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.
The Accrington Pals, based on the experiences of the East Lancashire 11th Battalion, tells the story of the young men who went to the Front in WW1 and the women they left behind.
John Webster's brooding tragedy is a typical Jacobean melodrama: a complex plot, splendid language and a great deal of violence, ending in the deaths of all the leading characters.
Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Earnest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic of contemporary Western literature. Dorian Gray, the subject of artist Basil Hallward's painting, becomes obsessed with his own vanity, and adopts a brand of hedonism that ultimately leads to his own misery and demise.
One of William Shakespeare’s earliest works, The Taming of the Shrew was written around the time of Titus Andronicus and the Henry VI plays.
Bianca has suitors falling at her feet, but her father will not let her marry before her older sister, the waspish Katherina. Alliances form and falter, vows are proclaimed and laws flouted as the suitor sets out to tame the shrew in Shakespeare's searing exploration of gender relations.
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.
Stylistically affiliated with Pericles and Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale takes Robert Greene’s prose romance Pandosto, or The Triumph of Time, as its source text, with a notable change to the ending.
The King of Sicilia becomes so unfoundedly obsessed with the supposed infidelity of his wife Hermione that he has her tried for treason and their newborn baby girl banished to a distant desert shore. The fallout is felt for years on both sides of the sea.
Twelfth Night is probably the last of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, and has affinities with several other plays such as the twin plot, as in The Comedy of Errors, and cross-dressing, as in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and As You Like It.
When she washes up on a strange shore, the only known survivor of a devastating shipwreck, Viola must disguise her true identity to survive as she enters the employ of the island's Duke Orsino.