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Arden, John

Works: 268 works in 1,022 publications in 7 languages and 14,799 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Reviews  Juvenile works  Melodrama  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Performer, Other, Adapter, Dedicatee, Creator
Classifications: PR6051.R3, 822.914
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Serjeant Musgrave's dance, an unhistorical parable by John Arden( Book )
129 editions published between 1959 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 1,298 libraries worldwide
Set between 1860 and 1880, four deserters bring the body of a dead soldier back to his home town, a mining community in the grip of a coal strike and cut off by snow. Their leader, Serjeant Musgrave, plans to hold the town at gunpoint and confront its people with the realities of warfare. Arden's play questions the military principle of 'Obey or suffer' and the cruelty and futility of war. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 1959
Left-handed liberty : a play about Magna carta by John Arden( Book )
25 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 724 libraries worldwide
In dramatising the creation of the Magna Carta, John Arden inhabits the minds of 13th century England with great skill and ingenuity, presenting the establishment of the founding of the charter - on which modern Britain's constitutional law stands - as a time of great confusion and insecurity. 'Left-Handed Liberty' was commissioned by the Corporation of the City of London to commemorate the 750th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta, with the first public performance given in June 1965
The business of good government; a Christmas play by John Arden( Book )
50 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 710 libraries worldwide
'The Business of Good Government' was written for and first performed in 1960 in the village of Brent Knoll, Somerset. Telling the traditional story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, it focuses less on the divine and miraculous, and more on the geopolitical forces at play in Herod's kingdom. Under threat of Roman invasion from the west and Persian invasion from the East, Herod is disconcerted to receive a party of Persian delegates, wise men, whom he fears are spies for his neighbour. Realising the threat that might come from a child born which might match and ancient prophecy, he issues an edict to slaughter all males aged under two-years-old. In spite of this heinous crime, the play presents a not altogether unsympathetic portrait of that infamous king, in whom echoes of calculated government policy in modern times can perhaps be seen
The workhouse donkey, a vulgar melo-drama by John Arden( Book )
48 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 660 libraries worldwide
Arden's melodrama - i.e. a play with a musical accompaniment - is a sprawling, Rabelaisian comedy about local town-hall corruption that focuses on the downfall of 'the Napoleon of the North', Alderman Charlie Butterthwaite, the workhouse donkey of the title, who has risen from extreme poverty to dominate his local Labour Party and the town. A swaggering, charismatic, manipulative scoundrel, he has a gambling addiction, which is bankrolled by the Machiavellian, but self-aware Doctor Wellington Blomax. It is this relationship which has maintained Butterthwaite's power, and which will undermine it. The play was first performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1963
Armstrong's last goodnight; an exercise in diplomacy by John Arden( Book )
48 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 657 libraries worldwide
Declaring how John Armstrong and his eightscore men fought a bloody battle with the Scotch king at Edenborough
Three plays: The waters of Babylon, Live like pigs [and] The happy haven by John Arden( Book )
30 editions published between 1961 and 2004 in English and held by 536 libraries worldwide
In 1950s London a reputable architect Krankiewicz is also Krank, the disreputable owner of a boarding house and brothel which is under local authority scrutiny. Eager to expand his business offering cramped accommodation to the multitudes, he needs to find a way of appeasing the Council in order to buy a second property. He turns to Butterthwaite, a former local government leader turned crook to help him with this. But Krank's livelihood is under a second threat from Paul, who is determined to settle Krank's £500 debt to him. At the same time, as Krankiewicz he is involved in the design of a new house for an MP who happens to represent the same constituency where Krank lives. Excited by the news of a Russian state visit, the MP is alert to any hint of unrest or protest that might disturb the peace. Trouble begins to brew when Paul tells Krank that he will consider his debt forgotten if Krank will allow him to build a bomb to use against the Russians in his lodging house. Disguises and deceptions are jeopardised in this complex comedy as Butterthwaite devises a money-making scheme that will lead Krank and Krankiewicz straight to the heart of local politics. 'Waters of Babylon' was first produced at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in October 1957
To present the pretence : essays on the theatre and its public ... by John Arden( Book )
23 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and French and held by 493 libraries worldwide
The island of the mighty : a play on a traditional British theme in three parts by John Arden( Book )
25 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in English and held by 431 libraries worldwide
The royal pardon, or, The soldier who became an actor by John Arden( Book )
37 editions published between 1960 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 418 libraries worldwide
After years of war, peace is to be reached between England and France, sealed by the marriage of the English prince and the French princesse. A company of actors is to be sent from England to Paris, to perform at a theatrical gala in celebration of the union. Croke's band of performers is carrying with them an ex-soldier Luke, on the run from the law. Circumstances twist, turn and contrive to place the soldier on the stage, with his new found beloved, where he must ad lib a play of great ingenuity to appease royalty, and the law's claim upon him. 'The Royal Pardon' was first performed at the Bedford Arts Centre, Devon, in 1966
The non-stop Connolly show : a dramatic cycle of continuous struggle in six parts by Margaretta D'Arcy( Book )
49 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 403 libraries worldwide
The hero rises up: a romantic melodrama by John Arden( Book )
12 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 354 libraries worldwide
Pearl : a play about a play within the play : written for radio by John Arden( Book )
12 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 344 libraries worldwide
Ironhand by John Arden( Book )
14 editions published between 1965 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 312 libraries worldwide
Silence among the weapons : some events at the time of the failure of a republic by John Arden( Book )
29 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 290 libraries worldwide
I det 1. århundrede efter vor tidsregning ser en omrejsende græsk skuespiller på romerne og de folk, de undertrykker
Vandaleur's folly : an Anglo-Irish melodrama : the hazard of experiment in an Irish co-operative, Ralahine, 1831 by Margaretta D'Arcy( Book )
10 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
John Vandaleur was an estate owner in County Clare in the west of Ireland. In 1831, tired of the outrages committed by some of his tenants in the throes of a violent organisation named 'The Ribbonmen', Vandaleur established a co-operative, known as the Ralahine Commune. A system of commonwealth, it established many innovations, including a co-operative-only currency-system, and even a type of pension fund. 'Vandaleur's Folly' tells the story of this commune, and its, perhaps inevitable, demise after two years. In Arden and D'Arcy's version, the external influences of colonial capitalism and its attendant military force - as well as the wagering caprices of Vandaleur himself - are more than a match for the good intentions of communal farmers in County Clare
The little gray home in the west : an Anglo-Irish melodrama by Margaretta D'Arcy( Book )
8 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and held by 247 libraries worldwide
'The Little Gray Home' in the West was a reworking of a 1972 play 'The Ballygombeen Bequest', described as 'a freewheeling Brechtian parable of sickness, colonialism and capitalism in Ireland'. A play with songs, and a spoonful of cynicism, 'The Little Gray Home in the West' tells the story of a businessman named Baker-Fortescue who has come to inherit a small estate in the south of Ireland, a place where communications with the locals, and the security of fences, is forever on a knife's edge
Whose is the kingdom? by John Arden( Book )
9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 200 libraries worldwide
The stealing steps by John Arden( Book )
7 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 156 libraries worldwide
John Arden by Frances Gray( Book )
1 edition published in 1982 in Undetermined and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Awkward corners : essays, papers, fragments by John Arden( Book )
2 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Arden, John 1930-
Arnten, Tzōn
Arnten, Tzōn 1930-
John Arden anglický dramatik
John Arden auteur de poèmes, de romans, de pièces de théâtre et d'essais
John Arden britischer Schriftsteller und Dramatiker
John Arden Brits toneelschrijver (1930-2012)
John Arden drammaturgo inglese
ארדן, ג'ון 1930-2012
جان آردن
جون أردن
جون أردن، 1930-
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