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The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre (Oxford Illustrated Histories)

John Russell Brown

Editore: Oxford University Press, 1995
ISBN 10: 019212997X / ISBN 13: 9780192129970
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Titolo: The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre (...

Casa editrice: Oxford University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1995

Legatura: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Introduction PART ONE: THE FIRST THEATRES Greek Theatre Theatre in Roman and Christian Europe Beginnings of Theatre in Africa and the Americas PART TWO: THEATRE IN EUROPE FROM THE RENAISSANCE TO 1700 Italian Renaissance Theatre Spanish Renaissance Theatre English Renaissance and Restoration Theatre French Renaissance and Neo-Classical Theatre PART THREE: EUROPEAN AND WESTERN THEATRES FROM 1700 Eighteenth-Century Theatre Nineteenth-Century Theatre Modern Theatre: 1890-1920 Theatre after Two World Wars PART FOUR: WORLD THEATRE Oriental Theatres - South Asian Theatres, East Asian Theatres, South-East Asian Theatres Theatre since 1970 Chronology Further Reading Acknowledgements Illustrations Sources Index. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_019212997X

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Riassunto: Reaching back in time and across the world, The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, an authoritative and lavishly illustrated new history, celebrates the stage's greatest achievements over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international, multicultural drama in the late twentieth century, and from Sophocles and Aristophanes to George Gershwin and Harold Pinter. Here are the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, dramatic movements, and more, accessibly and attractively arranged so that everyone with a passion for the stage can follow the glorious procession of this triumphant art throughout history and across cultures.
Beginning with the origins of theatre in Greece and Rome and in the early civilizations of Africa and the Americas, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre guides readers through the full spectrum of dramatic representation--from medieval mystery cycles and miracle plays to the Renaissance in Italy, Spain, England, and France; from Calderon, Shakespeare, and Moliere to Tennessee Williams, Oscar Hammerstein, and Samuel Beckett; and from the Golden Age in Spain to the Dadaist movement and avant-garde. The distinguished contributors highlight what is most vital and defining about the theatre in any given period and uncover the means by which these distinctive achievements were created. Throughout, the book illuminates the theatre's changing role within society, the reasons for the popularity or failure of a given production or trend, and the interplay between the theatre and other forms of art and with contemporary thought. It also gives due weight to how the scene backstage evolved through the centuries--the role of musicians, light, sound, and equipment, and the art of set design--and to the crucial role of the audience and critics. Finally, there are stimulating essays on the history of Asian theatre and a concluding account of theatre since 1970 by editor John Russell Brown that highlights the contributions of our best-loved contemporary playwrights, directors, and lyricists.
Spectacular color and black-and-white illustrations throughout bring the very visual nature of theatre to life, serving as dramatic accompaniment to the text. The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre is an essential source of reference for anyone interested in the stage, from students and teachers to seasoned professionals and starry-eyed fans.

About the Editor:
John Russell Brown is Professor of Theatre at the University of Michigan and was for fifteen years Associate of the National Theatre in London. He has written numerous books and directed plays for professional and student companies around the world.

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