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  • TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA   -   ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9781903436950
    Title: TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA - ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
    Author: SHAKESPEARE WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play.

    A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross - dressing and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.

    William Carroll's engaging Introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them. Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene.

    Imprint: ARDEN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • UBU PLAYS
    UBU PLAYS
    JARRY / MCLEISH KENNETH [TRAN]
    ISBN: 9781854591890
    Title: UBU PLAYS
    Author: JARRY / MCLEISH KENNETH [TRAN]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $9.95
    Price: $9.95
  • UNCLE VANYA in a version by Terry Johnson
    UNCLE VANYA in a version by Terry Johnson
    CHEKHOV ANTON / JOHNSON TERRY
    ISBN: 9780571353941
    Title: UNCLE VANYA in a version by Terry Johnson
    Author: CHEKHOV ANTON / JOHNSON TERRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Don't be miserable, you wonderful woman; be a mermaid. There's the ocean; throw yourself in. Fall in love with some poor mortal and drag him down with you. Astonish us!

    On an isolated country estate, Sonia and her Uncle Vanya are committed to a life of ceaseless toil. But when the ageing invalid Serebriakov and his bewilderingly beautiful young wife take up residence, a yearning envelops the household and disturbs the accustomed tedium. Friend and confidant Astrov grows lovelorn, Sonia's heart breaks and even Vanya falls under the spell. And so they fight, bond, belittle, lament, make peace and contemplate the odd murder.

    Featuring sex, comedy and unbearable sadness in nineteenth-century Russia, this version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya was written and directed by Terry Johnson and opened at Hampstead Theatre, London, in November 2018.

    And having weathered the storm, what's left? My feelings for you; a few droplets on a window pane, catching the sun, running down a way, drying to nothing.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • UNDER MILKWOOD
    UNDER MILKWOOD
    THOMAS DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781780227245
    Title: UNDER MILKWOOD
    Author: THOMAS DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Commissioned by the BBC, and described by Dylan Thomas as 'a play for voices', UNDER MILK WOOD takes the form of an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub.

    We learn of the inhabitants' dreams and desires, their loves and regrets. The play introduces us to characters such as Captain Cat who dreams of his drowned former seafellows and Nogood Boyo who dreams of nothing at all. It is a unique and touching depiction of a village that has 'fallen head over bells in love'.

    The First Voice narration reveals the ordinary world of daily happenings and events, while the Second Voice conveys the intimate, innermost thoughts of the fascinating folk of Llareggub.

    There have been myriad productions of UNDER MILK WOOD over the years and Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Tom Jones have all starred in radio, stage or film adaptations.

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • USER NOT FOUND
    USER NOT FOUND
    GOODE CHRIS / DNATE OR DIE
    ISBN: 9781786825315
    Title: USER NOT FOUND
    Author: GOODE CHRIS / DNATE OR DIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    It's the moment of your death.
    There's a magic button.
    Do you delete your entire online legacy?
    Or do you keep it - and leave the choice for someone else?

    A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • VAGINA MONOLOGUES   -   20th Anniversary Edition
    VAGINA MONOLOGUES - 20th Anniversary Edition
    ENSLER EVE
    ISBN: 9780399180095
    Title: VAGINA MONOLOGUES - 20th Anniversary Edition
    Author: ENSLER EVE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This expanded edition of the bestseller that changed the way women think about their bodies features a diverse set of new monologues in addition to those previously included, as well as a new introduction by a leader in feminist thought and a new afterword about the global influence of The Vagina Monologues.

    A celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery, The Vagina Monologues was adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that has rocked audiences around the world. This groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman’s body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.

    Imprint: BALLANTINE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • VEIL
    VEIL
    MCPHERSON CONOR
    ISBN: 9781848422025
    Title: VEIL
    Author: MCPHERSON CONOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: NICK HERN
    RRP: $22.95
    Price: $22.95
  • VENICE SAVED
    VENICE SAVED
    WEIL SIMONE
    ISBN: 9781350043909
    Title: VENICE SAVED
    Author: WEIL SIMONE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    Towards the end of her life, the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil (1909-43) was working on a tragedy, Venice Saved. Appearing here in English for the first time, this play explores the realisation of Weil's own thoughts on tragedy. A figure of affliction, a central theme in Weil's religious metaphysics, the central character offers a unique insight into Weil's broader philosophical interest in truth and justice, and provides a fresh perspective on the wider conception of tragedy itself.
    The play depicts the plot by a group of Spanish mercenaries to sack Venice in 1618 and how it fails when one conspirator, Jaffier, betrays them to the Venetian authorities, because he feels compassion for the city's beauty.

    The edition includes notes on the play by the translators as well as introductory material on- the life of Weil; the genesis and purport of the play; Weil and the tragic; the issues raised by translating Venice Saved. With additional suggestions for further reading, the volume opens up an area of interest and research- the literary Weil.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $28.99
    Price: $28.99
  • VENUS IN FUR
    VENUS IN FUR
    IVES DAVID
    ISBN: 9781786823021
    Title: VENUS IN FUR
    Author: IVES DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Venus in Fur is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur. An exploration of gender roles and sexuality, in which desire twists and turns in on itself, Venus in Fur is also a witty, unsettling look at the art of acting-onstage and off.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER
    VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER
    MCDONAGH MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780571346912
    Title: VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER
    Author: MCDONAGH MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children's tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.

    Dangerous, twisted and funny, Martin McDonagh's new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination. A Very Very Dark Matter premieres at the Bridge Theatre, London, in October 2018.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • VIA DOLOROSA AND WHEN SHALL WE LIVE?
    VIA DOLOROSA AND WHEN SHALL WE LIVE?
    HARE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571197521
    Title: VIA DOLOROSA AND WHEN SHALL WE LIVE?
    Author: HARE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'My whole life, it's been assumed, Western civilisation is an old bitch gone in the teeth. And so people say, go to Israel. Because in Israel at least people are fighting. In Israel, they're fighting for something they believe in.' Via Dolorosa

    In 1997, after many invitations, the 50-year-old British playwright resolved finally to visit the 50-year-old State of Israel. The resulting play, written to be performed by the author himself, offers a meditation on an extraordinary trip to both Israel and the Palestinian territory, which leaves Hare questioning his own values as searchingly as the powerful beliefs of those he met.

    Accompanying Via Dolorosa is the 1996 lecture When Shall We Live?, which also addresses questions of art and faith. Originally given in Westminster Abbey as the Eric Symes Memorial Lecture, it attracted record correspondence when an abridged version was published in the Daily Telegraph.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE   -   Methuen Student Editions
    VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE - Methuen Student Editions
    MILLER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9781408108406
    Title: VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE - Methuen Student Editions
    Author: MILLER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This Student Edition of A View from the Bridge is perfect for students of literature and drama and offers an unrivalled guide to Miller's play. It features an extensive introduction by Steve Marino which includes- a chronology of Miller's life and times; a summary of the plot and commentary on the characters, themes, language, context and production history of the play. Together with over twenty questions for further study and detailed notes on words and phrases from the text, this is the definitive edition of the play.


    Set among Italian-Americans on the Brooklyn waterfront, A View from the Bridge is the story of longshoreman Eddie Carbone. When his wife's cousins arrive as illegal immigrants from Italy, he is honoured to take them into his house. But when his niece begins to fall in love with one of them Eddie grows increasingly suspicious, eventually precipitating his violation of the moral and cultural codes of his community and leading to the play's tragic finale. With its examination of the themes of sexuality, responsibility, betrayal and vengeance, the play is vintage Miller and a modern classic.



    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • VILLETTE     -     Apapted by Linda Marshall-Griffiths
    VILLETTE - Apapted by Linda Marshall-Griffiths
    MARSHALL-GRIFFITHS LINDA
    ISBN: 9781786820495
    Title: VILLETTE - Apapted by Linda Marshall-Griffiths
    Author: MARSHALL-GRIFFITHS LINDA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel by fellow Yorkshire writer Linda Marshall Griffiths, on the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth. With echoes of the illness and loss that wracked Bronte's own life, both novel and play explore the redemptive power of love and the uncertainty of holding on to it.

    Imprint: OBERON
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • VINEGAR TOM
    VINEGAR TOM
    CHURCHILL CARYL
    ISBN: 9780573619731
    Title: VINEGAR TOM
    Author: CHURCHILL CARYL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: SAMUEL FRENCH
    RRP: $22.00
    Price: $22.00
  • VOLPONE
    VOLPONE
    JONSON BEN
    ISBN: 9781350007796
    Title: VOLPONE
    Author: JONSON BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: June 2019 New Release

    The sharpest, funniest comedy about money and morals in the 17th century is still the sharpest and funniest about those things in the 21st. The full, modernised play text is accompanied by incisive commentary notes which communicate the devastating comic energy of Volpone's satire. The introduction provides a firm grounding in the play's social and literary contexts, demonstrates how careful close-reading can expand your enjoyment of the comedy, shows the relevance of Jonson's critique to our modern economic systems, and provides a clear picture of how the main relationships in the play function on the page and stage.
    Supplemented by a plot summary and annotated bibliography, it is ideal for students of Jonson, city comedy and early modern drama.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • VOTES FOR WOMEN AND OTHER PLAYS
    VOTES FOR WOMEN AND OTHER PLAYS
    CROFT SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781906582012
    Title: VOTES FOR WOMEN AND OTHER PLAYS
    Author: CROFT SUSAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: AURORA BOOKS
    RRP: $26.00
    Price: $26.00
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