A History of Russian Theatre

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This is the first comprehensive history of Russian theater in English since the fall of Communism. Written by an international team of experts, the book brings together the fruits of recent research into all areas of Russian theater history. Of particular interest will be the chapters written by senior Russian academics. The History covers the whole range of Russian dramatic experience, from puppet theater to ballet and grand opera. A key feature of the History is the collection of rare photographs, some published for the first time, chronicling the development of Russian theater.

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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: 9780521432207
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Russian theatre in world theatre Robert Leach; Russian theatre in Russian culture Victor Borovsky; 1. The origins of the Russian theatre Catriona Kelly; 2. The organisation of the Russian theatre, 1645–1763 Victor Borovsky; 3. The emergence of the Russian theatre, 1763–1800 Victor Borovsky; 4. Writers and repertoires, 1800–1850 A. D. P. Briggs; 5. Actors and acting, 1820–1850 Anatoly Altschuller; 6. Popular, provincial and amateur theatres, 1820–1900 Catriona Kelly; 7. Realism in the Russian theatre, 1850–1882 Cynthia Marsh; 8. Aleksandr Ostrovsky - dramatist and director Kate Sealey Rahman; 9. The Russian Imperial Ballet Andy Adamson; 10. Russian opera John Warrack; 11. Imperial and private theatres, 1882–1905 Arkady Ostrovsky; 12. Stanislavsky and the Moscow Art Theatre, 1898–1938 Jean Benedetti; 13. The Silver Age, 1905–1917 Spencer Golub; 14. Revolutionary theatre, 1917–1930 Robert Leach; 15. The Theatre and Socialist Realism, 1929–1953 Inna Solovyova; 16. The 'thaw' and after, 1953–1986 Birgit Beumers; 17. Russian theatre in the post-communist era Anatoly Smeliansky; 18. Russian theatre and Western theatres Robert Leach; Select bibliography; Index.

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