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The Country Wife

Restoration era London: Puritan laws and censorship laws are repealed; theatres re-open; and the cosmopolitan wives are living it up with extravagance, infidelity and impertinence towards their cuckold ...

The Knight of the Burning Pestle

Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a five-act satire on chivalric romances, generally considered the earliest whole parody (or pastiche) play in English.

The play's structure is ...

Ghosts

By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Stephen Mulrine
Series: Drama Classics

When her son, Oswald, comes back from Paris, Mrs Alving feels the ghosts of her past life returning to haunt them.

Henrik Ibsen's play Ghosts was first staged in 1882 in Chicago, Illinois, in a production ...

Phedra

By Jean Racine
Translated by Julie Rose
Series: Drama Classics

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

Consumed by an uncontrollable passion for her young stepson and believing Theseus, ...

Oedipus

By Sophocles
Translated by Kenneth McLeish
Series: Drama Classics

The story of the mythical Greek king of Thebes, the archetypal tragic hero who accidentally fulfills a prophecy that he will end up killing his father and marrying his mother, thereby bringing disaster ...

Antigone

By Sophocles
Translated by Marianne McDonald
Series: Drama Classics

The first great "resistance" drama—and perhaps the definitive Greek tragedy.

Creon, the King of Thebes, has forbidden the burial of Antigone's brother because he was put to death as a traitor to the ...

Doctor Faustus

The classic story of the learned Doctor Faustus who sells his soul to the devil.

This edition of Christopher Marlowe's play contains two self-contained versions, known as the A-text and the B-text, allowing ...