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Dog in the Manger, The
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Dog in the Manger, The

Translated by David Johnston

Lope de Vega (translated by David Johnston)
 

A Spanish court comedy, written in 1613-15.

Diana, Countess of Belfor, a beautiful and headstrong young woman, is beset by aristocratic suitors urging marriage but refuses them all. One-night she discovers her handsome young secretary seducing her favourite lady in waiting and is consumed with jealousy. A heartbreaking love triangle is forged and so begins a tale of forbidden love, envy and passion. The Dog in the Manger is a painful and hilarious comedy for anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone they shouldn’t have.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-435-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Dog in the Manger, The
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Dog in the Manger, The

Translated by David Johnston

Lope de Vega (translated by David Johnston)
 

A Spanish court comedy, written in 1613-15.

Diana, Countess of Belfor, a beautiful and headstrong young woman, is beset by aristocratic suitors urging marriage but refuses them all. One-night she discovers her handsome young secretary seducing her favourite lady in waiting and is consumed with jealousy. A heartbreaking love triangle is forged and so begins a tale of forbidden love, envy and passion. The Dog in the Manger is a painful and hilarious comedy for anyone who has ever fallen in love with someone they shouldn’t have.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-435-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Lady Boba, The
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Lady Boba, The

A Woman of Little Sense

Lope de Vega (translated by David Johnston)
 
Nise and Finea are famous beauties. Their father, Don Octavio, a wealthy businessman, is doing his best to marry them off and an exotic collection of determined young suitors are competing for the prizes. The sticking point? Nise, the elder sister, is too clever for her own good, whilst younger sister Finea is notoriously stupid.

Can the family hide Finea’s shortcomings long enough to hoodwink a suitor into marriage? Surely the combination of a dancing master and a huge dowry will do the trick? The ploy is more successful than anyone might have anticipated…

A Woman of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

Cast : 11M, 4F (doubling possible)
Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-044-7 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Lady Boba, The
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Lady Boba, The

A Woman of Little Sense

Lope de Vega (translated by David Johnston)
 
Nise and Finea are famous beauties. Their father, Don Octavio, a wealthy businessman, is doing his best to marry them off and an exotic collection of determined young suitors are competing for the prizes. The sticking point? Nise, the elder sister, is too clever for her own good, whilst younger sister Finea is notoriously stupid.

Can the family hide Finea’s shortcomings long enough to hoodwink a suitor into marriage? Surely the combination of a dancing master and a huge dowry will do the trick? The ploy is more successful than anyone might have anticipated…

A Woman of Little Sense is a big-hearted and hilarious romantic comedy which celebrates the power of love.

Cast : 11M, 4F (doubling possible)
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Spanish Golden Age in English, The
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Spanish Golden Age in English, The

Perspectives on Performance

Catherine Boyle and David Johnston (Editors)
 

The Spanish Golden Age was a period of flourishing in arts and literature, and in particular of drama, coinciding with the political decline and fall of the Habsburgs. This term does not generally imply any great precision about dates, but it begins no earlier than 1492, ending with the death of the last great writer of the period, Pedro Calderon de la Barca, in 1681.

In 2003 the RSC produced a season of Spanish Golden Age plays, including classics such as The Dog in the Manger, House of Desires and Pedro, the Great Pretender establishing an innovative working process that laid emphasis on the plays as pieces of theatre, dynamic and alive, and on the principle of respect for the plays’ historical contexts.

The essays in this book, written by some of the world’s foremost scholars of the Spanish Golden Age, explore some of the many issues that arose from this season and the complex nature of translating and staging plays from the Spanish Golden Age on the English-speaking stage.



Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-815-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Translating the Theatre of the Spanish Golden Age
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Translating the Theatre of the Spanish Golden Age

A Story of Chance and Transformation

David Johnston
 
What this book most definitely is not, is yet another academic discussion of Lope de Vega, Calderon and their contemporaries, divorced from any understanding of what makes these plays work so brilliantly on our stages.

Instead it is a leading contemporary translator’s account of why these plays deserve to assume their rightful place in our performance repertoire, firmly set within the demands and opportunities of how our theatre works.

In a way it is the story of a love affair between a translator and a dramatic tradition whose riches are only now becoming apparent to theatre audiences; but it is also an exploration of the ways in which translation itself takes plays that are distant from us in time and space and makes them real and visible in terms of our own experience and our contemporary sensibilities.

Oberon Books UK | 978-1-78319-036-2 | Sales: Australia/NZ only
Vicente: The Boat Plays
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Vicente: The Boat Plays

Boat to Hell, The / Boat to Purgatory, The / Boat to Heaven, The

Gil Vicente /David Johnston
 
A trilogy of medieval morality plays that remain fiercely relevant today. Portuguese dramatist, Gil Vicente, puts humanity in the dock in three religious plays written between 1516 and 1519.







Cast : All plays 30+
Oberon Books | 978-0-94823-080-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB