King Lear, first performed in 1606, is considered by many to be William Shakespeare’s finest tragedy. It draws on many of the same sources as the history plays, but also contains elements of classic fairy tales.
Lear is dividing his kingdom between his three daughters based upon their flattery when telling of their love for him. Cordelia’s honesty leads him to banish her from his kingdom, and madness descends upon the ageing king.
Imprisoned in a cage and desperate to escape, the ape-man reveals his rise through the ranks of the beasts to become a walking, talking, spitting, smoking, hard-drinking man of the stage.
This CinePlay adaptation of Vijay Tendulkar's Marathi play focuses on the effects of the class system in India.
Willy Russell’s first play was written when he was training to be a teacher and debuted at the Edinburgh Festival with two others plays, Playground and Sam O’Shanker.
As conditions deteriorated in 1930s Germany, a British humanitarian effort saw about 10,000 Jewish children relocated to live with families in the United Kingdom, without their parents. This passage to freedom became known as Kindertransport.
William Shakespeare’s King John depicts a period from 1199, in which the monarch holds a tenuous grip on his rule. It draws on Holinshed’s Chronicles but with a notable addition in the form of Falconbridge the bastard.
Richard the Lionheart is dead and his younger brother, John, has succeeded him as King of England. Unrest stirs on both sides of the channel as Bastards and Bretons challenge the succession, marshalling the opportunity to seize power for themselves.
This CinePlay adaptation of Vivek Bele’s play follows seven friends who are forced to question each other’s loyalty.
Ukrainian cult author Andrey Kurkov takes on the absurdities of life in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia.