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This is the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. Bevington's learned and engaging introduction discusses the ambivalent status and genre of the play, variously presented in its early printing as a comedy, a history and a tragedy. He examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in today's culture as an experimental and open-ended work. He also, however, suggests that this experimentalism may have contributed to its lack of immediate stage success, and goes on to place the work in its late Elizabethan context of political instability and theatrical rivalry. A thorough performance history focuses chiefly on recent productions. The complex text situation is re-examined and the differing textual readings carefully explicated. The Arden Shakespeare has long set the gold standard in annotated, scholarly editions of the plays. Each Arden edition offers a modernised text with comprehensive commentary notes glossing meanings, discussing staging issues and explaining literary allusions, together with a lengthy, illustrated introduction by a leading scholar exploring the play's critical, theatrical and historical contexts. 'Bevington's edition is so clearly the best now available that it will no doubt quickly become standard practice for all study of this remarkable play to begin with this remarkable edition.' Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada 'it is perfectly suited to our era of dubious wars, conniving politicians and celebrity partner swaps.' Robert Gore-Langton, Mail on Sunday 'In its mood of ugly disenchantment and corrosive cynicism it is perhaps the most modern of all Shakespeare's plays.' Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph 'Nothing is fair in love and war, especially not in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, where betrayal and treachery take place both in the bed and on the battlefield.' Lyn Gardner, Guardian