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Description - Whelan Plays by Peter Whelan

The first collection of plays by one of Britain's most acclaimed contemporary playwrights THE ACCRINGTON PALS The young men of a Lancashire mill town leave their homes and lovers for the trenches of the Somme. A moving and often comic evocation of the suffering of the women they left behind. THE HERBAL BED Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613, and Susannah, eldest daughter of William Shakespeare must defend her good name when she is slandered by her husband's servant. Whelan's entertaining exploration of morality and desire, set in the post-Elizabethan era. THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT Charged with treason and heresy Christopher Marlowe is on the run from the law. As he sits in the Rose Theatre, hiding, and composing his greatest lyric, Marlowe reflects upon the intrigues that have brought him to the brink of ruin, and contemplates his escape from England before the inevitable and mysterious bar-room brawl that will end his life on 30 May 1593." I can't call to mind any male playwright since Chekhov in the Three Sisters who has presented the loves, longings and sufferings of women with such humour and poignancy" - New Statesman "Whelan is a writer who gets more interesting with every play" - Guardian

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780413773050
ISBN-10: 0413773051
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 19-Jun-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Whelan

Peter Whelan is an award-winning playwright who has been producing modern classic plays since the 1970s. He began his career in advertising and short film scripting before starting to write for the stage. In 1996 he was appointed an Honorary Artistic Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His numerous plays include A Revoultionary Marriage, The Earthly Paradise, A Russian in the Woods, Overture, Divine Right, The Herbal Bed, Shakespeare Country, The Night Before the Morning After Show and The School of Night.

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