What are the best plays by British and Irish authors?

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    #1Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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    Sara Jones
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I'll be the first to say that there are some serious flaws in the plot of Romeo and Juliet. That being said, it's a classic and you basically have to read it. Everyone knows the basic story and pop artists like Taylor Swift have written songs about it. The writing and the dialogue is a little bit over the top, but some people may really enjoy that. "
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    #2A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 

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    Eric Wells
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of Shakespeare's great amusing books. It is perfect for highschool students as it is entertaining and also challenging. It is a good comedy that will lift your spirits with a happy ending. It was enjoyable and I good reading for students and adults."
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    #3King Lear

    King Lear

    King Lear was too old and tired to reign anymore, so he decided to divide his realm among his daughters: the two eldest daughters flattered him, and they were rewarded properly, but the youngest child, Cordelia, expressed her true feelings towards him, and was disinherited, what ultimately made the King lose his mind. 

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    Rachel Boyd
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Anybody that is a fan of British or Irish authors should check out King Lear. This play was really entertaining. I usually am not a fan of plays but King Lear kept me entertained from start to finish. It was so good that I took my friend to see it as well. "
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    #4Othello

    Othello

    Othello by William Shakespeare is a drama novel first published in 1603. This book follows the story of two married couples, Othello and Desdemona, from mutual devotion to jealousy and death. This novel has a movie and a play adaptation.

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    James Torres
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "When searching for the best plays you can never go wrong with Shakespeare and Othello is one of his best known works and it is held in very high regard. I would be very satisfied with this result because it is one of the best plays ever written and there are so many adaptations you can read. "
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    #5Antony and Cleopatra

    Antony and Cleopatra
    Antony and Cleopatra is a historical fiction book written by William Shakespeare first published in 1606. This book contains the complete text of Antony and Cleopatra. 
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    Stephanie Peters
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "If you're a Shakespeare fan, make sure you read this book. It is definitely a classic that everyone will love."
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    #6Henry V

    Henry V
    Henry V is the most famous "war play" by Shakespeare. This version includes the storied victory of the English royal troops against the Franch in the battle of Agincourt. It also contains explanations, reading guide for Shakespeare's English, among other interesting content for scholars. 
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    Mildred Gordon
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you've never read or heard of Henry V this is a great way to start your journey. The play itself is roughly half the total text in this volume. There are numerous others sections that provide both insight into the life and times of Shakespeare himself, as well as explanations and notes on the historical context of the play set in the early 1400’s. This play is fantastic and stands above the others. "
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    #7Macbeth

    Macbeth
    Macbeth is a play by the famous playwright William Shakespeare that tells the story about the titular Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, and how their murderous greed for power and the crown ultimately led to their own demise.
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    Julie Holmes
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The general introduction to this Oxford edition begins appropriately with a discussion of the possible anti-Semitism of "The Merchant of Venice". The editor Jay Halio claims that the treatment of Shylock is highly ambivalent, so that the character "transcends the type, shatters the conventional image with his appeal to our common humanity, and leaves us unsettled in our prejudices, disturbed in our emotions, and by no means sure of our convictions" (p. 13). After a detailed survey of stage productions through the ages, Halio concludes, "'Whether the play is itself anti-Semitic or not depends largely upon one's interpretation, on the stage as on the page" (p. 83). While this is obviously true, and while Halio properly draws attention to a range of ambiguities in the play's depiction of both Shylock and his Christian adversaries, the word "largely" raises a question to which many scholars have offered a challenging, hostile answer"
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    #8The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    The Importance of Being Earnest is a satirical play by Oscar Wilde. It tells the story of John Worthing, who pretends to have a brother named Earnest as part of an alter ego, and AlgernonMoncrieff, who pretends to be Earnest.

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    Jeffrey Tucker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This was funny! The writing is sharp and witty, the characters are relatable but humorous, and the plot just had me laughing in suspense. Great read!"
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    #9Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Much Ado About Nothing includes two different stories of romantic love. Hero and Claudio love each other for the first time, but Don John strikes out their happiness. This version of Much Ado About Nothing is especially indicated for students and general readers. 

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    Megan Richardson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This adapation of Much Ado About Nothing, intended to be enjoyable for the average reader, does a great job in catching attention! William Shakespeare, a beloved author of both British and Irish heritage, captures the love between two couples brilliantly. This new version helps to make the language more simple to understand!"
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    #10The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice is written by William Shakespeare which centers on Bassanio trying to win the test of Portia's father in order for him to be able to marry her, and if he fails he might never marry her. 

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    James Ward
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "this is a good play and more people should know about it"
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    #11Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a classic fiction written by Tom Stoppard and edited by Henry Popkin. This tragic fiction was originally published in 1966.

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    Cheshta Gavde
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This play, based on two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, is a classic for a reason. Fast-paced and witty, it is real treat for those who love the Bard, and want to see one of his best-known off-screen subplots fully fleshed out."
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    #12Look Back in Anger

    Look Back in Anger

    Look Back in Anger is a classical drama fiction play written by JKohn Osborne. This theatrical fiction is published in 1957. 

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    Laura Medina
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This again does not seem like a decent solution. There are much better solutions out there that can fit the description. This one seems to be a hardly read/reviewed book at a pretty steep price for a book that is relatively unknown."

Summary

Best What are the best plays by British and Irish authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Romeo and JulietBooks 46 Paid
2A Midsummer Night's DreamBooks 43 Paid
3King Lear Books 39 Paid
4OthelloBooks 37 Paid
5Antony and CleopatraBooks 36 Paid
6Henry VBooks 34 Paid
7MacbethBooks 31 Paid
8The Importance of Being EarnestBooks 30 Paid
9Much Ado About NothingBooks 27 Paid
10The Merchant of VeniceBooks 26 Paid
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