Among Shakespeare s plays, Hamlet is considered by many his masterpiece Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co directs a brillant ensemble performance Three
One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, he s urged on by the ruthless, single minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband s doubt But seeing the prophecy
Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is, Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia
In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona , with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the
Shakespeare s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What, then, keeps bringing us back to
In 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
Alternate Cover publisher Edition ISBN 0743482832 ISBN13 9780743482837 Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to
The past is a foreign country this is your guide We think of Queen Elizabeth I s reign 1558 1603 as a golden age But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay What would you eat
Readers and audiences have long greeted As You Like It with delight Its characters are brilliant conversationalists, including the princesses Rosalind and Celia and their Fool, Touchstone Soon after Rosalind and Orlando meet and fall in love, the princesses and Touchstone go into exile in the
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe s death in 1593 Two
In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare includes two quite different stories of romantic love Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to
Renowned as Shakespeare s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola.
The Oxford School Shakespeare has become the preferred introduction to the literary legacy of the greatest playwright in the English language This exclusive collection of the Bard s best works has been designed specifically for readers new to Shakespeare s rich literary legacy Each play is
Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke or Count Orsino Two other would be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.