Antonin Artaud: The Man and His Work

    By Martin Esslin

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    The influence of Antonin Artaud on the contemporary theatre has only become evident since the early Sixties, although writers and directors have been directly or indirectly influenced by his thinking and innovations for many years. Today his pre-eminence as a founder of modern theatrical style is ri…

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    The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs

    By Simone Benmussa

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    Set in a big Dublin hotel of the mid-nineteenth century, The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs is a total theatre creation. In it, we discover that Albert, the perfect waiter – who never drinks, smokes or flirts with the chambermaids – is in fact a woman who once dressed as a man to avoid poverty and is…

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    The Lulu Plays

    By Frank Wedekind

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    Two of Wedekind’s most seminal plays, Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box both focus on the actions of the young heroine Lulu, who embodies both animal sensuality and waif-like innocence, as she escapes a life on the streets, receives a society education, marries, takes on various lovers, becomes a dance…

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    Plays: Vol 1

    By Georg Kaiser

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    These five plays provide an excellent introduction to Kaiser’s vision of the regeneration of man, which he illustrated in his works by a total paring down of detail, penetrating to the core of the matter and revealing man’s true potential. In From Morning to Midnight the cashier, downtrodden victim…

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    Plays: Vol 2

    By Georg Kaiser

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    This second volume of plays by Georg Kaiser contains five plays ranging from his early work through the time of his prolific maturity in the 1920s to his last period as an exile in Switzerland, where he died in 1945. David and Goliath is set in Denmark and deals with the power of money over men. The…

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    Spring Awakening

    By Frank Wedekind

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    Spring Awakening is set in a small German town in the 1890s where adolescent boys and girls grope their way towards knowledge and maturity against the blocks set up by parents and teachers in the name of “morality”. Melchior, fearless in his pursuit of the truth, manages to retain his freedom of spi…

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    Plays: Vol 1

    By Luigi Pirandello

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    Preoccupied with the nature of truth and delusion, and treading dangerously on the borderline between sanity and madness, Pirandello’s plays are a daring exploration of human actions and the dark motives lying behind them, and the culmination of the naturalistic school of theatre inaugurated by auth…

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    Four Plays

    By Copi

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    This collection brings together four of Copi’s best-known works for stage: Eva Perón, The Homosexual, The Four Twins and Loretta Strong. Set on the borderline of reality and delirium, and featuring such charismatic icons as Eva Perón and Greta Garbo, they are imbued with Copi’s trademark racy wit an…

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    Boris Godunov and Little Tragedies

    By Alexander Pushkin

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    A drama of ambition, murder, remorse and retribution, Boris Godunov charts the decline of a Russian statesman, whose dynastic aims were foiled by a guilty past and an audacious upstart. Based on history and inspired by Shakespeare, Alexander Pushkin’s daring masterwork is presented here in its rarel…

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    The Theatre and Its Double

    By Antonin Artaud

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    First published in 1938, The Theatre and Its Double is a collection of essays detailing Antonin Artaud’s radical theories on drama and theatre, which he saw as being stifled by conservatism and lack of experimentation. Containing the famous manifestos of the ‘Theatre of Cruelty’, the collection anal…

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    The Plays

    By Anton Chekhov

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    The most widely staged dramatist after Shakespeare, Chekhov left a deep mark both on the development of Russian literature and world theatre, with plays that were remarkable not just for their dialogue but their atmosphere and the tensions expressed between the lines. Collected in this volume are Ch…

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