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Plays, playscripts

See below for a selection of the latest books from Plays, playscripts category. Presented with a red border are the Plays, playscripts books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Plays, playscripts books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Oedipus The King

Oedipus The King

Author: Sophocles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/1972

Presents a new version of the Greek classic drama as adapted for a modern theatrical performance.

Alice in Wonderland Play

Alice in Wonderland Play

Author: Lewis Carroll, V.A. Pearn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1972

This lovely hardcover edition conjures up marvelous visions of Carroll's fantasy world. Luxuriously illustrated with 92 watercolors, it's a wonderful introduction to Alice's adventures as well as a splendid volume for collectors. Available for sale in the United States only.

A Voyage Round My Father

A Voyage Round My Father

Author: Sir John Mortimer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/1972

There were days when the Father could see and days when the Father could not see in this tale seen through the eyes of the perennial Son as viewed from the trellis surrounded, as if for protection, by an enormous garden. The tale grows in turns and twists upon allusion and reversals, all crisply dramatic and really not so comical as at first glance.7 women, 12 men

Kaspar

Kaspar

Author: Peter Handke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/1972

All for Love

All for Love

Author: John Dryden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/1972

Although John Dryden the poet is best known for his alexandrine epics, John Dryden the playwright is most honored for this blank verse tragedy. The summit of Dryden's dramatic art, All for Love (1677) is a spectacle of passion as felt, feared, and disputed in the suspicious years following the English Civil War. Due to its dramatic compression and elegance, All for Love is one of the most enduring plays of the Restoration repertory. It was so successful that in the eighteenth century Dryden's tragedy drove Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra from the stage. The play depicts the catastrophic passion of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, who could not be conquered but by love. Fidelity to family and friends, adherence to codes of honor, national loyalties, and the rule of law compete with each other, tearing the world with violence.

Listen to the Wind

Listen to the Wind

Author: James Reaney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/1972

Y Claf Diglefyd

Y Claf Diglefyd

Author: Jean-Baptiste Moliere Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1972

And Then There Were None Play

And Then There Were None Play

Author: Agatha Christie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1972

Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. As the weather turns and the group is cut off from the mainland, the bloodbath begins and one by one they are brutally murdered in accordance with the lines of a sinister nursery rhyme. In writing the stage version of her most successful and darkest novels during the Second World War, Agatha Christie responded to the mood of the times by introducing a more positive ending. The play was a smash hit in the West End and on Broadway. The alternate version of the play's ending, drawn from the novel and using entirely Agatha Christie's own words, is now available in this updated edition

Madmen and Specialists

Madmen and Specialists

Author: Wole Soyinda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1971

A bitterly ironic portrait of Nigeria after Biafra Madmen and Specialists is one of Soyinka's most excoriating portrayals of abusers and abused in the new Nigeria ushered in by Biafra. Set in the 'surgery' of a doctor, the play is populated by mendicants and the 'insane' all fodder for 'experimentation' by a shape-shifting doctor whose experiments may be more sinister than they may at first appear. Wole Soyinka's Nobel Prize for Literature is a triumphant affirmation of the universality of this novelist, poet, film-maker and political activist. (Guardian)

The Plays

The Plays

Author: Sir Richard Steele Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/1971

A scholarly edition of works by Sir Richard Steele. The edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.

Playwrights for Tomorrow

Playwrights for Tomorrow

Author: Arthur H. Ballet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/1971

Playwrights for Tomorrow was first published in 1971. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. This is the seventh volume in the series Playwrights for Tomorrow,which makes available collections of plays by dramatists who have participated in the program of the Office for Advanced Drama Research (O.A.D.R.) at the University of Minnesota. Arthur H. Ballet, the series editor, is the director of the O.A.D.R. Under the program of the O.A.D.R., promising playwrights are awarded grants and given the opportunity of having their plays produced by college, community, or experimental theatre groups. In his introduction to this volume Professor Ballet comments on the experience and progress of the O.A.D.R. program. He points out that the playwrights included here represent the first full year of O.A.D.R. work with the theatres in various parts of the country. Previously the productions of the plays under the O.A.D.R. program had been limited to theatrical groups in or near Minneapolis and St. Paul.The plays in this volume are Grace and George and God by Alexander Hierholzer, Assassin! by David Ball, Freddie the Pigeon by Seymour Leichman, Rags by Nancy Walter, The Orientals by Stephen Grecco, and Drive-In by David Kranes. Six delightful sketches by Mr. Leichman illustrate his play. Details about the initial productions of the plays and sidelights about the authors and their work are given by Professor Ballet in his introduction. The locales for the premieres of these plays included Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Part, where two of the plays were given; the Firehouse Theatre in Minneapolis; Yale University's Drama School; the Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis; and the theatre at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.

Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

Author: Donald Keene Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/1971

Chushingura (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers), also known as the story of the Forty-Six (or Forty-Seven) Ronin, is the most famous and perennially popular of all Japanese dramas. Written around 1748 as a puppet play, it is now better known through Kabuki theater performances. Donald Keene's translation of the original text is presented here with a new preface and an introduction and notes to aid readers in their comprehension and enjoyment of the play.