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

Jean Racine

Racine's 1677 reworking of Euripides' Hippolytus, celebrated for its tragic construction and the richness of its language.

Phedra, wife of Theseus, has fallen deeply and violently in love with her step-son, Hippolytus. Convinced she will forever be consumed by a shameful love, and on the advice of her nurse, she kills herself – but the note that she leaves behind seems to lay the blame for her death at Hippolytus' door. Theseus cannot see beyond her impassioned words to his own son's protestations and so, heartbroken and overcome, he banishes Hippolytus and wishes him dead. But when the gods are always listening, you should be careful what you wish for...

Translated and introduced by Julie Rose.

Cast : 4M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-094-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Racine: Three Plays
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Racine: Three Plays

Berenice / Phèdre / Britannicus

Jean Racine
Three masterpieces by one of the most important French dramatists of the 17th century

A tale of love and personal happiness in conflict with public duty

Concerns a princess with an overwhelming infatuation with her stepson
Lays bare the relationships at the heart of power as a world slips into moral chaos.

These new versions by Neil Bartlett and Robert David MacDonald, two of the country’s most distinguished director-translators, prove that Racine is far from untranslatable; they offer blisteringly effective poetry, urgent plotting and powerhouse roles for both actors and actresses.

Cast : Berenice - M5, F2 / Phedre - M3, F5 / Brittanica - M6, F3
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-761-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB