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Alexander the Great

[Na] Leader of the Macedonians. Born in 356 bc, Alexander was tutored in his early years by Aristotle before succeeding his father Philip as king of Macedonia and the mainland of ...

Tom Thumb, a Tragedy

Tom Thumb, a Tragedy  

A farce by H. Fielding, performed and published 1730, and published in a different version 1731 under the title of The Tragedy of Tragedies, or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great. This is an ...
Puppet Show

Puppet Show  

AT: The Fairground Booth; Farce A: Aleksandr Blok Pf: 1906, St Petersburg Pb: 1906 Tr: 1950 G: Drama in 1 act; Russian prose and verse S: A room, early 20th c. C: 4m, 1f, extrasThe silent and ...
Next Time I'll Sing to You

Next Time I'll Sing to You  

A: James Saunders Pf: 1962, London Pb: 1963 G: Drama in 2 acts S: A theatre, c.1960 C: 4m, 1fMeff, a casual joker, and Dust, more serious and pedantic, have arrived for the rehearsal of a ...
Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus  

A: Christopher Marlowe (and others) Pf: c.1588, London Pb: 1604 (‘A’ text), 1616 (‘B’ text) G: Trag. in 1 act; blank verse and prose S: Wertenberg (= Wittenberg), Germany, and other locations in ...
Next Time I'll Sing to You

Next Time I'll Sing to You (1962)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...for the rehearsal of a philosophical play, but the director Rudge is late. They are joined by Lizzie, who claims that she is standing in for her identical twin sister, also called Lizzie. Rudge eventually arrives and plays a game of ‘verbal cricket’, while Lizzie wonders what she is doing amongst these eccentrics. When the Hermit arrives, the rehearsal can begin. The play is based on the life of Alexander James Mason , the Hermit of Great Canfield, Essex, who spent the last 36 years of his life alone in a hut almost without human contact. The Hermit...

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus (c.1588)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...with the Seven Deadly Sins. Mephistophilis takes Faust to the Pope's court in Rome, where Faust has fun stealing the Pope's food and causing general alarm. After another comic scene in which two lads meddle with magic, Faust visits the Emperor of Constantinople and fulfils his wish to see Alexander the Great and his paramour resurrected. After another comic interlude with a horse dealer, Faust entertains the Duke of Vanholt. After warnings from an Old Man, Faust now demands to see Helen of Troy, ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’. At last the hour of...

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