The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre
Author: John Russell Brown
Release: 2001
Editor: Oxford Illustrated History
Pages: 598
ISBN: 0192854429
Language: en
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A survey of 4,500 years of international performance history covers the significant movements, writers, performers, and events from traditional and avant-garde theater

History of the Theatre

History of the Theatre
Author: Oscar Gross Brockett
Release: 1974
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 680
ISBN: UOM:39015002143587
Language: en
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A History of the Theater

A History of the Theater
Author: Glynne Wickham
Release: 1992
Editor: Phaidon Incorporated Limited
Pages: 287
ISBN: STANFORD:36105043372544
Language: en
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An outline of the development of drama over the last 3,000 years.

The Making of Theatre History

The Making of Theatre History
Author: Paul Kuritz
Release: 1988
Editor: PAUL KURITZ
Pages: 468
ISBN: 0135478618
Language: en
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A History of the Theatre Costume Business

A History of the Theatre Costume Business
Author: Triffin I. Morris,Gregory DL Morris
Release: 2021-09-30
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 222
ISBN: 9781351052320
Language: en
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A History of the Theatre Costume Business is the first-ever comprehensive book on the subject, as related by award-winning actors and designers, and first hand by the drapers, tailors, and craftspeople who make the clothes that dazzle on stage. Readers will learn why stage clothes are made today, by whom, and how. They will also learn how today’s shops and ateliers arose from the shops and makers who founded the business. This never-before-told story shows that there is as much drama behind the scenes as there is in the performance: famous actors relate their intimate experiences in the fitting room, the glories of gorgeous costumes, and the mortification when things go wrong, while the costume makers explain how famous shows were created with toil, tears, and sweat, and sometimes even a little blood. This is history told by the people who were present at the creation – some of whom are no longer around to tell their own story. Based on original research and first-hand reporting, A History of the Theatre Costume Business is written for theatre professionals: actors, directors, producers, costume makers, and designers. It is also an excellent resource for all theatregoers who have marveled at the gorgeous dresses and fanciful costumes that create the magic on stage, as well as for the next generation of drapers and designers.

The Cambridge History of British Theatre

The Cambridge History of British Theatre
Author: Jane Milling,Joseph Walter Donohue (Jr.)
Release: 2004
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 574
ISBN: 9780521650687
Language: en
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Volume Two begins in 1660 with the restoration of King Charles II to the throne and the reestablishment of the professional theater. It follows the far-reaching development of the form over more than two centuries to 1895.

The Cambridge History of American Theatre

The Cambridge History of American Theatre
Author: Wilmeth, Don Burton Wilmeth,Don B. Wilmeth,Christopher Bigsby
Release: 1998-02-28
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 554
ISBN: 0521472040
Language: en
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The Cambridge History of American Theatre is an authoritative and wide-ranging history of American theatre in all its dimensions, from theatre building to play writing, directors, performers, and designers. Engaging the theatre as a performance art, a cultural institution, and a fact of American social and political life, the History recognizes changing styles of presentation and performance and addresses the economic context that conditions the drama presented. The History approaches its subject with a full awareness of relevant developments in literary criticism, cultural analysis, and performance theory. At the same time, it is designed to be an accessible, challenging narrative. Volume One deals with the colonial inceptions of American theatre through the post-Civil War period: the European antecedents, the New World influences of the French and Spanish colonists, and the development of uniquely American traditions in tandem with the emergence of national identity.

A History of Italian Theatre

A History of Italian Theatre
Author: Assistant Professor of Classics Joseph Farrell,Joseph Farrell,Paolo Puppa
Release: 2006-11-16
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9780521802659
Language: en
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A history of Italian theatre from its origins to the the time of this book's publication in 2006. The text discusses the impact of all the elements and figures integral to the collaborative process of theatre-making. The distinctive nature of Italian theatre is expressed in the individual chapters by highly regarded international scholars.

A History of Polish Theatre

A History of Polish Theatre
Author: Katarzyna Fazan,Michal Kobialka,Bryce Lease
Release: 2021-12-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 500
ISBN: 110847649X
Language: en
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Poland is celebrated internationally for its rich and varied performance traditions and theatre histories. This groundbreaking volume is the first in English to engage with these topics across an ambitious scope, incorporating Staropolska, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Enlightenment and Romanticism within its broad ambit. The book also discusses theatre cultures under socialism, the emergence of canonical practitioners and training methods, the development of dramaturgical forms and stage aesthetics and the political transformations attending the ends of the First and Second World Wars. Subjects of far-reaching transnational attention such as Jerzy Grotowski and Tadeusz Kantor are contextualised alongside theatre makers and practices that have gone largely unrecognized by international readers, while the participation of ethnic minorities in the production of national culture is given fresh attention. The essays in this collection theorise broad historical trends, movements, and case studies that extend the discursive limits of Polish national and cultural identity.

A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity

A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity
Author: Martin Revermann
Release: 2019-08-08
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781350135307
Language: en
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Theatre was at the very heart of culture in Graeco-Roman civilizations and its influence permeated across social and class boundaries. The theatrical genres of tragedy, comedy, satyr play, mime and pantomime operate in Antiquity alongside the conception of theatre as both an entertainment for the masses and a vehicle for intellectual, political and artistic expression. Drawing together contributions from scholars in Classics and Theatre Studies, this volume uniquely examines the Greek and Roman cultural spheres in conjunction with one another rather than in isolation. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.

A History of the American Musical Theatre

A History of the American Musical Theatre
Author: Nathan Hurwitz
Release: 2014-06-27
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 269
ISBN: 9781317912057
Language: en
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From the diverse proto-theatres of the mid-1800s, though the revues of the ‘20s, the ‘true musicals’ of the ‘40s, the politicisation of the ‘60s and the ‘mega-musicals’ of the ‘80s, every era in American musical theatre reflected a unique set of socio-cultural factors. Nathan Hurwitz uses these factors to explain the output of each decade in turn, showing how the most popular productions spoke directly to the audiences of the time. He explores the function of musical theatre as commerce, tying each big success to the social and economic realities in which it flourished. This study spans from the earliest spectacles and minstrel shows to contemporary musicals such as Avenue Q and Spiderman. It traces the trends of this most commercial of art forms from the perspective of its audiences, explaining how staying in touch with writers and producers strove to stay in touch with these changing moods. Each chapter deals with a specific decade, introducing the main players, the key productions and the major developments in musical theatre during that period.

A History of Russian Theatre

A History of Russian Theatre
Author: Robert Leach,Victor Borovsky,Andy Davies
Release: 1999-11-29
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 468
ISBN: 0521432200
Language: en
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A comprehensive history of Russian theatre, written by an international team of experts.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre
Author: John Kenrick
Release: 2017-07-27
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781474267014
Language: en
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Musical Theatre: A History is a new revised edition of a proven core text for college and secondary school students – and an insightful and accessible celebration of twenty-five centuries of great theatrical entertainment. As an educator with extensive experience in professional theatre production, author John Kenrick approaches the subject with a unique appreciation of musicals as both an art form and a business. Using anecdotes, biographical profiles, clear definitions, sample scenes and select illustrations, Kenrick focuses on landmark musicals, and on the extraordinary talents and business innovators who have helped musical theatre evolve from its roots in the dramas of ancient Athens all the way to the latest hits on Broadway and London's West End. Key improvements to the second edition: · A new foreword by Oscar Hammerstein III, a critically acclaimed historian and member of a family with deep ties to the musical theatre, is included · The 28 chapters are reformatted for the typical 14 week, 28 session academic course, as well as for a two semester, once-weekly format, making it easy for educators to plan a syllabus and reading assignments. · To make the book more interactive, each chapter includes suggested listening and reading lists, designed to help readers step beyond the printed page to experience great musicals and performers for themselves. A comprehensive guide to musical theatre as an international phenomenon, Musical Theatre: A History is an ideal textbook for university and secondary school students.

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance
Author: Robert Leach
Release: 2018-12-10
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 848
ISBN: 9780429873331
Language: en
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An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance chronicles the history and development of theatre from the Roman era to the present day. As the most public of arts, theatre constantly interacted with changing social, political and intellectual movements and ideas, and Robert Leach’s masterful work restores to the foreground of this evolution the contributions of women, gay people and ethnic minorities, as well as the theatres of the English regions, and of Wales and Scotland. Highly illustrated chapters trace the development of theatre through major plays from each period; evaluations of playwrights; contemporary dramatic theory; acting and acting companies; dance and music; the theatre buildings themselves; and the audience, while also highlighting enduring features of British theatre, from comic gags to the use of props. Continuing on from the Enlightenment, Volume Two of An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance leads its readers from the drama and performances of the Industrial Revolution to the latest digital theatre. Moving from Punch and Judy, castle spectres and penny showmen to Modernism and Postdramatic Theatre, Leach’s second volume triumphantly completes a collated account of all the British Theatre History knowledge anyone could ever need.

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History
Author: David Wiles,Christine Dymkowski
Release: 2013
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 339
ISBN: 9780521766364
Language: en
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A wide-ranging set of essays that explain what theatre history is and why we need to engage with it.

Theatre A Very Short Introduction

Theatre  A Very Short Introduction
Author: Marvin Carlson
Release: 2014-10-23
Editor: OUP Oxford
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780191648618
Language: en
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From before history was recorded to the present day, theatre has been a major artistic form around the world. From puppetry to mimes and street theatre, this complex art has utilized all other art forms such as dance, literature, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture. Every aspect of human activity and human culture can be, and has been, incorporated into the creation of theatre. In this Very Short Introduction Marvin Carlson takes us through Ancient Greece and Rome, to Medieval Japan and Europe, to America and beyond, and looks at how the various forms of theatre have been interpreted and enjoyed. Exploring the role that theatre artists play — from the actor and director to the designer and puppet-master, as well as the audience — this is an engaging exploration of what theatre has meant, and still means, to people of all ages at all times. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

History of European Drama and Theatre

History of European Drama and Theatre
Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte
Release: 2002
Editor: Psychology Press
Pages: 412
ISBN: 0415180600
Language: en
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This major study reconstructs the vast history of European drama from Greek tragedy through to twentieth-century theatre, focusing on the subject of identity. Throughout history, drama has performed and represented political, religious, national, ethnic, class-related, gendered, and individual concepts of identity. Erika Fischer-Lichte's topics include: * ancient Greek theatre * Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre by Corneilli, Racine, Molière * the Italian commedia dell'arte and its transformations into eighteenth-century drama * the German Enlightenment - Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, and Lenz * romanticism by Kleist, Byron, Shelley, Hugo, de Vigny, Musset, Büchner, and Nestroy * the turn of the century - Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski * the twentieth century - Craig, Meyerhold, Artaud, O'Neill, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Müller. Anyone interested in theatre throughout history and today will find this an invaluable source of information.

The Monster in Theatre History

The Monster in Theatre History
Author: Michael Chemers
Release: 2017-07-28
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9781315454078
Language: en
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Monsters are fragmentary, uncertain, frightening creatures. What happens when they enter the realm of the theatre? The Monster in Theatre History explores the cultural genealogies of monsters as they appear in the recorded history of Western theatre. From the Ancient Greeks to the most cutting-edge new media, Michael Chemers focuses on a series of ‘key’ monsters, including Frankenstein’s creature, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires, to reconsider what monsters in performance might mean to those who witness them. This volume builds a clear methodology for engaging with theatrical monsters of all kinds, providing a much-needed guidebook to this fascinating hinterland.

Working in the Wings

Working in the Wings
Author: Elizabeth A. Osborne,Christine Woodworth
Release: 2015-04-27
Editor: SIU Press
Pages: 265
ISBN: 9780809334209
Language: en
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Theatre has long been an art form of subterfuge and concealment. Working in the Wings, edited by Elizabeth A. Osborne and Christine Woodworth, brings attention to what goes on behind-the-scenes in this essay collection that considers, challenges, and revises our understanding of work, theatre, and history.

Theatre Histories

Theatre Histories
Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli,Bruce McConachie,Gary Jay Williams,Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei
Release: 2013-03-07
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 656
ISBN: 9781134042944
Language: en
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This new edition of the innovative and widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods and interpretive approaches used by today's theatre historians. Completely revised and renewed in color, enhancements and new material include: a full-color text design with added timelines to each opening section a wealth of new color illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances described new case studies on African, Asian, and Western subjects a new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductions fuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossary a re-designed support website offering links to new audio-visual resources, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, discussion questions relating to case studies and an online glossary.