Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The authoritative edition of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers. In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James’s belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft. In depicting a man who murders to become king, Macbeth teases us with huge questions. Is Macbeth tempted by fate, or by his or his wife’s ambition? Why does their success turn to ashes? Like other plays, Macbeth speaks to each generation. Its story was once seen as that of a hero who commits an evil act and pays an enormous price. Recently, it has been applied to nations that overreach themselves and to modern alienation. The line is blurred between Macbeth’s evil and his opponents’ good, and there are new attitudes toward both witchcraft and gender. The edition includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0743477109
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches

                 

2. The Importance of Being Earnest


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

Here is Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London's St. James' Theatre on February 14, 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation. From the play's effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff's London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing's country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment.

  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.; 1st edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0486264783

                 

3. Othello


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The authoritative edition of Othello from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers. In Othello , Shakespeare creates powerful drama from a marriage between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona that begins with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and death. Shakespeare builds many differences into his hero and heroine, including race, age, and cultural background. Yet most readers and audiences believe the couple’s strong love would overcome these differences were it not for Iago, who sets out to destroy Othello. Iago’s false insinuations about Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s horrifying verbal and physical assaults. This 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 play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (July 1, 1993)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0743477550
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches

                 

4. A Midsummer Night's Dream


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (mechanicals), who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-1512095708
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.22 x 9 inches

                 

5. Monstrous Regiment


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men. Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess, her family's inn, even though the revered national deity, Nuggan, has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination. To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man's army. Polly is afraid that someone will see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the legendary Sergeant Jackrum accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is too desperate to discriminate, which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends" are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. Soon, Polly finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks is not the only grunt with a secret.

  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays, British & Irish

                 



6. The Crucible


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

  • Author: Stacy Keach
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Genres & Styles, Drama

                 

7. A Man for All Seasons: A Play in Two Acts


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The classic dramatization of Sir Thomas More's historic conflict with Henry VIII—a compelling portrait of a courageous man who died for his convictions. Sir Thomas More—the brilliant nobleman, lawyer, humanist, author of such works as Utopia— was a long-time friend and favorite of Henry VIII, ascending to the position of Lord Chancellor in 1529. Yet he was also a staunch Catholic, and when Henry broke with the Church in 1531 after the Pope had refused to grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, More resigned the Chancellorship. In 1534, Parliament passed a bill requiring all subjects to take an oath acknowledging the supremacy of England's king over all foreign sovereigns—including the Pope. More refused, was imprisoned, and finally was executed in 1535. An enduring modern classic, A Man for All Seasons "challenges the mind, and, in the end, touches the heart" ( New York Times ).

  • Author: Robert Bolt
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (April 14, 1990)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Historical
  • ISBN: 978-0679728221
  • Dimensions: 5.16 x 0.51 x 7.96 inches

                 

8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatized)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The most useful advice ever given, 'Don't panic', can be found within the 'Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. The day aliens demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass is the day when Arthur Dent realises the futility of such advice.

  • Author: Douglas Adams
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays, British & Irish

                 

9. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! The Comedies A Midsummer Night's Dream All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It Love’s Labour ’s Lost Measure for Measure Much Ado About Nothing The Comedy of Errors The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor The Taming of the Shrew The Two Gentlemen of Verona Twelfth Night; or, What you will The Romances Cymbeline Pericles, Prince of Tyre The Tempest The Winter's Tale The Tragedies King Lear Romeo and Juliet The History of Troilus and Cressida The Life and Death of Julius Caesar The Life of Timon of Athens The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra The Tragedy of Coriolanus The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice Titus Andronicus The Histories The Life and Death of King John The Life and Death of King Richard the Second The Tragedy of King Richard the Third The first part of King Henry the Fourth The second part of King Henry the Fourth The Life of King Henry V The first part of King Henry the Sixth The second part of King Henry the Sixth The third part of King Henry the Sixth The Life of King Henry the Eighth The Poetical Works The Sonnets Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music A Lover's Complaint The Rape of Lucrece Venus and Adonis The Phoenix and the Turtle The Passionate Pilgrim

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: FB Publishing (September 9, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry

                 

10. Sea Wall / A Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Dramas & Plays - August 2021

Meet Alex, a photographer on a holiday with his family in the south of France. Meet Abe, a music producer with a baby on the way. Two men - both fathers, husbands, and sons - take us on a journey you will never forget. The finest actors of their generation, Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal ( Sunday in the Park with George ) and Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge ( 1984 ), had audiences roaring to their feet during the sold-out Broadway engagement. Now Sea Wall / A Life , a dramatic exploration of transformative love and devastating loss, comes to Audible.

  • Author: Simon Stephens
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays, British & Irish