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An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance

Volume One – From the Romans to the Enlightenment

Edited by: Robert Leach

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

Print ISBN: 9780815374824
eBook ISBN: 9780429463686
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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 interacts 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>This first volume spans from the earliest forms of performance to the popular theatres of high society and the Enlightenment, tracing a movement from the outdoor and fringe to the heart of the social world. The <I>Illustrated History </I>acts as an accessible, flexible basis for students of the theatre, and for pure fans of British theatre history there could be no better starting point.</P> <P>&nbsp;</P>

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Prologue: The Romans in Britain Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The earliest British performances Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Performing power Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Playing and performing Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Christian epic Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Didactic drama Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Outdoor performance Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The beginnings of professional theatre Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Secular drama Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Theatre in Scotland before 1600 Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Indoor performance Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Theorising Tudor theatre Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Fooling and clowning Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The struggle for control Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Interlude: The Queen’s Men Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Queen Elizabeth and the drama Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The first permanent theatres Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Plays and players in the 1570s and 1580s Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Jigs and jig-makers Download PDF
Chapter  22:  1587–94: The making of ‘Elizabethan’ theatre Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Admiral’s Men at the Rose Theatre Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Staging in the open air playhouse Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Acting in the open air playhouse Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Elizabethan and Jacobean Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Life of the Globe Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Popular theatres, 1600–42 Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Popular audiences in the open air theatres Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Interlude: The boy companies of St Paul’s and the Chapel Royal Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  33:  The Stuart monarchy and the theatre Download PDF
Chapter  34:  A Game at Chess Download PDF
Chapter  35:  The King’s Men at the Blackfriars Theatre Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Beeston’s Boys and the Sons of Ben Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Playgoing in the private theatres Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Theatre at the courts of King James and King Charles Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Theatre when the theatres were closed Download PDF
Chapter  40:  The Restoration narrative Download PDF
Chapter  41:  The Royal Patents Download PDF
Chapter  42:  The Restoration playhouse Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Plays on the Restoration stage Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Restoration actors and acting Download PDF
Chapter  45:  The Restoration audience Download PDF
Chapter  46:  The end of Cavalier theatre Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Interlude: Dramatick opera Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  49:  A Glorious Revolution Download PDF
Chapter  50:  New age, new plays Download PDF
Chapter  51:  The actors’ co-operative Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Immorality and profaneness Download PDF
Chapter  53:  London theatre in the reign of Queen Anne Download PDF
Chapter  54:  Augustan drama Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Theatre practice in the first half of the eighteenth century Download PDF
Chapter  56:  Provincial theatre, 1660–1740 Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Theatre in the reign of George I Download PDF
Chapter  58:  Pantomime and ballad opera Download PDF
Chapter  59:  After The Beggar’s Opera  Download PDF
Chapter  60:  1737 Download PDF
Chapter  61:  Interlude: Eighteenth century amateur theatricals Download PDF
Chapter  62:  Timeline Download PDF
Chapter  63:  After 1737 Download PDF
Chapter  64:  The patent theatres, 1737–77 Download PDF
Chapter  65:  Garrick and acting Download PDF
Chapter  66:  The Scottish Enlightenment and theatre Download PDF
Chapter  67:  Mavericks Download PDF
Chapter  68:  Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg and the stage picture Download PDF
Chapter  69:  The provincial circuits Download PDF
Chapter  70:  The London theatres of Sheridan and Kemble Download PDF
Chapter  71:  Defining the nation Download PDF
Chapter  72:  Siddons and acting Download PDF
Chapter  73:  Whose theatre? Download PDF
Chapter  74:  Interlude: Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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