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Arden, John

Overview
Works: 322 works in 1,270 publications in 6 languages and 18,148 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Reviews  Juvenile works  Fiction  Melodrama  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Performer, Adapter, Other, Author of introduction, Dedicatee
Classifications: PR6051.R3, 822.914
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Serjeant Musgrave's dance, an unhistorical parable by John Arden( Book )

156 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,422 WorldCat member 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
Three plays: The waters of Babylon, Live like pigs [and] The happy haven by John Arden( Book )

75 editions published between 1961 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Left-handed liberty : a play about Magna carta by John Arden( Book )

31 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member 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 )

49 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member 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 )

58 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in English and French and held by 700 WorldCat member 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 1965 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Declaring how John Armstrong and his eightscore men fought a bloody battle with the Scotch king at Edenborough
Plays by John Arden( Book )

48 editions published between 1977 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by John Arden( Book )

26 editions published between 1977 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The island of the mighty : a play on a traditional British theme in three parts by John Arden( Book )

23 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The royal pardon, or, The soldier who became an actor by John Arden( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member 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
Soldier, soldier : and other plays by John Arden( Book )

15 editions published in 1967 in English and French and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hero rises up: a romantic melodrama by John Arden( Book )

12 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two autobiographical plays : True history of Squire Jonathan and his unfortunate treasure : The Bagman, or, The impromptu of Muswell Hill by John Arden( Book )

24 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Bagman, or, The Impromptu of Muswell Hill' is a radio play first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1970. John Arden has a dream in which he meets an old woman who sells him a canvas bag, 'A pig in a poke'; he then finds himself transported to a dystopian land where the people are starving while the rich live in idleness and squalor. 'The True History of Squire Jonathan and His Unfortunate Treasure' was first performed by the Ambiance Lunch-Hour Theatre Club in June 1968
The non-stop Connolly show : a dramatic cycle of continuous struggle in six parts by Margaretta D'Arcy( Book )

24 editions published between 1977 and 1986 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pearl : a play about a play within the play : written for radio by John Arden( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member 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 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I det 1. århundrede efter vor tidsregning ser en omrejsende græsk skuespiller på romerne og de folk, de undertrykker
Ironhand by John Arden( Book )

10 editions published between 1965 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 245 WorldCat member 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
Awkward corners : essays, papers, fragments by John Arden( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Arden, John 1930-

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