Barber, Frances 1958-
Most widely held works by Frances Barber
Twelfth night, or, What you will ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 1,052 libraries worldwide
After a shipwreck, twin siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria. Viola, disguised as a man named Cesario, takes up service with the Duke Orsino, who is madly in love with the Lady Olivia. But Olivia is in mourning over her brother's death, so Orsino sends Cesario over as an emissary of love, except that Olivia falls for Viola!
King Lear ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 745 libraries worldwide
Proposing to divide his vast kingdom amongst his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cornelia, Lear devises a test for his offspring to convince him of their suitability and compassion for rule. Goneril and Regan's true colors emerge as they unleash a vast conspiracy of greed and cruelty within the once loyal dynasty.
William Shakespeare's The taming of the shrew by William Shakespeare ( Recording )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 733 libraries worldwide
"Padua holds many suitors for the hand of fair Bianca, but Bianca may not be married until her spinster sister Kate is wed. Could any man be rash enough to take Kate on? The witty adventurer Petruchio undertakes the task. While he sets about transforming Kate from foul-tempered termagant to loving wife, young Lucentio and his clever servant Tranio plot to win Bianca. The result is a sparkling comedy of self-delusion and disguise, set in the context of a play within a play"--Container.
Behaving badly ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 374 libraries worldwide
Oscar winner Judi Dench stars in this darkly humorous drama about a meek, middle-aged divorcee who suddenly begins to behave in ways that shock her ex and her grown daughter. Extras include biographies of star Judi Dench and writer Catherine Heath.
The shape of snakes by Minnette Walters ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 223 libraries worldwide
During the winter of discontent, a black woman dies in a rain-soaked gutter. Her passing would have gone unmourned and unnoticed except the woman who finds her believes she was murdered. Why is Mrs. Ranelagh so convinced it was murder?
The ice house ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 195 libraries worldwide
When the gardener informs the ladies of the house, Phoebe Maybury and her two friends, that he has found a dead body in the ice house, Chief Inspector Walsh and Sergeant McLoughlin are called to the scene. Walsh is excited because ten years ago he led an investigation into the disappearance of Phoebe's husband at this house, but the body was never found. He suspects that they've finally found their missing man, but the investigation takes some twists and turns and McLoughlin finds himself increasingly attracted to one of the suspects.--Container.
Jim Henson's The storyteller the definitive collection ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
A storyteller accompanied by a talking dog serves as host and narrator for these adaptations of classic children's stories. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provides special effects, animation, puppetry, and makeup to bring unique qualities to this dual-themed fantasy series. Disc 1 is hosted by John Hurt as the Storyteller and features European folklore; disc 2 is hosted by Michael Gambon as a grave-robbing Athenian version of the Storyteller with tales from Greek mythology.
How to be good by Nick Hornby ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife....well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper. But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too--really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor--or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David--and with herself.
Twelfth night ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1990 and 2006 in English and held by 170 libraries worldwide
Dramatization of Shakespeare's comedy where order is restored, evil punished, and all who deserve it live happily ever after.
Trial & retribution. Set 2, Volumes V-VIII ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 162 libraries worldwide
Explores the bitter internal rivalries among police investigators, the political pressures of high-profile cases, and the legal maneuverings of defense attorneys and prosecutors. Police probe an abandoned house concealing multiple murders, a dysfunctional family with a deeply troubled musical prodigy, the mysterious disappearance of a well-connected woman, and a shadowy sex club for London's elite.
A Zed & two noughts ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving the car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the local zoo. Alba survives the accident although she loses one leg, and her sinister physician eventually removes the other because it looked so sad all alone. Oswald and Oliver become involved with Alba, and uncover dubious trafficking in zoo property. But ultimately, their only goal is to try and understand their mortal condition.
The carousel by Rosamunde Pilcher ( Recording )
4 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 148 libraries worldwide
When Prue Shakleton's Aunt Phoebe invites her to Cornwall, Prue loses no time in setting out for its bright landscapes and salt air. Prue meets Daniel, an attractive young man, becomes involved, and wants to find what is troubling him.
Rhodes ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 128 libraries worldwide
The story of Cecil Rhodes who arrived in Africa at the age of eighteen to joint the diamond rush but soon conceived another ambition: to bring the entire land under British rule.
Esther Kahn ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
A young Jewish migrant living in London at the turn of the 19th century works with her family in a sweatshop. But Esther is the weak link in the operation. She is slow and stubborn, she never has an opinion on anything and never feels anything for anyone. She decides to become an actress, because it is only in the theater that she awakens. It is on the stage that, one evening, she breaks through twenty years of suppressed life, and really begins to live--Container.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen ( Recording )
6 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund, but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive, and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy, Fanny has to fight to retain her independence.
Shiner ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
Billy "Shiner" Simpson is a man who has spent much of his life making a living by skirting the law, but he thinks he may finally have a legitimate path to the big time managing his son Eddie, an up-and-coming boxer, who is set to fight an American champion in a prizefight, and Billy is convinced Eddie can't lose. But Eddie loses in the second round, and Billy flees the arena with his son in tow. Billy and Eddie are followed by a gunman who shoots and kills the young fighter, and a distraught Billy becomes convinced someone got to Eddie and forced him to take a dive.
Aristophanes the gods are laughing ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
This pseudo-biography juxtaposes elements of Aristophanic plays with the activities of contemporaneous people to show how Aristophanes became the father of political satire and why his theatrical innovations are still staples of the contemporary theatre.
The scold's bridle by Minette Walters ( Recording )
4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 100 libraries worldwide
Mathilda Gillespie's body was found two days after she had taken an overdose and slashed her wrists. But what shocked Dr Sarah Blakeney the most was the scold's bridle obscuring the dead woman's face, a metal contraption grotesquely adorned with nettles and Michaelmas daisies. What happened at Cedar House in the tortured hours before Mathilda's death? The police assume that the coroner will record a verdict of suicide. Only Dr Blakeney, it seems, doubts the verdict. Until it is discovered that Mathilda's diaries have diappeared.
Adam and Eve and pinch me by Ruth Rendell ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
A mystery surrounds three women and three men who have recently disappeared completely from their lives. There are other women too, unknown to one another, who have had relationships with a dark-haired man who is no longer around.
The bomber by Liza Marklund ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 87 libraries worldwide
Journalist Annika Bengtzon is asleep when the call comes in at 3.22 a.m. on a frozen December night. Within minutes, all thoughts of seasonal goodwill are left behind as Annika tries to get the best possible picture for tomorrow's edition of her newspaper. For a bomb has destroyed Stockholm;s new Olympic arena just months before the Summer Games, and blown someone to pieces.
Audiobooks Avarice Brothers and sisters Conspiracy Daedalus (Greek mythology) Divorced women Drama England England--London Europe Europe--Illyria Eurydice (Greek mythology) Fantasy television programs Fathers and daughters Feature films Feature films Fiction Film adaptations Folklore Goneril (Legendary character) Great Britain Italy--Padua Kings and rulers--Abdication Lear, King (Legendary character) Love Man-woman relationships Married people Middle-aged women Minotaur (Greek mythology) Mothers and daughters Orpheus (Greek mythology) Perseus (Greek mythology) Police Sex role Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616 Shipwreck victims Talking books Television mini-series Television plays Television programs Television programs--for the hearing impaired Theseus (Greek mythology) Twelfth night (Shakespeare, William) Twins Video recordings Video recordings--for the hearing impaired West Indians Women Women, Black Women cat owners
Barber, Francis 1958-
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