Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Hamlet, William Shakespeare's longest and most famous tragedy, was written some time between 1599 and 1602. It is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential works of literature in history.

 

Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius, who has married the Queen and seized the crown. But Hamlet's spiral into grief and madness has permanent and immutable consequences for the Kingdom of Denmark.

Royal Exchange Theatre
(2014)
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BBC Studios
(2009)
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Production
(1980)
The Prince of Denmark: a story vaguely inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet
British Council
(2016)
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Hamlet - RSC 2016
RSC
(2016)
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Tara Arts
(2016)
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Stratford Festival
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre

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1600

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen
Based on the life of Laura Kieler, a close friend of Henrik Ibsen’s, and first performed in 1879, A Doll’s House initially met with controversy over the way it criticises nineteenth-century marital norms. Ibsen confronts the problems with an exclusively male society, and a woman’s place within that.
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen
Digital Theatre
(2012)
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BBC Studios
(1992)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre
1879

All My Sons

All My Sons is Arthur Miller's Twentieth-century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain. When Joe Keller places the prosperity of his family above the lives of others, there are consequences for all. Set in post World War II America, All My Sons sees a family in mourning torn further asunder by secrets and lies.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(2000)
Audio Theatre
1947

As You Like It

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's only pastoral comedy, As You Like It introduces a heroine who is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest female character and speaks a quarter of the play’s total lines.

 

Banished from court, Rosalind follows her exiled father into the untamed Forest of Arden. Disguised as a man for safety, her great wit and good nature show through her male trappings as she engages with fools and philosophers adrift in the woods, and ultimately falls in love.

As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Digital Theatre
(2009)
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William attempts to woo Audrey in Shakespeare's As You Like It
Shakespeare's Globe
(2009)
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BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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As You Like It, LA Theatre Works
LA Theatre Works
(2016)
Audio Theatre
1599

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)
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BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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Tara Arts
(2015)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre
1606

Private Lives

Noël Coward
Glamorous divorcées, Elyot and Amanda, find that their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.
Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens drape their arms over each other in front of a green background.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
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LA Theatre Works
(1994)
Audio Theatre

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The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a partially fictionalised telling of the Salem witch trials of 1692/3. Accusations of witchcraft following a game played by the daughters of a Massachusetts village spiral out of control and many must choose between their reputations and their integrity.
Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible (© Jay Brooks)
Digital Theatre
(2014)
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LA Theatre Works
(1988)
Audio Theatre
1953

True West

Sam Shepard
Often hailed as Sam Shepard’s masterpiece, True West deconstructs the damaged relationship between two estranged brothers who are striving for success.
Eugene O'Hare and Alex Ferns on the set of True West
Digital Theatre
(2014)
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LA Theatre Works
(2001)
Audio Theatre

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1980

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of William Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. Shakespeare combined theatricality, Greek mythology and the supernatural to create what is arguably his most playfully imaginative work.

 

On the eve of the wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta, four lovers find themselves at the mercy of the fairies in the Athenian woods. Interconnecting with a ramshackle group of players rehearsing a play for the celebrations, the stories and confusions interweave and finally resolve.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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British Council
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2013)
Audio Theatre
1595

A Rough in the Diamond

Jeff Santo
Three former big-league baseball players reunite at a fantasy camp and reveal funny and poignant secrets about their lives and careers.
LA Theatre Works
(1995)
Audio Theatre

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1995

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

A Woman of No Importance

Oscar Wilde
Devilishly attractive Lord Illingworth is notorious for his skill as a seducer. But he is still invited to all the “best” houses while his female conquests must hide their shame in seclusion.
LA Theatre Works
(1995)
Audio Theatre

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1893

After the Fall

Arthur Miller's autobiographical drama takes place inside the tortured mind of a 40-year-old lawyer. Quentin is haunted by his disastrous affair with a needy sex symbol, rumored to be based on Marilyn Monroe, Miller's second wife.
LA Theatre Works
(1999)
Audio Theatre

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1964

Agnes of God

John Pielmeier
Agnes is a devout, innocent young nun accused of infanticide. As a psychiatrist, herself a lapsed Catholic, and the Mother Superior struggle over Agnes’ fate, the play plunges deeply into the mystery of faith and the consequence of truth.
LA Theatre Works
(1999)
Audio Theatre

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1985

American Appetites

Joyce Carol Oates
The façade of an affluent suburban couple crumbles under the weight of tragedy and scandal. When Ian McCullough accidentally pushes his wife through a plate glass window during an argument, the American dream turns into a nightmare.
LA Theatre Works
(2000)
Audio Theatre

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1989