A History of Russian Theatre

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This is the first comprehensive history of Russian theatre in English. Written by an international team of experts, the book brings together the fruits of recent research into all areas of Russian theatre history. Of particular interest will be the chapters written by senior Russian academics, who not only reveal previously unpublished documentation but also offer new insights into their subjects. The History covers the whole range of Russian dramatic experience, from puppet theatre to ballet and grand opera, but its emphasis is on the practice of theatre, especially acting, and the final chapter puts Russian theatre into the wider context of Western performance and the stage.
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"This collaboratively written work will be valued for its broadly based approach and its encyclopedic information...It has no competitor." Slavic and East European Journal

"A gift to be embraced by English-speaking historians. If this material is not already part of our general theatre history courses, it needs to be incorporated; and if we already give Russian/Soviet theatre the attention it desrves, then these books will revitalize and enhance our understanding." Theatre Survey

"The book offers the general reader an intelligent survey of the subject...useful introduction." Slavic Review Winter 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521034357
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Russian theatre in world theatre 1
Russian theatre in Russian culture 6
1 The origins of the Russian theatre 18
2 The organisation of the Russian theatre, 1645-1763 41
3 The emergence of the Russian theatre, 1763-1800 57
4 Writers and repertoires, 1800-1850 86
5 Actors and acting, 1820-1850 104
6 Popular, provincial and amateur theatres, 1820-1900 124
7 Realism in the Russian theatre, 1850-1882 146
8 Aleksandr Ostrovsky - dramatist and director 166
9 The Russian Imperial Ballet 182
10 Russian opera 199
11 Imperial and private theatres, 1882-1905 218
12 Stanislavsky and the Moscow Art Theatre, 1898-1938 254
13 The Silver Age, 1905-1917 278
14 Revolutionary theatre, 1917-1930 302
15 The Theatre and Socialist Realism, 1929-1953 325
16 The 'thaw' and after, 1953-1986 358
17 Russian theatre in the post-communist era 382
18 Russian theatre and Western theatres 407
Select bibliography 420
Index 429
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