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Our detailed Study Guides are written by leading contemporary theatre practitioners and academics, illuminating the craft of the playwright and how text works on stage. Particular focus is given to analysis of key scenes and speeches with exploration of language, character, social and historical context.

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  • Stephen Sondheim - at a glance

  • Michael Morpurgo - at a glance

  • Henrik Ibsen - at a glance

  • Thomas Hardy - at a glance

  • Eugene O'Neill - at a glance

  • William Shakespeare - at a glance

  • Arthur Miller - at a glance

  • Exploring Physical Theatre

  • The Basics: The Building Blocks of Examination Drama

  • Understanding Drama

  • Approaches to Unseen Text

  • Devising Skills

  • Styletaster: Boal, Brecht, Brook

  • Styletaster: Artaud, Grotowski, Stanislavski

  • Antigone

  • Sam Shepard's Family Trilogy

  • The Taming of the Shew

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • True West

  • Henrik Ibsen Teacher Kit

  • Arthur Miller Teacher Kit

  • Death of a Salesman

  • The Crucible

  • Discovering Shakespeare: A Guide to WillShake's Henry V

  • Comparing Comedy: Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing

  • As You Like It: Compare and Contrast

  • Romeo and Juliet: Historical Context Workbook

  • Romeo and Juliet

  • Ghosts

  • Merrily We Roll Along

  • Private Lives

  • Beautiful Thing

  • Long Day's Journey into Night

  • King Lear

  • A Doll's House

  • Much Ado About Nothing

  • Billy the Kid

  • Macbeth

  • All My Sons

  • Into the Woods

  • As You Like It

  • The Comedy of Errors

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

  • Drama Plans Series - Year 9

  • Drama Plans Series - Year 7

  • Drama Plans Series - Year 8

  • Artaud Through Practice

  • Brecht Through Practice

  • Stanislavski Through Practice

  • Playhouse Creatures

  • Our Country's Good

  • A View from the Bridge

  • The Crucible

  • The Shadow of a Gunman

  • Blood Wedding

  • Yerma

  • Oh What a Lovely War

  • The Good Person of Szechwan

  • The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

  • Woyzeck

  • Lady Windermere's Fan

  • Three Sisters

  • The Seagull

  • A Doll's House

  • Hedda Gabler

  • Tartuffe

  • A Servant of Two Masters

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • The Taming of the Shrew

  • Doctor Faustus

  • Antigone

  • Lysistrata

  • The Trojan Women

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