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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.
"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
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