Into the Woods

Stephen Sondheim
The popular tales of Red Ridinghood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife. This re-telling, though, goes beyond 'happily ever after' as the characters find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
Production
(2010)

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King Lear

William Shakespeare

When the honest and earnest Cordelia refuses to make a public declaration of her love for the king, her father, she is unceremoniously banished from a country and a family that fast fall into treachery and chaos. King Lear is counted among Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.

King Lear at the Almeida with Jonathan Pryce
Production
(2012)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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James Earl Jones as King Lear
Broadway Digital Archive
(1974)
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Macbeth

William Shakespeare

When three 'weyard sisters' appear to the heroic Scottish general, Macbeth, prophesying that he will become, first Thane of Cawdor, and then king of all Scotland, he and his wife are set on a murderously ambitious path. The death, deceit and destruction that ensue wreak havoc on the couple's fragile minds. Macbeth is counted among Shakespeare's greatest tragedies.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Production
(2011)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Production

Much Ado about Nothing

William Shakespeare

Beatrice and Benedick fuel their mutual distain with jade's tricks and sparring, dancing their dislike through the merry wedding arrangements of Beatrice's cousin Hero and the young captain Claudius. When Hero, though, is slandered, they must turn their wits to a more meaningful purpose. Much Ado about Nothing is counted among Shakespeare's High Comedies.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Production
(2011)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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Sam Waterston as Benedick lying down in a small, green and white rowing boat surrounded by greenery
Broadway Digital Archive
(1974)
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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.
Production
(2013)
LA Theatre Works
(1994)
Audio Production

The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare

One of Shakespeare's earliest comedies is a classic tale of mistaken identities. When two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, arrive simultaneously on the island of Ephesus, a comedy of errors ensues.

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and produced by the RSC and Told by an Idiot
Production
(2009)
BBC Studios
(1978)
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The Crucible

Arthur Miller's dark and dangerous exploration of human nature uses a semi-fictionalised account of The Salem Witch Trials to allegorise the Communist Witch Hunt that engulfed America during the second Red Scare in the 1950s.
Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible (© Jay Brooks)
Production
(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(1988)
Audio Production

True West

Sam Shepard
Screenwriter Austin has sold a script to a Hollywood producer, who his brother Lee convinces to ditch Austin’s love story for his own trashy Western. Now they must work together to secure the deal. A modern classic by one of America’s most renowned living playwrights, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.
Eugene O'Hare and Alex Ferns on the set of True West
Production
(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(2001)
Audio Production

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare
The battle of wit and will raging between the fairy Queen and King, Titania and Oberon, sees the worlds of men and magic collide in one of Shakespeare's most beloved and narratively complex plays. A Midsummer Night's Dream is counted among Shakespeare's High Comedies.
David Daniels and Ofelia Sala in the Gran Teatre del Liceu's vivid imagining of Britten's operatic take on a Shakespearean classic
Gran Teatre del Liceu
(2005)
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Antigone

Sophocles .
Antigone is the narrative conclusion of Sophocles' three Theban Plays, dealing with the the fates of Oedipus and his offspring. Denied the rite by the state to bury her battle-fallen brother, Antigone is compelled to defy her city and her king, in order to fulfil her duty to family and to the gods.
BBC Studios
(1986)
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Genevieve Bujold as Antigone
Broadway Digital Archive
(1974)
Production
LA Theatre Works
(2005)
Audio Production

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Beautiful Thing

Jonathan Harvey
Growing up on a South East London estate has not encouraged Jamie to be open about his sexuality, either with his preoccupied and fanciful mother, Sandra, or his crush, Ste. As their relationship begins to blossom in the midst of a world of drugs, dealing and denial, this penetrating drama explores what it means to strive for an identity on the fringes of society and its acceptance.
Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey starring Suranne Jones
Production
(2013)

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Billy the Kid

Michael Morpurgo
The only thing Billy ever wanted to do was play for Chelsea and his dream came true when he was signed by the club to become a champion striker for the first team. But that was 1939 and with the outbreak of the Second World War, Billy’s life changed forever.
Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo
Production
(2011)

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Death of a Salesman

In 1949 New York, Willy Loman, a travelling salesman the wrong side of middle-age, returns home from another fruitless trip, to a loyal but depleted wife and two fully-grown sons who seem destined for lives of similar disappointment. Arthur Miller's tragic Twentieth-century drama is a damning indictment of the American Dream, relentlessly peddled to a nation wilfully and desperately blind to its fallacy.
Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman
Broadway Digital Archive
(1966)
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy
Having inherited her father's farm, a spirited and feisty young woman, Bathsheba, finds herself playing mistress in a man's world. Thomas Hardy's iconic story explores the conflicts and complications of victorian pastoral society.
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Production
(2010)

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Merrily We Roll Along

Stephen Sondheim
Sondheim's time-hopping tale follows hotshot Hollywood producer, Franklin Shepard, and the talented duo he once called friends, as we travel backwards through time to see how dreams are abandoned along with friendships. The musical Merrily We Roll Along is based on George S. Kaufman's 1934 play of the same name.
Study Guide
(2014)

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