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The Alchemist

Author: Ben Jonson

Publisher: Nick Hern Books (1996)

A drama edition of Ben Jonson's famous comedy of London life, dating from 1610.

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The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black,Black Oil

Author: John McGrath

Publisher: Methuen Drama (1974)

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil tells the story of the exploitation of the Scottish Highlands, told, firstly, through the Clearances to make way for the Cheviot sheep, then by the stag-hunting landed gentry and latterly in the name of North Sea Oil. Performed to unparalleled acclaim throughout Scotland by the 7:84 Theatre Company and subsequently televised, the play is presented here in a definitive edition with production photographs and a commentary on the background to the show by the author/director, John McGrath.

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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Authors: Mark Haddon, Simon Stephens

Publisher: Methuen Drama (2012)

Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at maths, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down. Contains strong language.

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The Dark Lady Of The Sonnets

Author: George Bernard Shaw

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The Duchess Of Padua

Author: Oscar Wilde

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The Duchess of Padua is a play by Oscar Wilde. It is a five-act melodramatic tragedy set in Padua and written in blank verse. The Duchess of Padua tells the story of a young man named Guido who was left in the charge of a man he calls his uncle as a baby.

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The Frogs

Author: Aristophanes

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In The Frogs, written during the Peloponnesian War, Dionysus descends to the Underworld to bring back a poet who can help Athens in its darkest hour, and stages a great debate to help him decide between the traditional wisdom of Aeschylus and the brilliant modernity of Euripides.

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The Importance Of Being Earnest

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012)

Oscar Wilde's Last comical and dramatic work The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical look at Victorian ways. This classic masterpiece looks at the how the institution of marriage was treated with triviality, as the characters all pretend to be someone their not to escape social obligations. The play was an instant success but soon scandal and Wilde's arrest and imprisonment caused the show to close after just 86 performances.

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The Jew Of Malta

Author: Christopher Marlowe

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The Jew of Malta is a play by Christopher Marlowe. The plot is an original story of religious conflict, intrigue, and revenge, set against a backdrop of the struggle for supremacy between Spain and the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean that takes place on the island of Malta. The title character, Barabas, dominates the play's action.

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The Massacre At Paris

Author: Christopher Marlowe

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Massacre at Paris by Christopher Marlowe is a play which tells the tale of the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, which took place in Paris in 1572, and the involvement of Duc de Guise in those events.

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The Pillowman

Author: Martin McDonagh

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2003)

A writer in a totalitarian state is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town. 'Sometimes you don't even know what you've been craving until the real thing comes along.' New York Times 'McDonagh is more than just a very clever theatrical stylist. His tricks and turns have a purpose. They are bridges over a deep pit of sympathy and sorrow, illuminated by a tragic vision of stunted and frustrated lives.' Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times

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