Keith Sagar
Literary Critic and Poet

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Die Frau vom Meer - Ibsen PosterModern Drama

For the last forty years I have been directing an annual four-day Living Theatre course in London, on which we see six major productions. For ten or twelve years I ran a similar course at the Edinburgh festival. On almost all of these courses I have given a preparatory talk on one of the plays or dramatists. Since I have also done many Theatre in the North West courses, several lunch-time lectures at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, and taught a good deal of drama in my adult classes, I have thus accumulated a great many notes and essays on modern drama, few of which have  been published.

The following can be downloaded free, either as Word documents or as pdf. They may  be quoted with due acknowledgement to this website.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906):    
1. A Chronology of his Plays. Word pdf
2. A Biographical Introduction. Word pdf
3. Rosmersholm. Word pdf
4. The Lady from the Sea. Word pdf
5. Hedda Gabler. Word pdf
Anton Chehov (1860-1904):    
1. A Biographical Introduction. Word pdf
2. Chehov’s Theatre. Word pdf
3. The Seagull. Word pdf

Luigi Pirandello  (1867-1936):

Six Characters in Search of an Author and Henry IV Word pdf
D.H.Lawrence (1885-1930):    
‘D.H.Lawrence: Dramatist’. Word pdf
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956):    
The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Word pdf

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989):

Waiting for Godot. Word pdf

Tennessee Williams (1914-1983):

‘What Mr. Williams has made of D.H.Lawrence’. Word pdf



Yukio Mishima (1925-1970)

Madame de Sade Word pdf

Brian Friel (b. 1929)

Word pdf
Dancing at Lughnasa    
Harold Pinter (1930-2008): Word pdf
The Caretaker.    

Athol Fugard (b. 1932)

Word pdf

Further essays and notes will be added to this page in the near future, including:

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948): biographical summary and notes on The Inheritors.
Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946): biographical summary and notes on Waste.
Bertold Brecht:  biographical summary; essay on Man Equals Man; notes on Mother Courage and The Good Person of Szechwan.
Samuel Beckett: notes on Endgame.
Eugene Ionesco (1912-1994): essay on the Berenger plays - The Killer. Rhinoceros, A Stroll in the Air, The King Dies and Hunger and Thirst.
Friedrich Durrenmatt (1921-1992): notes on The Physicists.
John Osborne (1929-1994): notes on Look Back in Anger.
Tom Stoppard (b.1937): notes on Arcadia.

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