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Encyclopedia > Maskerade
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

18th novel – 5th witches story
Outline
Characters: Granny Weatherwax
Nanny Ogg
Agnes Nitt
Locations: Ankh-Morpork
Motifs: Opera, The Phantom of the Opera
Publication details
Year of release: 1995
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN:
Paperback ISBN:
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Notes: Adapted as a play by Stephen Briggs.

Maskerade is the eighteenth novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg visit the Ankh-Morpork Opera House to find Agnes Nitt, a girl from Lancre, and get caught up in a story similar to The Phantom of the Opera. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1408x1056, 331 KB) Cover of Maskerade Author: Josh Kirby Source: lspace. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involve the witches of Lancre. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... This article is about the Gaston Leroux novel. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involves the witches of Lancre. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Gytha Ogg (usually called Nanny Ogg) is a character from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. ... A major subset of the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett involves the witches of Lancre. ... See also: Discworld (world) This article concerns the fictional geography of Terry Pratchetts Discworld, featured in the long running series of novels of the same name. ... This article is about the Gaston Leroux novel. ...

Contents

Plot Summary

The story begins when Agnes Nitt leaves Lancre to begin her career at the Opera House. The Witches leaves to obtain the money owed to Nanny Ogg by the publisher of her books, as well as to meddle and bring Agnes Nitt home. Agnes Nitt is being used as a voice, giving Christine the spotlight. However, during this time the Opera House is being haunted by a ghost. With the money rightfully coerced out of the publisher Granny Weatherwax pretends to be a rich patron to catch the Opera Ghost. Near the end of the novel a member of the Cable Street Particulars, along with the Witches determine that the finance is a total mess to disguise the money being siphoned off. It is revealed that there were two people pretending to be the ghost, the original ghost was the jaintor's son, while the 2nd person did it for the money.


Portrayal

A significant character in the book is Walter Plinge, the Opera House's clumsy and not-too-bright odd-job man. He is, quite possibly, really the suave "Opera Ghost", but is described in terms reminiscent of Frank Spencer, the lead character of the BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. The joke is that this character was played by Michael Crawford, who went on to play the Phantom in the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical. Walter Plinge is a pseudonym, traditionally used in London theatres. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Frank Spencer sporting his trademark beret in a scene with Broadcaster David Jacobs Some Mothers Do Ave Em (1973-1978) was a BBC situation comedy, written by Raymond Allen and starring Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice. ... Michael Crawford (right) as Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do Ave Em Michael Crawford, OBE (born Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith, 19 January 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire), is an English actor and singer. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. ...


The title is a pun on Masquerade, a key song in the musical.


Translations

  • Маскарад (Bulgarian)
  • Maškaráda (Czech)
  • Maskerade (Dutch)
  • Maskeraad (Estonian)
  • Naamiohuvit (Finnish)
  • Masquerade (French)
  • Mummenschanz (German)
  • Maskarada (Polish)
  • Mascarado (Portuguese)
  • Маcкарад (Russian)
  • Мaskarada (Serbian)
  • Mascarada (Spanish)
  • Masker (Swedish)

External links

  • Annotations for Maskerade
  • Quotes from Maskerade
  • Synopsis for Maskerade
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
Interesting Times
18th Discword Novel Succeeded by
Feet of Clay
Preceded by
Lords and Ladies
5th Witches Story
Published in 1995
Succeeded by
Carpe Jugulum

 
 

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