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The Greeks have entered Troy in the Wooden Horse, razed the city to the ground and killed most of Queen Hecuba's family. Now she mourns, wondering what catastrophe will strike her next. So she sends her son Polydorus into the safekeeping of the King of Thrace and guards her daughter Polyxena tightly. But then the ghost of the Greek hero Achilles rises from the grave and demands the death of Polyxena as a sacrifice to the Gods so that the winds will die down and allow the Greek fleet to return home. The great Greek tragedian Euripides wrote Hecuba in Athens in about 424BC at a point where he was becoming increasingly disillusioned with the futility of war. It remains one of the greatest anti-war plays of all time, a thrilling and emotional cry of fury against treachery and greed.
Shakespeare's patriotic history play about the warrior-king. Henry V leads the English to victory at Agincourt and afterwards is taught the words of love by the French Princess, Katherine. A vivid depiction of the horrors of war and a romantic, fast-moving story.
The Christian rulers of the island of Malta are in heavy debt to the Turks. In order to raise the requisite sum. Barabas, a rich Jewish merchant, is deprived of his wealth, his house and his possessions. Ruined and humiliated, he answers treachery with treachery and embarks on a course of indiscriminate revenge with both tragic and farcical results.
In a world of intrigue, duplicity and gossip is it possible to find true love? Man about town, Valentine Legend, is in love with the wealthy heiress, Angelica, but there's a problem. Having spent all his money on extravagant living he is now being disinherited by his curmudgeonly father, Sir Sampson, who wants him to sign over his inheritance to his younger brother Ben, a sailor who is also looking for love. Meanwhile, sisters Mrs Frail and Mrs Foresight are busy in town looking for men to give them what their husbands cannot. In the midst of these various intrigues Angelica strives to make true love win through. One of the most popular plays of its day, Love For Love has all the hallmarks of great Restoration Comedy. Theatrical wit and farce abound in this tale of mistaken identities, disguise, deception, lust and love.
Written around 1596 and the first Shakespeare to be preformed professionally in America (New York, 1752). A man needs money to pursue a rich heiress (Portia) and approaches his friend Antonio - but unable to lend it Antonio approaches the Jewish moneylender Shylock. Shylock hates Antonio because of his Christian contempt for usury so offers a contract wherebty if the money is not repaid he may take a pound of flesh instead. The quality of mercy is not strained as Shylock is foiled out of his pound of flesh by Portia dressed as a man. A dark comedy exploring greed and racism.
Othello, a Moor, falls in love with Desdemona but is broken by jealousy falsely encouraged. Shakespeare's most human play sets delicacy and power, trust and jealousy, love and hate, good and evil in stark and tragic opposition. Powerless in the face of their own self destructive instincts, the characters are caught on a downward spiral towards inevitable tragedy.
1702. William III is on the throne and England is on the verge of war. Princess Anne is soon to become Queen and her advisors vie for influence over the future monarch. Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, a close friend with whom Anne has an intensely personal relationship, begins to exert increasing pressure as she pursues her own designs on power. Contending with deceit and blackmail, Anne must decide where her allegiances lie, and whether to sacrifice her closest relationships for the sake of the country.
Flamboyant, fearless and utterly amoral, Volpone, 'the old fox', robs men of their wealth, their wives and their wits. One of the most popular of Jonson's plays, this classic comedy savagely dissects a society governed by corruption and convention, and explores the nature of the 'self-made man'.