You Never Can Tell

George Bernard Shaw
You Never Can Tell was originally born out of a bet that Shaw couldn’t write a “seaside comedy”, a popular theatrical genre at that time. The result is perhaps the most surprising of Shaw’s plays, complete with marital mayhem, tangled romance, and even doubtful dentistry. Despite the play’s lighthearted tone, it’s really another of Shaw’s brilliantly observed social treatises, this time in the guise of a light comedy.
LA Theatre Works
(2015)
Audio Theatre

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1897

Yerma

Frederico Garcia Lorca
Yerma translates as 'barren'. Lorca's tragic heroine is a woman on the edge, driven to dark and desperate depths by her unfulfilled, aching desire for a child. Amongst the spaniard's greatest works, the story is haunting, harrowing and timeless.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

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1993

Wozzeck

Alban Berg
London Symphony Orchestra
(2015)
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1922

Woyzeck

Georg Büchner
Georg Bucher's tragic tale follows the decline of his anti-hero, Woyzeck, as he is sacrificed to powers so much greater than himself, amidst a penetrating ethical and philosophical examination of war, medicine, science, social conscience and self.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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1879

World Theatre Day

Here, Digital Theatre’s Publishing Manager Harriet Affleck has brought together a selection of productions, interviews and essays to stimulate debate about the meaning and value of theatre.
Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible (© Jay Brooks)
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Production
Talawa
(2016)
Production
The Container by Clare Bayley
Digital Theatre
(2009)
Production
A Disappearing Number, Complicite
Complicité
(2008)
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War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells
The breathless pace and convincing details of H.G. Wells' classic radio thriller make it clear why the 1938 broadcast of an "eyewitness report" of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic.
LA Theatre Works
(2009)
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1898

Virgin Territory

Virgin Territory Film Installation
Vincent Dance Theatre
(2017)
Production
Virgin Territory on Stage
Vincent Dance Theatre
(2016)
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2017

Verna: USO Girl

Albert Innaurato
Verna, a kindhearted - but not particularly talented - member of a performing troupe in World War Two Belgium, is convinced that an international USO tour is the route to superstardom.
Sissy Spacek stars as Verna: USO Girl in Paul Gallico's teleplay
Broadway Digital Archive
(1978)
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1978

Uncle Vanya

Anton Checkov
In this classic of Chekhov’s canon, an overbearing professor pays a visit to his country estate, where Sonya and Vanya, his daughter and former brother-in-law, have slaved to maintain his wealth. But Vanya is enchanted by the professor’s new wife, while Sonya has fallen for the town’s melancholy doctor.
LA Theatre Works
(2013)
Audio Theatre

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1897

Typecaste

Vijay Tendulkar
This CinePlay adaptation of Vijay Tendulkar’s play, Jaat Hi Pucho Sadhu Ki, highlights the various issues that can arise from being of a lower caste.
CinePlay
(2015)
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2015

Two-Tone

Arzhang Pezhman
10by10 is a project developed and produced by Eclipse Theatre - Britain's leading black-led national touring company. 10 writers. 10 cities. 10 films. Wolverhampton: Ash and Raj pass the time smoking and swapping small talk.
Eclipse Theatre
(2012)
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2012

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare

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.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
British Council
(2016)
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1601

Turandot

Giacomo Puccini
Set in China, a mysterious Prince must solve three riddles posed by the cold and defensive Princess Turandot if he is to win her heart and avoid public execution. Turandot contains one of opera's most famous arias, 'Nessun Dorma'.
Luana DeVol as the title character, Princess Turandot
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2000)
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1924

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)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(2001)
Audio Theatre

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1980

Troilus and Cressida

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's reworking of Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde features the legendary likes of Ulysses, Achilles and Helen, and also draws on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It is generally considered a ‘problem play’, alongside Measure for Measure and All’s Well that Ends Well.

 

With the Trojan War at a stalemate, the city of Troy besieged by squabbling Greeks and the inhabitants themselves disillusioned with the cause, the prince Troilus is distracted by his love for the beautiful Cressida.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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