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A midsummer night's dream

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a Comedy written by English playwright William Shakespeare, who is widely considered to be the greatest writer of the English language. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a play that takes place in Athens, and is about a marriage being planned vetween Theseus and Hippolyta. The King of Fairies, Oberon, decides to play a trick on Queen Titanai to make her fall in love with the first thing she sees. Through a series of mishaps, this trick ends up being played on the wrong person. This is an important work if Shakespeares, and is highly recommended for fans of his works as well as those discovering his plays for the first time.

Editions:3882  Date:1594 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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The merchant of Venice

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bIn this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth-century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds. He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender. When Antonio's business falters, repayment becomes impossibleand by the terms of the loan agreement, Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonios flesh. Portia cleverly intervenes, and all ends well (except of course for Shylock).

Editions:4052  Date:1597 - 2022  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Comedy plays, Comedy plays, Drama

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As you like it

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

As You Like It has sometimes seemed a subversive play that exposes the instability of gender roles and traditional values. In other eras it has been prized - or derided - as a reliable celebration of conventional social mores. The play's ability to compass these extremes tells an interesting story about changing cultural and theatrical practices. This edition provides a detailed history of the play in production, both on stage and on screen. The introduction examines how changing conceptions of gender roles have affected the portrayal of Rosalind, one of Shakespeare's greatest comic heroines. The striking differences between the British tradition and the freer treatment the play has received abroad are discussed, as well as the politics of court versus country. The commentary, printed alongside the New Cambridge edition of the text, draws on primary sources to illuminate how costuming, stage business, design, and directorial choices have shaped the play in performance.--Publisher description.

Editions:2678  Date:0601 - 2508  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Pastoral drama, Pastoral drama, Pastoral drama

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Much ado about nothing

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Shakespeare''s comedy play Much Ado About Nothing pivots around the impediments to love for young betrothed Hero and Claudio when Hero is falsely accused of infidelity and the ""lover''s trap"" set for the arrogant and assured Benedick who has sworn of marriage and his gentle adversary Beatrice. The merry war between Benedick and Beatrice with the promptings of their friends soon dissolves into farcical love, while Hero''s supposed infidelity is shown to be little more...

Editions:1870  Date:1598 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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The taming of the shrew

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

In one of Shakespeares bawdier comedies, contemporary audiences still take great pleasure in the rapid-fire verbal battles between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, determined to subdue Katharinas legendary temper and win her dowry.

Editions:1844  Date:1594 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Comedy plays, Drama, Comedy plays

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Twelfth night, or, What you will

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

‡bTwelfth Night is one of Shakespeares funniest plays and also one of his most romantic. A young noblewoman, Viola, shipwrecked in a foreign land and separated from her twin brother, dresses as a man in order to enter the service of Orsino, duke of Illyria. Complications ensuedeceptions, infatuations, misdirected overtures, malevolent pranksas everyone is drawn into the hilarious confusion.

Editions:1450  Date:1500 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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The comedy of errors

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Farce about two pairs of twins involved in an elaborate series of mistaken identities.

Editions:1286  Date:1593 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Comedy plays, Comedy plays, Drama

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Measure for measure

by:Shakespeare, William

This play examines the nature of mercy and justice, proposing that a good government is one that is flexible and based on common sense.

Editions:1381  Date:1604 - 2020  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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Love's labor's lost

by:Shakespeare, William

Ferdinand, the king of Navarre, and three of his noblemen, are all dedicated to the study and the renunciation of women. These four meet the princess of France and her three attendants, and, inevitably, the men abandon their absurd principles.

Editions:1096  Date:1593 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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All's well that ends well

by:Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

This play concerns the efforts of Helena, daughter of a renowned physician, to make Bertram, the Count of Rousillon, her husband.

Editions:960  Date:1603 - 2021  Genre(s):Drama, Comedies, Drama

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