Things I Know to Be True

Andrew Bovell
Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest, it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But as each season brings about a new and devastating change, it becomes clear that life never works out as planned.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
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2017

Macbeth

William Shakespeare
Thought to have been first performed in 1606 as a response to the Gunpowder Plot against James I, and William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth is a story of power, ambition, witchcraft and murder.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Digital Theatre
(2011)
Production
BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
British Council
(2016)
Production
Tara Arts
(2015)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre
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Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing, believed to have been written in 1598, is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, and takes its defamed woman plot from Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso.
David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Digital Theatre
(2011)
Production
BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Sam Waterston as Benedick lying down in a small, green and white rowing boat surrounded by greenery
Broadway Digital Archive
(1974)
Production
Love's Labour's Won - RSC 2014
RSC
(2014)
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1598

My Mother Said I Never Should

Charlotte Keatley
Exploring the relationship between four generations of the same family, Keatley's play interrogates the changing position of women in society throughout the 20th century.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1985

A View from the Bridge

In a 1950s Italian-American neighbourhood, a stone's throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, live Eddie and Beatrice, with their orphaned niece Catherine. The depth and darkness of Eddie's feelings towards the girl set in motion a chain of events that propels one of Miller's most iconic tragic heroes towards his undoing.
Audio Theatre
(1998)

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1956

Anita and Me

Meera Syal

Meera Syal’s debut novel, considered to be semi-autobiographical, provides a unique insight into growing up during a time of significant social change in 1970’s Britain.

The story follows nine-year-old Meena, a British Punjabi girl living in a fictional English mining village, and the relationship she develops with the outrageously sassy Anita Rutter. Exploring issues of racial tension and immigration, Syal’s novel highlights the importance of friendship, compassion and belonging as Meena attempts to find her place between two clashing cultures.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

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1996

Frankenstein

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Practical Guide

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2011

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte
Orphaned Jane journeys from a harsh childhood to become the loving caregiver of a child at the mysterious manor of Mr. Rochester. Jane is drawn to her enigmatic employer, but as dark secrets emerge, she must choose between her newfound security and the uncertainty of a life lived for oneself.
LA Theatre Works
(2016)
Audio Theatre

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1847

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is believed to have been written in 1599. Despite the title, the play focuses more on Brutus and the conflicting demands on him of honour and friendship.

 

The skies over ancient Rome blaze with terrifying portents, and soothsayers warn Caesar of approaching doom. As conspiracy swirls through the city, Shakespeare explores the deep repercussions of political murder on the human heart.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
British Council
(2016)
Production
RSC
(2017)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(1994)
Audio Theatre

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1599

Othello

William Shakespeare

Counted among William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello draws on contemporaneous works about Venice and Turkey, as well as Giraldi Cinthio’s Gli Hecatommithi, and explores themes of race, jealousy and hatred.

 

Othello has secretly married Desdemona for love, much to the displeasure of her father. The jaded and malicious Iago harnesses the jealousy both enacted upon and harboured within Othello to sew the seeds of debilitating doubt in his marriage, with devastating consequences.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Dear Mister Shakespeare: inspired by Shakespeare's Othello
British Council
(2016)
Production
Othello - RSC 2015
RSC
(2015)
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1604

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
The sparkling tale of the Bennets, a family blessed with five daughters and a mother desperate to marry them off. The tempestuous pairing of the witty, independent Elizabeth and her arrogant but honourable suitor Mr. Darcy sets the standard for all great couples of stage and screen.
LA Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre
LA Theatre Works
(2012)
Audio Theatre

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The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is notable for its portrayal of the Jewish moneylender, Shylock. There were few Jewish characters in drama before this time, with the significant exception of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta.

 

Bassanio wishes to woo the wealthy Portia, but to do so must borrow money from his merchant friend Antonio, who in turn must borrow from the Jewish usurer, Shylock. If Antonio fails to repay, his bond will be a pound of his own flesh.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Merchant of Venice - RSC 2015
RSC
(2015)
Production

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1596

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

The Tempest is thought to be one of William Shakespeare's final plays and, with its self-conscious theatricality, is widely acknowledged as something of a swan-song.

 

Prospero, once Duke of Milan, has become master of an island full of magic and now enslaved native inhabitants. When his treacherous brother washes ashore through a storm of Prospero's devising, the great director of the scene sets about enacting his revenge.

BBC Studios
(1980)
Production
British Council
(2016)
Production
Tempest - RSC 2015
RSC
(2016)
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