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Brecht: Mother Courage and Her Children (Plays in Production)by Peter Thomson
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This is the first comprehensive study in English of Brecht's Mother Courage in production. Peter Thomson provides a detailed account of Brecht's own production in 1949 and then explores how the play has been transmitted--from Joan Littlewood's production in 1956 to the Royal National Theatre in 1995. The book also examines interpretations by Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson, and Richard Schechner, among others. Seminal productions from the continent are also analyzed and a final chapter examines the play's influence on among others, Peter Brook, and highlights the new urgency of the text in light of the wars in former Yugoslavia and Uganda.
A study of the production history of "Mother Courage and Her Children".
This is the first comprehensive study of Brechtâ€™s Mother Courage. Peter Thomson chronicles Brechtâ€™s own production and how the play has been transmitted from Joan Littlewood to todayâ€™s theatre. The book also examines interpretations by Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson and Richard Schechner. Additional productions from France, Germany and Africa are also analysed. The final chapter explores the significance of the play in light of the wars in the former Yugoslavia and Uganda.
An accessible study of the production history of Mother Courage and Her Children, a key twentieth-century play.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-197) and index.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; General preface; Acknowledgements; A note on translation; 1. Sources; 2. The text and the stage; 3. The Berlin production: 1949; 4. Mother Courage in English; 5. Mother Courage in the Germanies and in France; 6. The afterlife of Mother Courage ; Productions cited; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
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