Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century / Edition 2by Christopher Innes, C. D. Innes
Pub. Date: 11/28/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
A revised and updated version of Modern British Drama, 1890-1990, is the first one-volume analysis of English playwriting over the twentieth century. Through detailed discussions of major dramatists and plays, Christopher Innes traces the evolution of modernism from Bernard Shaw to the present as well as theatrical developments over the period. The text includes information on the social and political environment surrounding the plays, first productions and critical reception, and chronology and illustrations from key performances, lists of playwrights and works, and selective bibliographies. It is an invaluable guide for students, theater-goers and theater historians.
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Table of ContentsList of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Chronology; 1. Contexts; 2. Defining modernism: George Bernard Shaw; 3. Social themes and realistic formulae [playwrights discussed include: Granville-Barker, Workers' Theatre Movement; Rattigan; Osborne; Wesker; Brechtian influences; Arden; Bond; Edgar; Brenton; Hare; Gems]; 4. The comic mirror - tradition and innovation [playwrights discussed include: Maugham; Coward; Travers; Orton; Beckett; Pinter; Barnes; Griffiths; Ayckbourn; Frayn; Stoppard; Marber]; 5. Poetic drama - verse, fantasy and symbolic images [playwrights discussed include: Barrie; Priestley; Auden; Isherwood; Eliot; Fry; Shaffer; Whiting; Rudkin; Barker; Churchill; Kane; McBurney]; Bibliographies; Index.
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