The Theatre

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“A reliable and detailed document, richly illustrated, of use to students of history and theatre alike.” —The Times Educational Supplement
Acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, the extraordinary evolution of dramatic literature—here is an all-embracing and richly illustrated history, worldwide in scope and ranging from the ancient origins of the theatre in the choral hymns sung around the altar of Dionysus to the endless variety of forms that theatre takes in our own day. For this fourth...

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Overview

“A reliable and detailed document, richly illustrated, of use to students of history and theatre alike.” —The Times Educational Supplement
Acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, the extraordinary evolution of dramatic literature—here is an all-embracing and richly illustrated history, worldwide in scope and ranging from the ancient origins of the theatre in the choral hymns sung around the altar of Dionysus to the endless variety of forms that theatre takes in our own day. For this fourth edition, Enoch Brater, Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Michigan, has contributed a revised and extended final chapter on contemporary theatre and updated factual information throughout the book. With its wealth of illustrations and up-to-date reference material, this is an indispensable book for all theatre-goers.

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Times Supplement
"A reliable and detailed document, richly illustrated, of use to students of history and theatre alike." --The Times Educational Supplement
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A fast-forward version of the genre, from the Greek and Roman eras to the 1990s. Considers acting, directing, stagecraft, theater architecture and design, and of course the plays themselves. Hartnoll (d. 1997) was a pioneer of theatre research. The first two editions were published in 1968 and 1985; Enoch Brater (English and theater, U. of Michigan) directs the third. No subject index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500204092
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: World of Art Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,011,164
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Hartnoll was editor of the Oxford Companion to the Theatre and a well-known authority on theatre history.

Enoch Brater is Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Greek and Roman Theatre 7
Ch. 2 The Medieval Theatre 32
Ch. 3 The Theatre of the Italian Renaissance 51
Ch. 4 The Elizabethan Theatre 72
Ch. 5 The Golden Age of Spain and France 91
Ch. 6 The English Restoration Theatre 113
Ch. 7 The Theatre in Eighteenth-Century Germany 129
Ch. 8 France before the Revolution 148
Ch. 9 The Early Nineteenth-century Theatre 165
Ch. 10 The Later Nineteenth-century Theatre 186
Ch. 11 Ibsen, Chekhov and the Theatre of Ideas 214
Ch. 12 The Modern Theatre 240
Ch. 13 The Contemporary Theatre 271
Notes on the Illustrations 287
Select Bibliography 299
Index 301
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