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The Plays of Samuel Beckett Katherine Weiss UK: October 2012 US: December 2012

The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh Patrick Lonergan UK: February 2012 US: April 2012

Stephen Poliakoff on Stage and Screen Robin Nelson UK: May 2012 US: July 2012

Katherine Weiss’ admirably clear study of Beckett’s work provides the perfect companion, illuminating each play and Beckett’s vision, and investigating his experiments with the body, voice and technology. It includes in-depth studies of the major works and features a series of essays by other scholars and practitioners offering different critical perspectives on Beckett in performance that will inform students’ own critical thinking. Together with a series of resources including a chronology, glossary of theoretical and technical terms and a list of further reading, this is ideal for all students and readers of Beckett’s work. Katherine Weiss is Assistant Professor of Modern Drama in the Department of English, East Tennessee State University, USA. 272pp • 216mmx135mm Paperback: 9781408145579 • £14.99/$24.95 Hardback: 9781408157305 • £55.00/$100.00 E-IND: 9781408145593 • £14.99/$24.95 Institutional e-books: see your vendor

Also Available: Ten Ways of Thinking about Samuel Beckett Enoch Brater Paperback: 9781408137222 • £16.99/$25.95

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This is a highly readable and illuminating analysis of McDonagh’s career to date that will appeal to the legions of fans of his stage plays and the films Six Shooter and In Bruges. Patrick Lonergan provides a detailed analysis of each of his plays and films, their original staging, critical reception, and the connections within and between the work. It includes an interview with Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre Company, and offers four critical essays on key features of McDonagh’s work by leading international scholars: Joan Fitzpatrick Dean, Eamonn Jordan, Jose Lanters and Karen O’Brien. Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. 272pp • 216mmx135mm Paperback: 9781408136119 • £14.99/$24.95 Hardback: 9781408160596 • £55.00/$100.00 E-IND: 9781408136126 • £14.99/$24.95 Institutional e-books: see your vendor

This book is the first to offer a comprehensive overview of Poliakoff’s work for stage and screen and a framework for its critical evaluation. Robin Nelson locates Poliakoff’s distinctive vision and fierce independence as a writer and director in both personal and public histories and against industry contexts. He charts Poliakoff’s ‘meteoric rise’ as a playwright, and his ‘second starburst’ in television drama since Shooting the Past (1999) which reaffirmed his reputation as a dramatist of distinction. The book covers ‘issue dramas’, ‘quirky strong women’ and ‘histories/memories’ as well as Poliakoff’s early developing dramaturgy, and it examines in detail the later feature films and television dramas which have secured his reputation as our most distinctive television dramatist. Robin Nelson is Visiting Professor at the University of London (CSSD) and Emeritus Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. 272pp • 216mmx135mm Paperback: 9781408131084 • £14.99/$24.95 E-IND: 9781408145920 Institutional e-books: see your vendor

Modern British Theatre in 100 Plays Kate Dorney UK: September 2012 US: November 2012

Rewriting the Nation British Theatre Today Aleks Sierz UK: January 2011 US: March 2011

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights Edited by: Martin Middeke, Peter Paul Schnierer & Aleks Sierz UK: October 2011 US: December 2011

Published in collaboration with the V&A, Modern British Theatre in 100 Plays explores the best and most influential plays from 1945 to date. Fully illustrated with photos from the V&A’s collections, the book includes essays, review excerpts, plot summaries, extracts and insight into stage and costume designs. Essays written by Kate Dorney, Curator of the V&A’s Contemporary Theatre Collections, explore trends by decade and discuss the plot, intent and impact of each play. There are also short pieces by high profile industry figures, including Trevor Nunn, Diana Rigg, Judi Dench and Timothy West. Kate Dorney is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria & Albert Theatre Collections, London, UK. She is the author of The Changing Language of Modern English Drama 1945-2005. 192pp • 276mmx219mm Hardback: 9781408164808 • £25.00 E-IND: 9781408177921

“Sierz’s fluent, up-to-date new study is further proof that he is one of British theatre’s leading critics.”

Times Literary Supplement

This is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best new British stage plays to emerge in the new millennium. It provides an in-depth exploration of the industry and of the key plays and playwrights. It opens by defining what is meant by ‘new writing’ and providing a study of the leading theatres. In the second part, Sierz provides a fascinating survey of the main issues that have characterized new plays in the first decade of the new century, such as foreign policy and war overseas, economic boom and bust, divided communities and questions of identity and race. Aleks Sierz is a freelance theatre reviewer and visiting Professor at Rose Bruford College. He is the author of The Theatre of Martin Crimp. 288pp • 216mmx135mm Paperback: 9781408112380 • £16.99/$25.95 E-IND: 9781408145708 Institutional e-books: see your vendor

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights is an authoritative guide to the work of twenty-five playwrights who have risen to prominence since the 1980s. Each essay features: • A biographical sketch and introduction to the playwright • A discussion of their most important plays • An analysis of their stylistic and thematic traits, the critical reception and their place in the discourses of British theatre • A bibliography of texts and critical material Martin Middeke is Chair of English Literature at the University of Augsburg and Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Peter Paul Schnierer is Chair of English Literature at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Aleks Sierz is the author of The Theatre of Martin Crimp and Rewriting the Nation. 544pp • 216mmx135mm Paperback: 9781408122785 • £18.99/$24.95 E-IND: 9781408159675 Institutional e-books: see your vendor


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