The 101 Greatest Plays - From Antiquity to the Present
Published by Faber & Faber
In this provocative and challenging new book, Michael Billington offers his highly personal selection of the 101 greatest plays ranging from the Greeks to the present-day.
But this 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 101. 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 among masterpieces
"Michael Billington's profoundly informed passion about the theatre is wonderful and touching" ~ Simon Callow
"Billington's book challenges readers to disagree - not just with his choices, but with the reasons behind his choices - and will perhaps inspire some to compile their own lists" ~ Times Literary Supplement
" ... there is probably nobody currently living who has the knowledge, experience and memory of Michael Billington when it comes to writing a book of this type ... Its value lies not only in its historical and geographical sweep but also the quality of the research and writing ... simultaneously important and enjoyable. Who could ask for anything more?" ~ Philip Fisher British Theatre Guide
" ... a great book for theatre lovers and an indispensable book for theatre practitioners and students. I cannot recommend it too strongly" ~ Mature Times
"It's difficult to find enough words of admiration for this splendid book ... It is an eclectic mix, and one that spans the Ancient Greeks to the present day. But whether Billington is writing about a play you know well or one that's completely unknown to you, you end up knowing a great deal more than you did when you started. The tone is light, user friendly, but each analysis sparkles with great erudition .. Marvellous to read, most satisfying to dip into, and magnificent as a reference book. A great experience" ~ Reviews Gate
Makes a great gift!