National Theatre in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1746-1900

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This book chronicles the emergence of a national feeling in the theatres of Northern and Eastern Europe from the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. Using original documents and sources, including architects' plans, royal edicts, censors' reports, contemporary journalism, directors' blocking notes, memoirs and letters, this volume provides a chronological exploration of theatrical trends in eight countries. The documents reveal that in Denmark, Sweden and Norway the gradual development from royal patent houses and municipal theatres led to a genuinely public and Scandinavian institution. In Poland, Hungary, Bohemia and Romania, theatrical records reveal the evolution of distinctly national repertoires and organizations removed from foreign influences. Similar sources demonstrate that Russia pursued native concepts of acting and playwriting after the retreat of Napoleon that culminated in the foundation of the Moscow Art Theatre. The volume contains numerous illustrations, the source location for each document, and a substantial bibliography.
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"Not often does a reference work make a cover-to-cover good read; this is one of those rarities." Felicia Hardison Londr^d'e, Theatre Journal

"...the series is an exceptionally valuable, and readable, reference work for both the teacher and student of theater." Slavic and East European Journal

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List of documents; General editors' preface; Editor's preface; General introduction; Denmark, 1746–1889 Peter Bilton: 1. Legislation and administration 1746–70; 2. The audience in 1771; 3. Acting and stage management 1773–1843; 4. Under the ministry of culture 1849–89; Sweden, 1765-1900 Peter Bilton: 1. The Gustavian period 1765–90; 2. The Royal monopoly 1790–1810; 3. Management and acting at the Royal Theatres 1796–1841; 4. The Nya teaternz and change in the Royal Theatre 1842–68; 5. Nationalisation vs private management 1870–1900; Norway, 1825–1909 Peter Bilton: 1. Stromberg's theatre in Christiania 1825–32; 2. The new theatre in Christiania 1835–40; 3. The first Bergen venture 1849–63; 4. Pro-Norwegian activity in Christiania 1847–65; 5. The national stage in Bergen 1872–1909; 6. Management and enlarging the Christiania theatre 1874–87; Poland, 1765–1830 Karyna Wierzbicka-Michalska: 1. The first National Theatre 1765–74; 2. The repertory expands 1778–1808; 3. Improvements in administration and acting 1810–16; 4. The government takes over 1821–9; Czech Lands (Bohemia and Moravia), 1784–1881 Barbara Day: 1. The Nostiz and Bouda Theatres 1784–93; 2. The Theatre of the Estates 1814–35; 3. The Cajetan Theatre and the theatre in Ruzova Street 1835–45; 4. Tyl's leadership and its oppostition 1846–50; 5. The move for a national theatre 1851–81; Hungary, 1810–38 George Bisztray: 1. Canvasing for a national theatre 1810–27; 2. Building and managing a national theatre 1832–8; Romania, 1818–53 Bogdan Mischiu: 1. Early Romanian-language performances in Bucharest 1818–19; 2. The Philharmonic Society of Bucharest 1834–7; 3. Establishing a state theatre in Bucharest 1840–52; 4. The theatre in Jassy 1832–46; Russia, 1812–98 Laurence Senelick: 1. Establishment of a post-Napoleonic Russian theatre 1812–20; 2. Acting 1810–50; 3. Gogol' and the call for a new repertoire 1836–42; 4. Staging and management 1839–50; 5. The advent of Ostrovsky 1855–60; 6. Actor training 1850–90; 7. Imperial theatres 1855–1910; 8. Provincial, private and people's theatres 1870–97; 9. Foundation of the Moscow Art Theatre 1897–8; Bibliography; Scandinavia: general; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; Poland; Czech Lands; Hungary; Romania; Russia Index.
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