An epic play in two acts, The Siege was commissioned by the National Playwright Commissioning Group and written especially for performance in schools. It tells the story of the Swados family, citizens of Arden, a town under siege. Working in collaboration with teenagers from schools across the UK, Adrian Mitchell has created a vibrant and topical text which speaks with the voices of young people. The expertise and talent of thousands has been shared under the guidance of a leading playwright and the internationally famous composer, Andrew Dickson.
Just Adrian is a patchwork tour of a legendary playwright, poet and activist’s life in the theatre. It is a fascinating first-hand account of groundbreaking productions featuring figures like Kenneth Tynan, Peter Brook and Peter Hall as well as adventures in alternative theatre. These writings explore Adrian’s many interests, from drama for children to musical theatre, in a voice that combines playful irreverence with compassion and insight. Taken together, they are a funny, moving testament to a great theatre lover. “A window into the soft and beautiful genius that was Adrian Mitchell.” – Camden New Journal “A tribute, an autobiography and a quirky portrait.” – The Stage
A celebrated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of friendship and loyalty. Gerda and Kai are faithful companions until one day Kai is snatched away by the wicked Snow Queen. Gerda sets out across the frozen wastes to rescue her friend. During her treacherous journey she encounters many strange and wonderful characters: some of them try to stop her finding Kai, and others help her on her way.
When this adaptation of C. S. Lewis’s classic children’s story opened at the RSC Stratford in November 1998, it received rave reviews and broke box office records. Four children are evacuated from London during the Blitz. While exploring the Professor’s house, they stumble across the gateway to another world, and the adventure begins. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch, and the four very quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle between good and evil.
This title examines late-17th century ways of comprehending an ever-expanding world by re-evaluating the travel journals of buccaneer William Dampier. Also included in this volume is a transcript of Dampier's journal of his voyage in the South Seas from 1681 to 1691.
Includes the plays: The Mayor of Zalamea, Life's a Dream, The Great Theatre of the World In The Mayor of Zalamea, commissioned by the Royal National Theatre, peasants’ honour clashes with military discipline. Life’s a Dream is Calderón’s most famous philosophical play. The Great Theatre of the World is an allegorical work that would originally have been performed in the street to the accompaniment of music and dancing.
Introduction by Nicholas Dromgoole. Both plays are highly charged emotional works, full of Lope de Vega’s vitality. This adaptation of Fuente Ovejuna was performed in Declan Donnellan’s directorial debut at the Royal National Theatre.