The Methuen Drama Book of Naturalist Plays: A Doll's House, Miss Julie, The Weavers, Mrs Warren's Profession, Three Sisters, Strife

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The study of Naturalist theatre remains a staple and often foundational part of the curriculum at all levels of drama education. This anthology of six of the most commonly studied and revived Naturalist plays from the European repertoire offers a unique compendium that will serve as required reading for drama courses and is ideal for theatre practitioners and fans.

The selected plays perfectly reflect the formal and geographical diversity of Naturalist theatre as well as its ...

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Overview

The study of Naturalist theatre remains a staple and often foundational part of the curriculum at all levels of drama education. This anthology of six of the most commonly studied and revived Naturalist plays from the European repertoire offers a unique compendium that will serve as required reading for drama courses and is ideal for theatre practitioners and fans.

The selected plays perfectly reflect the formal and geographical diversity of Naturalist theatre as well as its major philosophical, political, and theatrical preoccupations. The volume includes Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House (1879), August Strindberg's Miss Julie (1888), Gerhart Hauptmann's The Weavers (1892), Bernard Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession (1893), Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters (1901), and John Galsworthy's Strife (1909). A critical introduction by Dr. Chris Megson contextualizes the emergence of Naturalist theatre in the late nineteenth century, identifying its principal aims and methods; provides an analysis of the selected plays, mapping their key preoccupations; and ends by considering Naturalism's enduring legacy and resonance today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408128435
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Series: Play Anthologies Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 1.90 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Six of the most influential and most studied European playwrights whose work is associated with the advent and development of Naturalism in the theatre.

Dr Chris Megson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, the University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

A Doll's House 1

Miss Julie Henrik Ibsen Ibsen, Henrik 91

The Weavers August Strindberg Strindberg, August 137

Mrs Warren's Profession Gerhart Hauptmann Hauptmann, Gerhart 221

Three Sisters Bernard Shaw Shaw, Bernard 295

Strife Anton Chekhov Chekhov, Anton 375

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