This lively introduction to theatre offers equal measures of appreciation of theatrical arts, history of performance, and descriptions of the collaborative theatrical crafts. The author's enthusiasm for and knowledge of the current theatre, highlighted by contemporary production shots from around the world, put the students in the front row. The text includes extensive excerpts from seven plays: Prometheus Bound, Oedipus Tyrannos, The York Cycle, Romeo and Juliet, The Bourgeois Gentleman, The Three Sisters, and Happy Days.
Theatre, Seventh Edition
Part 1 The Theatre: Its Elements
Chapter 1, What is the Theatre?
Chapter 2, What is a Play?
Part 2, The Past
Chapter 3, The Ancients
Chapter 4, The Middle Ages
Chapter 5, The Shakespearean Era
Chapter 6, The Theatre of Asia
Chapter 7, The Royal Theatre
Part 3 The Present
Chapter 8, The Modern Theatre: Realism
Chapter 9, The Modern Theatre: Antirealism
Chapter 10, The Musical Theatre
Chapter 11, Theatre Today: What, Who, and Where?
Part 4 The Practitioners
Chapter 12, The Actor
Chapter 13, The Playwright
Chapter 14, Designers and Technicians
Chapter 15, The Director
Chapter 16, The Critic