The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

Overview The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre , an authoritative and lavishly illustrated new history, celebrates the stage's greatest achievements over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international, multicultural drama in the late twentieth century, and from Sophocles and Aristophanes to George Gershwin and Harold Pinter. Here are the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, dramatic movements, and more, accessibly and attractively arranged so that everyone with a passion for the st See more details below
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Overview

The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre , an authoritative and lavishly illustrated new history, celebrates the stage's greatest achievements over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international, multicultural drama in the late twentieth century, and from Sophocles and Aristophanes to George Gershwin and Harold Pinter.

Here are the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, dramatic movements, and more, accessibly and attractively arranged so that everyone with a passion for the stage can follow the glorious procession of this triumphant art throughout history and across cultures. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre guides readers through the full spectrum of dramatic representation as well as giving due weight to how the scene backstage evolved through the centuries--the role of musicians, light, sound, and equipment, and the art of set design--and to the crucial role of the audience and critics. Finally, there are stimulating essays on the history of Asian theater and a concluding account of theater since 1970 by editor John Russell Brown that highlights the contributions of our best-loved contemporary playwrights, directors, and lyricists.

Spectacular illustrations throughout bring the very visual nature of theater to life, serving as dramatic accompaniment to the text. The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre is an essential source of reference for anyone interested in the stage, from students and teachers to seasoned professionals and starry-eyed fans.

About the Author:
John Russell Brown is Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan and was for fifteen years Associate of the National Theatre in London

This spectacular history of world theatre ranges from Greek drama to the present day, with 32 special features of extracts from plays and descriptions of performances. Spectacular color and black-and-white illustrations throughout bring the very visual nature of theatre to life, serving as a dramatic accompaniment to the text.

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This authoritative new history celebrates the stage's greatest achievements. Here are playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, and others, accessibly arranged so that everyone with a passion for the stage can follow the glorious procession of this triumphant art throughout history and across cultures. An essential reference for anyone interested in the stage. Includes 307 illustrations.
School Library Journal
This wonderful resource provides a wide variety of information from basic theatre chronology to detailed analyses of several well-known and important plays and playwrights.... The numerous photographs (many in color) bring the discussion to life.
Economist
Composed of 13 separate essays by 16 authors, traces the development of the theater chronologically and coherently.
Stage Directions
This is a handsome volume, and Brown has done an admirable job of blending the views and expertise of the different contributors. Highly readable and highly recommended.
Library Journal
Brown theater, Univ. of Michigan; associate, National Theatre of Great Britain edits this scholarly work by 16 specialists who "have chosen what seems most vital in their various parts of the past and have tried to share their sense of its importance and pleasures." They succeed in presenting their respective histories of the theater in the larger literary, social, and political contexts. European and other Western theaters between the Renaissance and 1700 are emphasized, while the earliest theaters of Greece, Rome, Christian Europe, Africa, and the Americas, "World Theater" of the Orient, and theater since 1970 receive far less coverage. But single-volume histories are by definition selective. Further reading and a chronology supplement each chapter. Despite its minute print, this excellent book is highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries with strong theater collections.-Ming-ming Shen Kuo, Ball St. Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Booknews
Covering over 4,000 years from ancient Egyptian festivals to 20th-century multicultural theater, focuses on what has been most vital and defining about theatrical representation in any given period and the means by which they were created. Most of the coverage is on Europe, though early theater in Africa and the Americas is discussed, and three chapters describe Asian theater. Lavishly illustrated of course, often in color. Includes a chronology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This wonderful resource provides a wide variety of information from basic theatre chronology to detailed analyses of several well-known and important plays and "The numerous photographs...bring the discussion to life."--School Library Journal

"Composed of 13 separate essays by 16 authors, traces the development of the theater chronologically and coherently."--The Economist

"Well-written, utterly absorbing, this general history of theater provides a remarkably comprehensive overview of world theater."--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192854421
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 789,901
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
John Russell Brown is Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan and was for fifteen years Associate of the National Theatre in London. He has written numerous books and directed plays for professional and student companies around the world.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: THE FIRST THEATRES
Greek Theatre Theatre in Roman and Christian Europe Beginnings of Theatre in Africa and the Americas
PART TWO: THEATRE IN EUROPE FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO 1700
Italian Renaissance Theatre Spanish Renaissance Theatre English Renaissance and Restoration Theatre French Renaissance and Neo-Classical Theatre
PART THREE: EUROPEAN AND WESTERN THEATRES FROM 1700
Eighteenth-Century Theatre Nineteenth-Century Theatre Modern Theatre: 1890-1920
Theatre after Two World Wars
PART FOUR: WORLD THEATRE
Oriental Theatres - South Asian Theatres, East Asian Theatres, South-East Asian Theatres Theatre since 1970
Chronology Further Reading Acknowledgements Illustrations Sources Index

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