Category: Theatre & Plays

Othello

The most striking difference between Othello and Shakespeare’s other tragedies is its more intimate scale. Because the play focuses on personal rather than public life, Othello’s private descent into jealous obsession is especially chilling to behold. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through […]

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two teenage “star-cross’d lovers” whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are […]

Macbeth

Arguably the darkest of all Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is also one of the most challenging. Is it a work of nihilistic despair, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” or is it a cautionary tale warning of the dangers of Machiavellianism and relativism? Does it lead to hell and […]

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Although classified as a comedy in the First Folio, and while it shares certain aspects with Shakespeare’s other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps more remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for the […]

Julius Caesar

A great tragedy based on Plutarch’s account of the lives of Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. Evil plotting, ringing oratory, high tragedy occur with Shakespeare’s incomparable insight and dramatic power. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent […]

Henry VIII

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth is a history play by William Shakespeare, based on the life of Henry VIII of England. An alternative title, All is True, is recorded in contemporary documents, the title Henry VIII not appearing until the play’s publication in the First Folio of 1623. Stylistic […]

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. The plot is based on Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch’s Life of Markus Antonius and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Parthian War to Cleopatra’s suicide. The major antagonist […]

Woyzeck

Karl Georg Büchner (1813-1837) war ein deutscher Schriftsteller, Naturwissen-schaftler und Revolutionär. die Gesellschaft für Menschenrechte, eine Geheimorganisation nach französischem Vorbild, deren Ziel ein Umsturz der politischen Verhältnisse war. 1835 verfasste er nach eigenen Angaben innerhalb von fünf Wochen Dantons Tod. 1834 wurde der Hessische Landbote, den Büchner verfasst hatte, in Druck gelegt. Es handelt sich […]

The Winter’s Tale

The Winter’s Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, first published in the First Folio in 1623. Although it was listed as a comedy when it first appeared, some modern editors have relabeled the play a romance. Some critics, among them W. W. Lawrence (Lawrence, 9-13), consider it to be one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”, […]

Windows

John Galsworthy OM (1867-1933) was an English novelist and playwright. He is viewed as one of the first writers of the Edwardian era; challenging in his works some of the ideals of society depicted in the preceeding literature of Victorian England. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. Notable works include The Forsyte […]

Wilhelm Tell

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist. Schiller wrote many philosophical papers on ethics and aesthetics. He developed the concept of the Schöne Seele (beautiful soul), a human being whose emotions have been educated by his reason, so that Pflicht und Neigung (duty and inclination) are no longer […]

The Wicked World

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) was an English dramatist, librettist and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of which the most famous include H. M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. These, as well as most of their other Savoy operas, continue […]

What I Remember, Volume II

Thomas Adolphus Trollope (1810-1892) was a British author who was the eldest son of Thomas Anthony and Frances Trollope (a younger brother was Anthony Trollope, the novelist). Between 1840 and 1890 Thomas Adolphus Trollope produced some sixty volumes of travel writing, history and fiction, in addition to a large amount of periodical and journalistic work. […]

The Well of the Saints

Edmund John Millington Synge (1871-1909) was an Irish playwright, poet, prose writer, and collector of folklore. He was one of the cofounders of the Abbey Theatre. He is best known for the play The Playboy of the Western World, which caused riots during its opening run at the Abbey theatre. Synge was educated privately at […]

The Wedding Day

Elizabeth Inchbald, nee Simpson (1753-1821) was an English novelist, actress, and dramatist. At the age of 19 she went to London in order to act. In 1772 she agreed to marry the actor Joseph Inchbald (1735-1779). For four years the couple toured Scotland with West Digges’s theatre company, a demanding life. After Joseph Inchbald’s death […]

Weh Dem, Der Lugt!

Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872) war ein österreichischer Schriftsteller, der vor allem als Dramatiker hervorgetreten ist. Grillparzer studierte an der Universität Wien Rechtswissenschaften. Ab 1821 arbeitete er im Finanzministerium, danach als Archivdirektor bei der kaiserlich-königlichen Hofkammer. Grillparzers poetische Anfänge wurden von der Romantik beeinflusst. 1817 wurde seine Schicksalstragödie Die Ahnfrau, welche alsbald über alle deutschen Bühnen ging, […]

Volpone; or, the Fox

Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637) was an English Renaissance dramatist, poet and actor. A good friend of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays, particularly Volpone and The Alchemist which are considered his best, and his lyric poems. A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, Jonson had an unparalleled […]

The Vikings of Helgeland

Henrik Johan Ibsen (1828-1906) was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the ‘father of modern drama.’ His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era. His work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was […]

Vesty of the Basins

Sarah Pratt McLean, Mrs Greene (also wrote as: Sarah Platt McLean Greene) (1856-1935), was an American author. Her works include: Cape Cod Folks (1881), Towhead (1883), Last Chance Junction (1889), The Moral Imbeciles (1898), Vesty of the Basins (1900), Winslow Plain (1902), Flood-Tide (1902) and Power Lot (1906). ‘Aunt Sibylla was not sporting, now, in […]

Velasco

Epes Sargent (1813-1880) was an American editor, poet and playwright. By 1831, he was working as an editor for the Boston Daily Advertiser. He then went to work editing the Boston Daily Atlas where he also served as its Washington D. C. correspondent. In 1836, he wrote a five-act play, The Bride of Genoa, and […]

Venice Preserved: A Tragedy in Five Acts

Thomas Otway (1652-1685) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period. In 1675 Thomas Betterton produced Otway’s first play, Alcibiades, which was printed in the same year. Early in 1680 the first of Otway’s two tragic masterpieces, The Orphan; or, The Unhappy Marriage, was produced at the Dorset Garden. In 1680, he also published The […]

Vera; or, The Nihilists

Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. Known for his barbed wit, he was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Wilde made his reputation in the theatre world with a series of […]

The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays

Lady Augusta Gregory (born Isabella Augusta Persse) (1852-1932), was an Irish dramatist and folklorist and writer of pamphlets, prose, memoirs, short stories and poems. With W. B. Yeats and others, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous works for both companies. She also produced a number of books of […]

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

George L. Aiken (1830-1876) was a nineteenth century American playwright and actor who is best known for writing the most popular of the numerous stage adaptations of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Aiken was a writer of dime novels before he turned to theatre. He became an actor in the troupe of his cousin, […]

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