The classic Arden editions of Shakespeare's best-loved plays have been specially selected for the collector and theater-goer in a handsomely produced Playgoer's edition. With the full Arden text, as edited by an established scholar for the second series of Arden Shakespeare editions plus an authoritative introduction and a wealth of helpful and incisive explanatory notes on the same page as the text, Arden Playgoer's bring Shakespeare's dramas to life. They are sewn in simulated leather with decorative gold blocking on the spine and the cover, with a ribbon page marker (includes jacket).
Hilarious fun, this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce. When two sets of twins, separated and apparently lost to each other, all end up in the rowdy, rollicking city of Ephesus, the stage is set for mix-ups, mayhem, and mistaken identity—plus the timeless puns, jokes, gags, and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter.
The times have forced changes in the way we look at "Richard II" more than any other of Shakespeare's plays. What to his contemporaries was a balanced dramatisation of the central political and constitutional issue of the time, how to cope with an unjust ruler, has in the last century or so been translated into the poetic fall of a tragic hero.