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An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance

From the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Age

Edited by: Robert Leach

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415725163
eBook ISBN: 9780429463679
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429463679
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<P><EM>An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance</EM> chronicles the history and development of theatre from the Roman era to the present day. As the most public of arts, theatre constantly interacted with changing social, political and intellectual movements and ideas, and Robert Leach?s masterful work restores to the foreground of this evolution the contributions of women, gay people and ethnic minorities, as well as the theatres of the English regions, and of Wales and Scotland.</P> <P></P> <P>Highly illustrated chapters trace the development of theatre through major plays from each period; evaluations of playwrights; contemporary dramatic theory; acting and acting companies; dance and music; the theatre buildings themselves; and the audience, while also highlighting enduring features of British theatre, from comic gags to the use of props. </P> <P></P> <P>Continuing on from the Enlightenment, Volume Two of <I>An Illustrated History of British Theatre</I> <I>and Performance </I>leads its readers from the drama and performances of the Industrial Revolution to the latest digital theatre. Moving from Punch and Judy, castle spectres and penny showmen to Modernism and Postdramatic Theatre, Leach?s second volume triumphantly completes a collated account of all the British Theatre History knowledge anyone could ever need.</P>

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The rise of the ‘minors’ Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Gothic Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Imperial extravaganza Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Penny showmen Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Drama of the Industrial Revolution Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Acting in melodrama Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Joseph Grimaldi and Regency pantomime Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The struggle for a free stage Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Blood tubs, penny gaffs and the theatre of the streets Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Factory acts Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Northern strollers Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Free and easy Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Interlude: Punch and Judy Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Romantic drama Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Romantic performance Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The theatre deregulated Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Staging the new imperialism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  In search of a national theatre Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Towards an Aristophanic drama Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Women and Victorian theatre Download PDF
Chapter  23:  On the margins Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Mid-nineteenth century Scottish theatre Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Heyday of the halls Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Realism and respectability Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Theatre in the provinces Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Off stage Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Fun Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The actor-managers Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Respectable Romantic acting Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The gay nineties Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Fallen women and bad girls Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Interlude: Toy theatres Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Shakespeare Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Symbolist theatre Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Ibsenism Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Independent theatres Download PDF
Chapter  40:  The new woman Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Naturalism Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Naturalism on the stage Download PDF
Chapter  43:  For the future Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Theatre and women’s suffrage Download PDF
Chapter  45:  The repertory movement Download PDF
Chapter  46:  A pioneer Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Other theatres Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Modern Shakespeare Download PDF
Chapter  49:  English workers theatre Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Welsh drama Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Scottish modernist theatre Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Expressionism on the stage Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Christian drama Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Theatre workshop Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Interlude: The art of Edward Gordon Craig’s theatre Download PDF
Chapter  56:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Staging the First World War Download PDF
Chapter  58:  Musical comedy, revue and variety Download PDF
Chapter  59:  The impresarios and their patrons Download PDF
Chapter  60:  Well-made plays Download PDF
Chapter  61:  The acting profession Download PDF
Chapter  62:  Theatre and the Second World War Download PDF
Chapter  63:  Post-war Download PDF
Chapter  64:  Hard times Download PDF
Chapter  65:  Revival? Download PDF
Chapter  66:  Interlude: Shakespeare Wallahs Download PDF
Chapter  67:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  68:  Popular performance Download PDF
Chapter  69:  Circus Download PDF
Chapter  70:  Fit-ups Download PDF
Chapter  71:  Lingering melodies Download PDF
Chapter  72:  Beside the seaside Download PDF
Chapter  73:  Twentieth century pantomime Download PDF
Chapter  74:  Concert parties Download PDF
Chapter  75:  Variety Download PDF
Chapter  76:  The clubs Download PDF
Chapter  77:  Stand-up Download PDF
Chapter  78:  Interlude: Mumming plays Download PDF
Chapter  79:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  80:  CEMA into Arts Council Download PDF
Chapter  81:  The English Stage Company at the Royal Court Download PDF
Chapter  82:  Murmurs from abroad Download PDF
Chapter  83:  Transformation Download PDF
Chapter  84:  The regional reps Download PDF
Chapter  85:  The rise of the director Download PDF
Chapter  86:  Theatre and education Download PDF
Chapter  87:  Alternative theatre Download PDF
Chapter  88:  Theatre under Thatcher Download PDF
Chapter  89:  Making the headlines Download PDF
Chapter  90:  Scottish theatre before and after devolution Download PDF
Chapter  91:  Towards the millennium Download PDF
Chapter  92:  A new beginning? Download PDF
Chapter  93:  Interlude: Peter Brook and the empty space Download PDF
Chapter  94:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  95:  Post-war Download PDF
Chapter  96:  Happenings and performance art Download PDF
Chapter  97:  Visual and physical theatre Download PDF
Chapter  98:  Site specific Download PDF
Chapter  99:  Deconstruction Download PDF
Chapter  100:  Multimedia Download PDF
Chapter  101:  Epilogue: Digital theatre Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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