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Canterbury Tales
$23.63 ex GST
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Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer, adapted by Mike Poulton
 

A landmark dramatisation for the Royal Shakespeare Company of one of the foundation stones of English literature.

This two-play adaptation of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales encompasses all 23 stories. All the famous characters are here – as well as many less well-known but equally full of life. Each of the stories has its own style – heroic verse for the Knight's Tale, vernacular rhymes for the Miller's Tale etc. – echoing the many narrative voices employed by Chaucer himself.

The plays can be performed either together or separately.

Review
"Mike Poulton's superb adaptation is both faithful and accessible, comfortably inhabiting the middle ground between Middle English and the modern vernacular.' Times

Cast : 5F, 14M (doubling required; large cast, over 50 is possible)
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-883-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Don Carlos
$19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST

Don Carlos

Friedrich Schiller, in a version by Mike Poulton
 
A new version of a German classic.

Don Carlos is passionately in love with Elizabeth, a French princess. Carlos' tyrannical father, King Philip II, decides to marry Elizabeth himself. The young prince's hatred of his father knows no bounds. He enlists his friend, the Marquis of Posa, to act as go-between, but Posa decides to convert Carlos and Elizabeth's passion into a full-scale rebellion against Philip's oppressive regime.

Review
Magnificent... leaves no doubt that you are watching a classic... In Mike Poulton's fleet and vivid translation... the story of a tyrannical King Philip II of Spain and his abused, love-tormented son, Don Carlos, has all the deftly plotted twists and turns of a thriller. You lean forward in your seat, desperate to discover what happens next. Daily Telegraph

Cast : 11M, 3F + extras
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-857-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Judgement Day
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$21.95 inc GST

Judgement Day

A new version of Ibsen’s 'When We Dead Awaken'

Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Mike Poulton
 
Whilst holidaying with his young wife, Rubek encounters his muse: a woman that he loved and left a lifetime ago. What follows is a heartfelt examination of how Rubek has used these two. Over a series of heated encounters, the entire scroll of Rubek’s life is unrolled in Ibsen’s final - and most autobiographical - exploration of what it means to love and to be loved.

This is the last play Ibsen wrote before his death in 1906, and one of his most haunting and breathtaking pieces. A celebration of life and love, When We Dead Awaken is one of Ibsen’s most extraordinary and deeply personal works. Set within a mythical Nordic landscape, Mike Poulton’s version, Judgement Day, offers an explicit and merciless self-portrait of Ibsen as an ageing artist: restless with his art, his homeland, and his married life.



Cast : 4M, 3F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-241-4 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Luise Miller
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Luise Miller

Friedrich Schiller (adapted by Mike Poulton)
 
Ferdinand, the son of the most powerful statesman in the land, is willing to forsake his fortune for the love of Luise, daughter of a humble musician. But in a world where power is everything, their future happiness and liberty lies beyond their control.

A massive success in its time, and the subject of Verdi’s famous opera, Luise Miller is considered by many to be a masterpiece that brilliantly defines the corrupting power of politics and money. This new version is guaranteed to grip audiences and like the Donmar’s earlier productions of Schiller, Luise Miller will undoubtedly be one of the theatrical events of the year.



Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-147-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Morte d'Arthur
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$21.95 inc GST

Morte d'Arthur

The Legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table

Sir Thomas Malory (adapted by Mike Poulton)
 
Yet some men say in many parts of England that King Arthur is not dead, but taken by the will of our Lord Jesus into another place. And men say that he shall come again.

Sir Thomas Malory’s classic telling of the Legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is a cornerstone of English Literature, and has captured the imagination of generations. Mike Poulton’s adaptation brings the familiar and not-so-familiar tales of Britain’s first great epic to spectacular theatrical life.

The adventure begins with the pulling of the magic sword from the stone, moves on to the establishment of the Round Table and the Quest for the Holy Grail, and ends with the death of the ‘once and future king’. Woven through the narrative is the great love story of Launcelot and Guenever.

Review
Grandeur and pathos, foxy cameos and fine jokes... a beautifully judged text by Mike Poulton, simplifying but drawing the archaic beauty from Malory’s 1485 book -  Times



Cast : 15M, 6F (doubling required ; very large cast possible)
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-095-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Rosmersholm
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Rosmersholm

Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Mike Poulton
 
John Rosmer has resigned as parish priest following the death of his wife. But his increasingly liberal ideas make him an object of suspicion to the local worthies, who also disapprove of the presence in his house of a much younger woman, Rebecca West, formerly his wife’s companion. As their relationship deepens, they become more and more isolated leading them to decide that their spiritual union can only be consummated in a mutual suicide pact…
   
Mike Poulton’s previous stage adaptations include the enormously successful Don Carlos with Derek Jacobi and The Canterbury Tales for the RSC.



Cast : 4M, 2F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-596-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Wallenstein
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$21.95 inc GST

Wallenstein

Friedrich Schiller, in a version by Mike Poulton
 
Wallenstein was commander-in-chief of the Hapsburg army during the Thirty Years War (1618-48), but his ambition brought him into fatal conflict with his monarch, the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II.

Review
Thrilling... a jet-propelled adaptation... Schiller's verse drama deserves to be much better known -   Independent




Cast : 12M, 3F
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-84842-051-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB