• “This world to me is but a ceaseless storm
    Whirring me from my friends.”
    —Pericles
    Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragicomedy of good and evil in many guises.
    THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
    • an original Introduction to Pericles
    • incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
    • commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
    • photographs of key RSC productions
    • an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • For this new edition, first published in 1971, Ted Hughes augmented his original selection of Shakespeare's poems and dramatic speeches and completely rewrote his accompanying essay, intending to restore to the common reader much of what, in Shakespeare, was instinctively available to the audience of his day, and to show how Shakespeare's language unites in its sinews and substance the full range of Elizabethan preoccupations, philosophical and social.

  • “Mad world, mad kings, mad composition!”
    —King John
    In one volume, eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide fresh new editions of two classic histories: Henry VIII and King John.
    THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
    • original Introductions to Henry VIII and King John
    • incisive scene-by-scene synopses and analyses with vital facts about the works
    • commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
    • photographs of key RSC productions
    • an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Displaying the bold vision and growing skill of a young playwright, these are Shakespeare's first three history plays, covering some sixty tumultuous years of English history. Their pageantry, violence, and stirring speeches excite audiences with action as well as character, and midway through the final play in this trilogy, a shocking, clever, inimitably evil new voice is heard -that of Richard of Gloucester, destined to become England's most fearsome and hated ruler of all time, Richard III.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror - killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him. A story of war, witchcraft and bloodshed, Macbeth also depicts the relationship between husbands and wives, and the risks they are prepared to take to achieve their desires.

  • Shakespeare's tragedic tale of star-crossed lovers and feuding families is accompanied by a scene-by-scene analysis, commentary on past and current productions, and an overview of Shakespeare's theatrical career.

  • This is one of Shakespeare’s darkest comedies, for the romantic story of a young man, Bassanio, who has squandered his fortune and must borrow money to woo the wealthy lady he loves is set against the more disturbing story of the Jewish moneylender Shylock and his demand for the “pound of flesh” owed him by the Venetian merchant, Antonio. Here pathos and farce combine with moral complexity and romantic entanglement to display the extraordinary power and range of Shakespeare at his best.
    Each Edition Includes:
    • Comprehensive explanatory notes
    • Vivid introductions and the most uptodate scholarship
    • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
    From the Paperback edition.

  • A robust and bawdy battle of the sexes, this ever popular comedy captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love–with her bridegroom, Petruchio. Their boisterous conflict is set off against a more conventional romantic plot involving the wooing of Katharina’s lovely and compliant sister, Bianca. Rich with the psychological themes of identity and transformation, the play is quintessentially lighthearted, filled with visual gags, witty repartee, and unmatched theatrical brilliance from Petruchio’s demand, “Kiss me, Kate!” to the final spectacle of the wedding feast.
    Each Edition Includes:
    • Comprehensive explanatory notes
    • Vivid introductions and the most uptodate scholarship
    • Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    • Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    • An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
    From the Paperback edition.

  • Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragedy of politics and war, honor and love—along with more than a hundred pages of exclusive features, including:
     
    • an original Introduction to Troilus and Cressida
    • incisive scenebyscene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
    • commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
    • photographs of key RSC productions
    • an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
     
    Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twentyfirst century.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Shakespeare's drama of murder, political ambition, and the persistence of guilt is accompanied by a scene-by-scene analysis, commentary on past and current productions, and an overview of Shakespeare's theatrical career.

  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre, must solve a riddle in order to marry the daughter of the King of Antioch, or be put to death. But when the answer reveals a horrific secret, the young man faces his greatest dilemma. Danger and adventure follow as Pericles flees the city to find his fortune elsewhere, in a romantic drama of families lost and reunited, evil punished and virtue rewarded.

  • The King of Britain, enraged by his daughter's disobedience in marrying against his wishes, banishes his new son-in-law. Having fled to Rome, the exiled husband makes a foolish wager with a villain he encounters there - gambling on the fidelity of his abandoned wife. Combining courtly menace and horror, comedy and melodrama, Cymbeline is a moving depiction of two young lovers driven apart by deceit and self-doubt.

  • This moving and eloquent historical drama depicts the conflict between a willful and arrogant poet of a king, Richard II, and his politically pragmatic cousin, Bolingbroke. Rich with memorable scenes and speeches, this lyrical history moves from a splendid medieval tournament to the poignant surrender of a crown; from the queen’s heartshattering farewell to her king to Richard’s murder—a deed “chronicled in hell” that lives forever as one of the great moments in theater.
    From the Paperback edition.

  • A play alive with escapades and action, comedy and history, Henry IV, Part One begins the transformation of the madcap Prince Hal into the splendid ruler King Henry. In it a rebellion against King and State is juxtaposed with another rebellion-the riotous misbehavior of Hal and his companions, principally Falstaff. A superbly funny liar, coward, lecher, and cheat, the larger-than-life character Falstaff turns this great historical drama into a masterpiece of counterpoint and design.
    Each Edition Includes:
    - Comprehensive explanatory notes
    - Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
    - Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
    - Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
    - An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
    From the Paperback edition.

  • "The permanent popularity, now of mythic intensity, of Romeo and Juliet is more than justified," writes eminent scholar Harold Bloom, "since the play is the largest and most persuasive celebration of romantic love in Western literature."
    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) based his early romantic tragedy on Arthur Brooke's 1562 poem The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet. Shakespeare's resulting masterpiece, in turn, has inspired countless retellings around the world in mediums that include literature, dance, stage, and screen.
    "It is Shakespear all over, and Shakespear when he was young," declares William Hazlitt (1778-1830), acclaimed British essayist and critic, in his exuberant Introduction to this Modern Library edition.
    "Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventuríd piteous overthrows, Do with their death bury their parents' strife."
    --Prologue

  • In this tragedy by William Shakespeare, the heroic Moor of Venice is driven to suspicion and finally murderous rage against his true love Desdemona by the cunning and hateful Iago.
    This edition features an overview of Shakespeare's works by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, as well as a comprehensive stage and screen history, dramatic criticism from the past and present, and sources from which Shakespeare derived this great work.

  • Includes an overview of Shakespeare's life; commentary by Arthur Colby Sprague, Helen Gardener, and others; a stage and screen history, and more
    The popular comedy in which Rosalind enters the Forest of Arden is a play about two enduring human illusions--the dream of the simple life, and the ideal of romantic love. This edition features not only the text of the play but many special features to help readers understand and enjoy this classic from the Bard.

  • [Lear] is the most awesome of all the poet's originals. No one else in Shakespeare is so legitimate a representation of supreme authority.


  • "The course of true love never did run smooth' William Shakespeare Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy of friendship, hatred, power, deception and ultimately love has been acclaimed as “a masterpiece”, and features an all-star cast familiar from Whedon’s previous TV series and films, including Amy Acker (Angel/Dollhouse), Alexis Denisof (Buffy/Angel), Clark Gregg (The Avengers) and Nathan Fillion (Firefly). This official book includes an Introduction by Joss, his full screenplay, and a gallery of photos from the set. There’s also an extended interview with the director discussing his approach to the play, and the production of the movie, which was shot in just 12 days at Whedon’s own house. “A host of Whedon veterans puts on one of the funniest Shakespeare films in ages” The Hollywood Reporter “Second to none” The Guardian “Everyone should see this movie” IGN “A masterpiece” HeyUGuys.co.uk “This nimble black-and-white rendition honors a classic text” Variety “Whedon has created a Shakespeare adaptation that will please just about everyone” Indiewire

  • Anglais Othello

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    He's a bardass brother with the love of a fine woman. That is until some cloven hoofed honky starts talking crazy about variously hued sheep tupping the hell outta each other! You gotta pity the fool who gets shafted by the green eyed monster. Let's hope Othello can work out who to trust before it's too late…

  • Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou…. Oh wait, he's hanging around in the garden again. Will young Romeo and his Juliet ever be able to express their raging hormones? Or will their feuding families make this romance blossom into a poisoned flower? Either way, both their houses are totally plagued!

  • In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal. His staunch ambition has horrifying consequences when, finding himself utterly alone and steeped in dread, he is forced to answer for his bloody deeds. This official tie-in edition of Richard III was published alongside director Jamie Lloyd's new production for his Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, London, in 2014. It starred BAFTA Award-winning Martin Freeman as Richard III and Gina McKee as Queen Elizabeth. This volume includes the version of Shakespeare's text performed in the production, as well as additional material including an exclusive rehearsal diary and an interview with the director. 'brash, bloody, exciting… chilling stuff, delivered with the speed and creeping horror of a thriller… ingeniously disturbing' Financial Times 'ingenious, exciting and alive… snares the attention from the off' The Times

  • Joining Bruce Coville's earlier prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays is this picture book treatment of the Bard's most popular work ever. The tender story of the young star-crossed lovers from warring families, Romeo and Juliet has moved audiences to tears for four hundred years. And Coville tells it in a way that will surely whet the appetite of young audiences, who will then find even greater enjoyment in the original. As with his earlier adaptations, Coville expertly combines his own dramatic language with key lines from the play. Dennis Nolan, who illustrated Coville's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, contributes stunning paintings, including a gatefold of the famous balcony scene. In addition to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which Publishers Weekly called "A first rate entree to the Bard," Coville also retold The Tempest and Macbeth. Of the latter, School Library Journal said, "Coville's muscular sentences, full of dramatic word choices, make this a good read-aloud." Both Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream were honored as ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults.



  • The Newly Revised Signet Classic Shakespeare Series The work of the world’s greatest dramatist edited by outstanding scholars
    The Winter’s Tale
    Unique Features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare
    • An extensive overview of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet
    • Special introduction to the play by the editor, Frank Kermode, Fellow of the British Academy
    • Source from which Shakespeare derived The Winter’s Tale--a generous selection from Robert Greene’s Pandosto
    • Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Simon Forman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, E.M.W. Tillyard, G. Wilson Knight, Carol Thomas Neely, and Coppelia Kahn
    • A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable productions of The Winter’s Tale, then and now
    • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type
    • Up-to-date list of recommended readings

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