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'Tis Pity She’s a Whore
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'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

John Ford
 

The tragic story of incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella.

When Annabella is found to be pregnant by her brother, she agrees to marry her suitor Soranzo. But when the lovers' incestuous secret is discovered, vengeance and bloody murder follow.

Edited and introduced by Lisa Hopkins.



Cast : 4F, 12M
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-169-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
A Woman Killed with Kindness (DC)
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A Woman Killed with Kindness (DC)

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Thomas Heywood (edited by Trevor Griffiths)
 

Heywood's startling domestic thriller written in 1603, A Woman Killed with Kindness strips bare two women's lives - with forensic realism - in one of the first tragedies ever to be written about ordinary people.





Cast : 19M, 3F (doubling required)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-186-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Alchemist, The
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Alchemist, The

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Ben Jonson
 

Face, Subtle and Dol Common are three rogues intent on conning the gullible out of their money. Setting up a quack-doctor's practice in Lovewit's house they promise miraculous services that cost their customers dear. Everything goes swimmingly, until Lovewit returns and the three turn against each other.

Edited by Simon Trussler, with an introduction by Colin Counsell.

Review
'Ben Jonson's comedy of dupes and conmen couldn't be more contemporary.'  Time Out



Cast : 10M, 2F + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-262-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
All for Love
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All for Love

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

John Dryden
 

Dryden's version of the Antony and Cleopatra story, told as a heroic tragedy. Antony and Octavius Caesar are struggling for control of what was to become the Roman Empire. Antony and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, are lovers and political allies, but their forces have been defeated at the battle of Actium. The play is set in Alexandria, under siege by Octavius Caesar.

Edited and introduced Trevor R. Griffiths.




Cast : 6M, 4F (2 children) + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-372-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
All’s Well That Ends Well
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All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare Folios

Shakespeare (Edited by Nick de Somogyi)
 

Another title in the pioneering Shakespeare Folios series—offering the absolute authenticity of the First Folio in a totally accessible form.

This brand new edition accurately reproduces the First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare (1623), but does so in modern type. At a stroke, the dust of ages is blown away and what Shakespeare actually intended is revealed to modern readers. Now Shakespeareans everywhere — students, actors, directors — can see for themselves what the Folio really says.

As a further aid to understanding, on each opposite page, the same text appears but this time in a fully modernised version. This modern edition offers a useful safety net whenever the Folio becomes problematic.

Each volume also contains two introductions — one to the series, one to the particular play — textual notes, an appendix giving variant versions from the Quarto where appropriate, and a facsimile page from the First Folio.

Review
'A quite wonderful idea... So blindingly obvious, I can’t understand why nobody had thought of it before. I will certainly use the texts myself.' Peter Hall



Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-719-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Andromache
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Andromache

Drama Classics: The World's Great Plays at a Great Little Price

Euripides
 

The story of Andromache, widow of the Trojan hero Hector.

Some years after the fall of Troy, Andromache is living as a slave to Neoptolemus, by whom she has a child. When Neoptolemus' fiercely jealous young wife, Hermione, finds she is unable to conceive, she threatens to murder Andromache, and the struggle between the two women turns quickly into a bitter feud.

Translated and introduced by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton.



Cast : 6M, 4F, + chorus & extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-638-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Angels In America Part One: Millennium Approaches
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Angels In America Part One: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner
 
Angels in America is a magnificent epic for our times. Subtitled 'A Gay Fantasia on National Themes', it explores sexual, racial, religious, political and social issues confronting America during the Reagan years, as the AIDS epidemic spreads. 

Prior, visited by ghosts of his ancestors and abandoned by his lover after his diagnosis with AIDS, is wondering if he is still sane when the angels select him to be their prophet. Powerbroker Roy Cohn also has the virus - but he believes that only the powerless can have that particular illness, and so kicks back against his diagnosis.

In the 'melting pot where nothing melted' of modern America, the nation's reaction to the sickness – and its sufferers – is laid bare.

Review
Angels in America is a landmark not just among AIDS plays or gay dramas but in American theatre...It establishes Kushner as the most important American playwright to emerge since David Mamet -  Village Voice

Cast : 6M, 3F, doubling possible
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-156-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
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Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika

Tony Kushner
 

Angels in America is a magnificent epic for our times. Subtitled 'A Gay Fantasia on National Themes', it explores sexual, racial, religious, political and social issues confronting America during the Reagan years, as the AIDS epidemic spreads. Premiered by the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1992, and the National Theatre, London, in 1993.

Part Two: Perestroika picks up the stories of Prior and Cohn from Part One. Prior, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of 'prophet' placed on him by the angels, wishes that they would leave him alone. Cohn, now dying from the virus, continues to manipulate the system from his hospital bed. But who is left to look after them now? And does anyone still care?

With a climax as bittersweet as it is beautiful, we are left wondering who the real angels are in a disparate world.

Review
A vision of America at large, pulsating with energy and appetites in the shadow of history and the sense of oncoming disaster -  Independent on Sunday

Cast : 6M, 3F, doubling possible
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-255-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Angels in America Parts One and Two
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Angels in America Parts One and Two

Tony Kushner
 
Available for the first time in one volume, the two parts of Tony Kushner's masterpiece together constitute ' the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory. In its sweep and imagination, it defines the collapse of a moral universe during the Reagan years in an unforgettable way, transcending its specific time in the richness of its portrait of an America Lost, perhaps to be regained... It's a pretty funny play, too. How we still need it! It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century' - John Heilpern, New York Observer

Featuring: Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika.


Cast : 6M, 3F, (doubling possible)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-982-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Animal Farm
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Animal Farm

Ian Wooldridge, from George Orwell
 

This powerful new dramatisation of Orwell's enduring parable on the perils of totalitarianism remains extremely faithful to the original, retaining both its affection for the animals and the inciciveness of its message. Contains a helpful set of production notes intended for schools and other groups wishing to stage the play.

Review
Dare I say it... as good as the book -  Guardian



Cast : 6-14 actors - male of female
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-789-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ
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