Qui a tué le roi Hamlet ? Sa veuve, la reine Gertrude ? Son frère Claudius, devenu roi en épousant la veuve ? Le jeune prince Hamlet, visité par le fantôme de son père, les soupçonne tous deux... "Il est admis par tous qu'Hamlet est plus vivant qu'un homme qui passe." Alfred Jarry.
Promised a golden future as ruler of Scotland by three sinister witches, Macbeth murders the king to ensure his ambitions come true. But he soon learns the meaning of terror killing once, he must kill again and again, and the dead return to haunt him.
«Ma conscience a mille langues, et chaque langue raconte une histoire, et chaque histoire me condamne comme scélérat. Le parjure, le parjure, au plus haut degré, le meurtre, le meurtre cruel, au plus atroce degré, tous les crimes, poussés au suprême degré, se pressent à la barre criant tous :
Coupable ! coupable !» Ô roi criminel, maître des cruautés et des traîtrises, la démesure de ton ambition t'a fait commettre les pires violences.
Souviens-toi de tes victimes, le roi Henry VI, Clarence, son frère, les deux jeunes innocents exécutés dans la tour de Londres, Buckingham et tant d'autres ; crains leur vengeance, car après le crime vient le châtiment, Marguerite l'a prédit...
Il s'agit d'une nouvelle version pour la scène de Rémi De Vos et Éric Vigner. Plus qu'une traduction, plus qu'une adaptation, c'est une véritable recomposition qui est proposée et sur laquelle le traducteur et le metteur en scène s'expliquent dans deux textes introductifs.
Cette nouvelle composition sera créée le 6 octobre au Théâtre de Lorient et le 6 novembre à l'Odéon.
L'ouvrage est complété par un texte brillant de Stéphane Patrice qui analyse l'oeuvre en termes historiques et philosophiques et met en évidence ses résonnances actuelles, en particulier avec le théâtre de Koltès.
A young man and woman meet by chance and fall instantly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy.
Performed variously as escapist fantasy, celebratory fiction, and political allegory, The Tempest is one of the plays in which William Shakespeare's genius as a poetic dramatist found its fullest expression. This Penguin Shakespeare edition is edited with an introduction by Martin Butler. 'How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!' A storm rages. Prospero, his daughter Miranda, and his monstrous servant Caliban watch from their desert island as a ship carrying the royal family is wrecked. Miraculously, all on board survive. Plotting, mistaken identities, bewitching love and drunkenness follow as the travellers explore the strange place of spirits and monsters on which they have landed. They soon begin to realize all is not as it seems, in a play whose magical setting and classical unity of time and place have inspired films as varied as Forbidden Planet , Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books , and Julie Taymor's The Tempest , starring Helen Mirren as 'Prospera'. This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to The Tempest , a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary. If you enjoyed The Tempest , you might like The Merchant of Venice , also available in Penguin Shakespeare. 'Shakespeare, coming upon me unawares, struck me like a thunderbolt' Hector Berlioz
Paré de toutes les vertus royales et chevaleresques, Henry V est le héros par excellence. Chef militaire vainqueur, soutenant l'assaut au milieu de ses troupes, il sait aussi courtiser Catherine de France, qu'il épouse pour sceller la paix retrouvée. Mais l'apparat glorieux de la geste épique ne parvient pas à faire oublier les implications tragiques du pouvoir royal et de ses responsabilités.
A vivacious woman and a high-spirited man both claim that they are determined never to marry. But when their friends trick them into believing that each harbours secret feelings for the other, they begin to question whether their witty banter and sharp-tongued repartee conceals something deeper.
An ageing king makes a capricious decision to divide his realm among his three daughters according to the love they express for him. When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in this charade, she is banished, leaving the king dependent on her manipulative and untrustworthy sisters.
Du fameux Camp du Drap d'Or, où Henry VIII rencontre François I- en 1520, jusqu'au baptême d'Elizabeth I" en 1533, la dernière pièce historique de Shakespeare relate trois chutes successives : celle du duc de Buckingham (exécuté le 17 mai 1521), celle du cardinal Wolsey, et celle de la Reine, Catherine d'Aragon, répudiée par Henry VIII qui, désireux de se donner un héritier mâle et d'épouser Anne Boleyn, rompt avec la papauté pour faire annuler son mariage.
William Shakespeare's exuberant comedy As You Like It is his playful take on the Renaissance tradition of pastoral romance, edited by H.J. Oliver with an introduction by Katherine Duncan-Jones. 'All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players' When Rosalind is banished by her uncle Duke Frederick, who has usurped her father's throne, she flees to the forest of Arden where her exiled father holds court. There, dressed as a boy to avoid discovery, she encounters the man she loves - Orlando, similarly forced into exile by his older brother Oliver - and resolves to remain in disguise to test his feelings or her. A gloriously sunny comedy, As You Like It is an exuberant combination of concealed identities and verbal jousting, reconciliations and multiple weddings. This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to As You Like It , a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote about 38 plays (the precise number is uncertain), many of which are regarded as the most exceptional works of drama ever produced, including Romeo and Juliet (1595), Henry V (1599), Hamlet (1601), Othello (1604), King Lear (1606) and Macbeth (1606), as well as a collection of 154 sonnets, which number among the most profound and influential love-poetry in English. If you enjoyed As You Like It , you might like Much Ado About Nothing , also available in Penguin Shakespeare. 'At once sublime poet and master dramatist' Simon Callow
Twelfth Night , in the popular Oxford School Shakespeare series, updated with a fresh new look.
Twelfth Night is a popular text for study by secondary students the world over. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes.
Features Full accessible notes ideal for students Additional information and reading lists A range of illustrations, both decorative and explanatory A school edition that is both accessible and academically rigorous
The jealous King of Sicily becomes convinced that his wife is carrying the child of his best friend. Imprisoned and put on trial, the Queen collapses when the King refuses to accept the divine confirmation of her innocence. The child is abandoned to die on the coast of Bohemia.
A tragedy of doomed love between an Egyptian queen and a ruler of Rome, William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is edited by Emrys Jones with an introduction by Rene Weis in Penguin Shakespeare. 'Eternity was in our lips and eyes, Bliss in our brows' bent' A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for Cleopatra, the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the encroaching politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences. This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to Antony and Cleopatra , a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary. If you enjoyed Antony and Cleopatra , you might like Coriolanus , also available in Penguin Shakespeare. 'A kind of perfection, a sort of magic' Patrick Stewart