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This is a superbly illustrated exploration of drama in Britain from the earliest times to the present day. Written with style and imagination, the book not only looks at the development of dramatic form through the ages, but also considers such issues as the development of the acting profession, forms of staging, and other aspects of performance. Theater is considered throughout in relation to the broad social and historical context of the day. This history provides the broadest possible coverage of British theater from satire and burlesque, to melodramas and pantomime, and it is distinctive in its treatment of alternative and "minor" forms of theater alongside the legitimate and mainstream modes. This lively book should appeal to all general readers with an interest in the theater arts. Simon Trussler is a drama professor at the University of London and the editor of New Theatre Quarterly.
A major illustrated history of British theatre from the earliest times to the present day.
Combining authoritative writing with superb illustration, The Cambridge Illustrated History of British Theatre is a fascinating exploration of the development of the live performing arts in Britain from the earliest times to the present day. Taking a broad view of theater, the book covers everything from the minor and "illegitimate" to the mainstream and "official"--whether the mystery plays of the Middle Ages or the "real time drama" of Coronation Street, the courtly theater of Shakespeare or the contemporary "fringe." The book is aimed at both students and general readers. Simon Trussler is a retired drama professor at the University of London and the editor of New Theatre Quarterly.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Roman Britain and the Early Middle Ages; 2. The High Middle Ages; 3. The Later Middle Ages; 4. The shaping of a professional theatre; 5. The era of the outdoor playhouses; 6. The Jacobean theatre; 7. The Caroline and Commonwealth theatre; 8. The Restoration theatre; 9. The birth of a Bourgeois theatre; 10. The actors ascendant; 11. Opposition and oppression; 12. The Garrick years; 13. From manners to melodrama; 14. The end of the monopoly; 15. Towards a respectable theatre; 16. The speculative theatre; 17. Romance and realism; 18. The war and the long weekend; 19. The utility theatre; 20. Anger and affluence; 21. Alternative theatres; 22. Theatre and the marketplace; 23. Epilogue.
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