her one by one. The city burns around them.


    Euripides' great anti-war tragedy is published in Don Taylor's translation to coincide with the National Theatre's production directed by Katie Mitchell in the Lyttelton auditorium.


    This edition of the play features an introduction by the translator setting the play in its historical and dramaturgical context.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00