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Barnes, Peter 1931-2004

Works: 205 works in 688 publications in 6 languages and 15,445 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Made-for-TV movies  Juvenile works  Fantasy films  Children's films  Television adaptations  Comedy films  History  Television mini-series 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Director, Scenarist, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Interviewee, Translator, Contributor, Adapter
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Peter Barnes
Enchanted April by Mike Newell( Visual )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London, the 1920s. Lottie and Rose are two married women who share the misery of empty marriages and decide to rent an Italian castle for the spring to get away. In order to save money, they advertise for two other women to join them. Mrs. Fisher is an elderly widow is struggling with a lonely and regimented existence. She jumps at the chance to join the vacation. Lady Caroline Dester is a gorgeous flapper who has been grabbed one too many times and believes that she is sick of men. They arrive in San Salvatore. The seaside Italian castle is drenched in wisteria and sunshine. The women find themselves in a transformative beauty so enchanting that they experience changes in themselves they never thought possible
A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens( Visual )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation) stars as Scrooge, the mean-spirited miser who gets his terrifying comeuppance when he imagines he's visited by ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and taken on a life-altering journey."--Container
Plays of the Holocaust : an international anthology( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll( Visual )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and German and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice slips down a rabbit hole into Wonderland, where she meets zany characters like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter and has a series of strange, dream-like adventures
Hard times by Charles Dickens( Visual )

26 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Local MP and schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind raises his children, Louisa and Tom, in the utilitarian fashion, stressing reason and fact and dismissing imagination and emotion. Under his influence, Louisa grows cold while Tom turns to a secret life of drinking and gambling. To be nearer her brother, Louisa accepts an offer of marriage from his boss, the self-mad, self-important banker Josiah Bounderby, though she does not love him. But soon finds herself succumbing to the attentions of the lothario James Harthouse. All the while, Mrs. Sparsit, a former aristocrat who now works for Bounderby, obsessively watches as the drama unfolds, longing for Louisa's downfall
Collected plays by Peter Barnes( Book )

12 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ruling class by Peter Medak( Visual )

12 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in English and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

O'Toole stars as the mad 14th Earl of Gurney who believes that he is Jesus Christ
The ruling class; a baroque comedy by Peter Barnes( Book )

27 editions published between 1969 and 1980 in English and German and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Devastating satire on the British upper classes, the 14th Earl of Gurney fresh from an insane asylum claims his inheritance. Gurney believes himself to be Jesus Christ - is contrasted with the rest of the family's sane evil. He finally is "cured" and becomes a blood thirsty Tory who is therefore sane and eminently acceptable to the house of Lords
Arabian nights( Visual )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A legendary heroine, Scheherazade, saves her kingdom and her own life by seducing her husband with the fantastical tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and other larger-than-life heroes, warriors and djinns
Noah's Ark by Rufus E Hallmark( Visual )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Danish and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the epic Biblical story of the Great Flood, and Noah, the man who built the Ark and led all the animals of the world, two by two, to safety in a journey full of action, adventure, and true heroism
The people's land : a reader on land reform in the United States by Peter Barnes( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Merlin by Steve Barron( Visual )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mighty wizard is brought forth by the malevolent Mab to keep the Old Ways alive in Britain, but touched by the love of the beautiful Nimue, Merlin allies himself with the young Arthur, pledging his mystic skills to Arthur's visionary cause of peace and justice
Lulu : a sex tragedy by Peter Barnes( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Red noses by Peter Barnes( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

France, 1348. The Black Death is rampaging through Europe. Society and its institutions are in chaos. Pope Clement VI sits between two braziers giving audience through a mirror. Father Flote leads another heresy. He and his touring band of red-nosed comics offer redemption through bad jokes, brwdry and laughter
The magical legend of the leprechauns by Randy Quaid( Visual )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When American Jack Woods goes to Ireland, he discovers a mischeivous leprechaun family and is swept up in a bitter war ignited by a Romeo and Juliet love affair between a rebel leprechaun and a fairy princess
Plays : 3 by Peter Barnes( )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ruling class by Peter Barnes( Book )

39 editions published between 1969 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Ruling Class', premiered at the Nottingham Playhouse in 1968, is a witty, double-edged and idiosyncratic satire. After the 13th Earl of Gurney's morbid nightly indulgence turns into an accidental suicide, the title and estate passes to his son Jack, who has until hitherto been living in a psychiatric institution. He brings with him a belief in divine love, a penchant for sleeping upright on a cross and the conviction that he is the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost
To be or not to be by Peter Barnes( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In To Be or Not to Be (1942) Ernst Lubitsch brought his legendary comic 'touch' to the most unpromising situation: life in Nazi-occupied Poland. The film brought light and warmth to wartime calamity, but without trivializing reality. A group of ham actors have to abandon a theatre production set in Nazi Germany as Poland is invaded. Instead they bring their dubious talents to the work of resistance, role-playing and inveigling their way under the noses of the Gestapo led by 'Concentration Camp' Erhardt (Sig Ruman). The central roles of Joseph and Marion Tura are taken by Jack Benny and Carole Lombard and their performances are marvels of comic acting. In this study Peter Barnes considers what it is to make comedy out of tragedy. 'To Be or Not to Be' tells us that in the face of the brutality and unimagined ignorance of men in power, one must never lose one's style. Lose everything but with style, despair can be kept at bay and turned into a small victory. He also shows how the comedy is achieved and in so doing sheds light on the enigmatic 'Lubitsch touch'
The bewitched : a play by Peter Barnes( Book )

12 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skuespil fra Spanien i det 17. århundrede
The real Long John Silver and other plays : Barnes' People III by Peter Barnes( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short plays, all for three characters only
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Plays of the Holocaust : an international anthology
Plays of the Holocaust : an international anthologyAlice in WonderlandHard timesThe ruling classArabian nightsMerlinThe magical legend of the leprechaunsPlays : 3
Alternative Names
Barnes, Peter, 1931-

Peter Barnes auteur dramatique

Peter Barnes britischer Dramatiker, Drehbuchautor, Filmproduzent und Filmregisseur

Peter Barnes British writer

Peter Barnes Brits scenarioschrijver

Peter Barnes escriptor britànic

Peter Barnes escritor británico

Peter Barnes scriitor britanic

Peter Barnes Suurbritannia kirjanik

Питер Барнс

פיטר בארנס סופר בריטי

پیتر بارنز فیلمنامه‌نویس، تهیه‌کننده، نویسنده، و کارگردان بریتانیایی

English (288)

French (15)

German (8)

Danish (2)

Czech (2)

Spanish (1)