• 101 Greatest Plays from Antiquity to the Present
    101 Greatest Plays from Antiquity to the Present
    ISBN: 9781783350315
    Title: 101 Greatest Plays from Antiquity to the Present
    Author: BILLINGTON MICHAEL

    Having surveyed post-war British drama in "State of the Nation," Michael Billington now looks at the global picture. In this provocative and challenging new book, he offers his highly personal selection of the 101 greatest plays ranging from the Greeks to the present-day.
    But his book is no mere list. Billington justifies his choices in extended essays and even occasional dialogues that put the plays in context, explain their significance and trace their performance history. In the end, it's a book that poses an infinite number of questions. What makes a great play? Does the definition change with time and circumstance? Or are certain common factors visible down the ages? It's safe to say that it's a book that, in revising the accepted canon, is bound to stimulate passionate argument and debate.
    Everyone will have strong views on Billington's chosen hundred and one and will be inspired to make their own selections. But, coming from Britain's longest-serving theatre critic, these essays are the product of a lifetime spent watching and reading plays and record the adventures of a soul amongst masterpieces."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
    All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
    ISBN: 9781108490399
    Title: All the Sonnets of Shakespeare
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM

    How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works
    Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works
    ISBN: 9781474296366
    Title: Arden Shakespeare Third Series Complete Works
    Author: THOMPSON ANN (ED)

    This new Complete Works marks the completion of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series and includes the complete plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading international scholars. New to this edition are the 'apocryphal' plays, part-written by Shakespeare- Double Falsehood, Sir Thomas More and King Edward III. The anthology is unique in giving all three extant texts of Hamlet from Shakespeare's time- the first and second Quarto texts of 1603 and 1604-5, and the first Folio text of 1623. The volume has a general introduction, short contextual introductions to the texts, a glossary and a bibliography to aid understanding and study.
    The works include-
    Shakespeare's Sonnets
    A Lover's Complaint
    Venus and Adonis
    Lucrece
    The Passionate Pilgrim
    The Phoenix and the Turtle
    All's Well that Ends Well
    Antony and Cleopatra
    As You Like It
    The Comedy of Errors
    Coriolanus
    Cymbeline
    Double Falsehood
    Hamlet- Second Quarto
    Hamlet- First Quarto
    Hamlet- First Folio
    Julius Caesar
    King Edward III
    King Henry IV, Part 1
    King Henry IV, Part 2
    King Henry V
    King Henry VI, Part 1
    King Henry VI, Part 2
    King Henry VI, Part 3
    King Henry VIII
    King John
    King Lear
    King Richard II
    King Richard III
    Love's Labour's Lost
    Macbeth
    Measure for Measure
    The Merchant of Venice
    The Merry Wives of Windsor
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Much Ado About Nothing
    Othello
    Pericles
    Romeo and Juliet
    Sir Thomas More
    The Taming of the Shrew
    The Tempest
    Timon of Athens
    Titus Andronicus
    Troilus and Cressida
    Twelfth Night
    The Two Gentlemen of Verona
    The Two Noble Kinsmen
    The Winter's Tale

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Director Prepares Seven Essays on Art & Theatre
    Director Prepares Seven Essays on Art & Theatre
    ISBN: 9780415238328
    Title: Director Prepares Seven Essays on Art & Theatre
    Author: BOGART ANNE


    A Director Prepares is a thought-provoking examination of the challenges of making theatre. In it, Anne Bogart speaks candidly and with wisdom of the courage required to create 'art with great presence'.
    Each chapter tackles one of the seven major areas Bogart has identified as both potential partner and potential obstacle to art-making. They are Violence; Memory; Terror; Eroticism; Stereotype; Embarrassment; and Resistance. Each one can be used to generate extraordinary creative energy, if we know how to use it.
    A Director Prepares offers every practitioner an extraordinary insight into the creative process. It is a handbook, Bible and manifesto, all in one. No other book on the art of theatre comes even close to offering this much understanding, experience and inspiration.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $132.00
    $132.00
  • 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • How the Classics Made Shakespeare
    How the Classics Made Shakespeare
    ISBN: 9780691210148
    Title: How the Classics Made Shakespeare
    Author: BATE JONATHAN


    From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination


    Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having small Latin and less Greek. But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book that combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • 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.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Kristian Fredrikson: Designer
    Kristian Fredrikson: Designer
    ISBN: 9781925556506
    Title: Kristian Fredrikson: Designer
    Author: POTTER MICHELLE

    Multi-discipline designer Kristian Fredrikson was an extraordinary influence in Australian Dance, Opera and Drama.

    His collaborations with Graeme Murphy saw scenes of unleashed imagination, breathtaking beauty and impeccable craftsmanship, pulsing with human emotion. Memories of Kristian's sets and costumes for Sheherazade, Daphnis and Chloe, An Evening, The Selfish Giant, After Venice, Late Afternoon of a Faun, King Roger, Beauty and the Beast and later stagings of Poppy, are his legacy to us all.

    This book examines the life and career of acclaimed designer for the theatre, Kristian Fredrikson (1940-2005). Fredrikson worked across theatrical genres including in theatre, dance, opera, and film and television.

    Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Fredrikson began his design career working with a small, amateur operetta company in Wellington. He then went on to establish a major, five decade-long career in Australia, returning to New Zealand on occasions to design for opera and ballet.

    During the 1970s Fredrikson worked extensively with Melbourne Theatre Company where he met the then-emerging Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy. This was to be a turning point in his life and in 1979 he made his first work for Murphy's Sydney Dance Company, a mysterious and exotic Sheherazade. Those years were also when he began an association with the Australian Opera, which included a production of Lucrezia Borgia in which Dame Joan Sutherland sang the lead.

    In the 1980s, Fredrikson was persuaded to return to New Zealand to design works for Royal New Zealand Ballet.

    It was the ballet he admired above all and the book examines two New Zealand productions, two Australian ones, and one (his final work) in Houston, Texas. 'I was willing to die for my art,' Fredrikson said. And he did, while the Houston Swan Lake still in preparation.

    Kristian is a recipient of four Erik Design Awards and won prestigious Green Room Awards for After Venice (Sydney Dance Company - 1985), King Roger (1991), Turandot (1991), The Nutcracker (1992), Salome (1993), Swan Lake (2002) and an AFI award for Undercover. Kristian also received a Penguin Award for The Shiralee (1988). In 1999 Kristian received the Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Leopoldstadt
    Leopoldstadt
    ISBN: 9780571359059
    Title: Leopoldstadt
    Author: STOPPARD TOM

    Tom Stoppard's new play is a passionate drama of love and endurance, an intimate play with an epic sweep, the story of a family who made good.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)
    Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)
    ISBN: 9781411479883
    Title: Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)
    Author: SPARKNOTES

    Read MACBETH in graphic-novel form--with NO FEAR
    NOW IN COLOR

    Based on the No Fear Shakespeare translations, this dynamic graphic novel--now with color added--is impossible to put down. The illustrations are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teens.

    Includes:
    - An illustrated cast of characters
    - A helpful plot summary
    - Illustrations that show the reader exactly what's happening in each scene--making the plot and characters clear and easy to follow


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00

    $35.00
  • 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
    $22.00
  • 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
  • Paradise
    Paradise
    ISBN: 9781529045260
    Title: Paradise
    Author: TEMPEST KATE

    Lyricist, novelist, poet and playwright Kate Tempest will make her National Theatre debut in June with Paradise, a potent and dynamic reimagining of the Greek classic Philoctetes by Sophocles. Once comrades, now enemies after Odysseus abandoned Philoctetes to suffer a terrible wound alone, Odysseus is prepared to use any means necessary to get the shell-shocked Philoctetes back to the front and win the Trojan war. Directed by Ian Rickson with Lesley Sharp leading a large ensemble all woman cast.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • 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
    $16.00
  • 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
    $23.00
  • 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
  • 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00