A jealous fairy pines over the beautiful Kenna, who supposedly gave her heart to a mortal and plans to bring him back from the dead. This enrages the fairy prince who desperately wants to prevent their reunion. Prince Azuriel has spent more than a thousand years loving the fairy Kenna. He’s suffered in silence as the devious Puck has led him to believe Kenna’s affection for the human, Prince Albion. Albion has been dead for years but Azuriel is convinced that he will return. Prior to his arrival, he demands Albion marries a mortal woman to ensure Kenna for himself. Puck must manipulate a human couple and create a fake wedding for a man that no longer exists. A Princess of Kensington is a fantastical comic opera full of humor and hijinks. The production debuted in both London and New York in 1903. It was one of many successful collaborations between Edward German and Basil Hood. With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of A Princess of Kensington is both modern and readable.
Sports Poetry. It is human nature to create and compete. Both of these are brought together in Sport. Many games began in distant eons and gradually adapted and became codified to those we know today. In this volume we celebrate, through the verse of so many well known poets, sports of all kinds. Sports for the rich sports for the poor and all manner in between. As Henry Newbolt would say ‘Play Up Play Up and Play The Game. Our collection is read by many including Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.
The third “battle” of Ayckbourn’s celebrated trilogy The Norman Conquests, returns us to the same weekend in the country, but this time to the setting of Mother’s overgrown English country garden. Something more troublesome than brambles is lurking among the roses. Havoc ensues among the flora and fauna, as this cynical masterpiece makes its way to a hilarious conclusion.An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Rosalind Ayres as Sarah, Kenneth Danziger as Reg, Martin Jarvis as Norman, Jane Leeves as Annie, Christopher Neame as Tom, and Carolyn Seymour as Ruth.
The Masque of Anarchy was Shelley's response to the Peterloo massacre at St Peter's Fields, Manchester, where 18 died and hundreds were injured, after Hussars charged into a rally for parliamentary reform. Written in Italy in 1819, the poem was not published until 1832, ten years after Shelley's death. This reading is from the first published edition with the addition of three words that were inserted in full only in later additions ('Eldon' in Stanza IV and 'Bible' and 'Sidmouth' in Stanza VI). The poem is preceded by Leigh Hunt's preface to the 1932 edition and followed by Harry Buxton Forman's 1887 lecture on the poem to the Shelley Society. (Summary by Phil Benson)
This now seminal collection of sixty-three poems was originally self-published by Housman in 1896 after rejections from publishers. None saw its potential.
Housman, it is said, originally wanted to name the book, The Poems of Terence Hearsay, referring to a character within, but changed the title to A Shropshire Lad at the suggestion of a colleague.
The poems were mainly written in 1895 whilst Housman was living in Byron Cottage in Highgate. The book sold slowly. The initial print run of 500 took two years to sell through. However by 1911 annual sales were in the order of 13,500 copies and, during World War I, the book accompanied many young men into the trenches.
It thereafter became a cultural icon, remembering a gentler time, a better time.
Housman did confess that much of what he had written about, especially in terms of terrain and geography was assumed rather than known. But such poetic licence is easily set aside when the finished work is read and admired.?
As George Orwell later remembered, "these were the poems which I and my contemporaries used to recite to ourselves, over and over, in a kind of ecstasy".
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