The 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity To The Present by Michael BillingtonThe 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity To The Present by Michael Billington

The 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity To The Present

byMichael Billington

Paperback | October 25, 2016

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Having surveyed post-war British drama in State of the Nation, Michael Billington now looks at the global picture. In this provocative and challenging new book, he offers his highly personal selection of the 101 greatest plays ranging from the Greeks to the present-day.

But his book is no mere list. Billington justifies his choices in extended essays- and even occasional dialogues- that put the plays in context, explain their significance and trace their performance history. In the end, it's a book that poses an infinite number of questions. What makes a great play? Does the definition change with time and circumstance? Or are certain common factors visible down the ages? It's safe to say that it's a book that, in revising the accepted canon, is bound to stimulate passionate argument and debate.

Everyone will have strong views on Billington's chosen hundred and one and will be inspired to make their own selections. But, coming from Britain's longest-serving theatre critic, these essays are the product of a lifetime spent watching and reading plays and record the adventures of a soul amongst masterpieces.

Michael Billington has been theatre critic of the Guardian since 1971 and of Country Life since 1986. He is the author of biographies of Harold Pinter and Peggy Ashcroft, critical studies of Tom Stoppard and Alan Ayckbourn, of a celebration of Ken Dodd, a collection of reviews, One Night Stands, State of the Nation: British Theatre sin...
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Title:The 101 Greatest Plays: From Antiquity To The PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.12 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:Faber & Faber AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1783350318

ISBN - 13:9781783350315

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