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The Cambridge History of British Theatre
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John C. Coldewey, John J. McGavin, Paul Whitfield White, Peter Happé, Jane Milling, Peter H. Greenfield, Suzanne Westfall, Douglas Bruster, Diana E. Henderson, Andrew Gurr, Richard Allen Cave, Martin White, Roslyn L. Knutson, Janette Dillon, David Lindley, Peter Thomson, Richard Dutton, Martin Butler, Janet Clare, Joseph Donohue, Robert D. Hume, Joanne Lafler, Derek Hughes, Judith Milhous, Calhoun Winton, Mark S. Auburn, Görel Garlick, Edward A. Langhans, Jane Moody, Jim Davis, Christopher Baugh, Richard W. Schoch, Kerry Powell, Dave Russell, David Mayer, Joel Kaplan, Dennis Kennedy, Thomas Postlewait, Viv Gardner, Sophie Nield, Chris Dymkowski, Steve Nicholson, Maggie B. Gale, Mick Wallis, Jan MacDonald, Nadine Holdsworth, Ioan Williams, Hazel Walford Davies, Baz Kershaw, John Bull, Colin Chambers, Derek Paget, Vera Gottlieb, Stephen Lacey, Simon Jones, Adrienne Scullion, Roger Owen, Liz Tomlin
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  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781107497115

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  • This three-volume set explores the rich and complex histories of English, Scottish and Welsh theatres from early Britain to the present. Volume 1 begins in Roman Britain and ends with Charles II's restoration to the throne imminent. Volume 2 begins in 1660 with the restoration of King Charles II to the throne and the re-establishment of the professional theatre, interdicted since 1642, and follows the far-reaching development of the form over two centuries and more to 1895. Volume 3 explores the rich and complex histories of English, Scottish and Welsh theatres in the 'long' twentieth century since 1895. Original essays written by leading British and American historians and critics investigate the major aspects of theatrical performance, combining an interest in the written drama with an understanding of the material conditions of the evolving professional theatre that the drama helped to sustain.

    • Three volumes looking at the turbulent public life of performance in Britain
    • Essays written by leading British and American scholars
    • Each volume features 'case studies' of famous plays in performance and is fully illustrated
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    "This set of volmes should be come this century's definitive work on British theatrical history. The essays are eminently readable and informative. It will be a must for all theatre buffs and historians." American Reference Books Annual

    "readers will find some individual chapters new and stimulating" -English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 J.P. Wearing, University of Arizona

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    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781107497115
    • length: 1738 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 80 mm
    • weight: 2.77kg
    • contains: 109 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. Origins to 1660: General preface
    Chronology
    Part I. Pre-Elizabethan Theatre:
    1. From Roman to Renaissance in drama and theatre
    2. Faith, pastime, performance and drama in Scotland to 1603
    3. The Bible as play in Reformation England
    4. Drama in 1553: continuity and change
    Part II. Elizabethan Theatre:
    5. The development of a professional theatre, 1540–1660
    6. Drama outside London after 1540
    7. 'An example of courtesy and liberality': great households and performance
    8. The birth of an industry
    9. Theatre and controversy, 1572–1603
    10. The condition of theatre in England in 1599
    11. Ben Jonson's Every Man in His Humour: a case study
    12. London professional playhouses and performances
    Part III. Jacobean and Caroline Theatre:
    13. Working playwrights, 1580–1642
    14. Theatre and controversy, 1603–42
    15. The Stuart masque and its makers
    16. Clowns, fools and knaves: stages in the evolution of acting
    17. Thomas Middleton's A Game at Chess: a case study
    18. The condition of the theatres in 1642
    19. Theatre and Commonwealth
    Works cited
    Index. Volume 2. 1660–1895: Preface and acknowledgements
    Timeline:
    1660 to 1894
    Part I. 1660–1800:
    1. Introduction: the theatre from 1660 to 1800
    2. Theatres and repertory
    3. Theatre and the female presence
    4. Theatre, politics and morality
    5. Theatre companies and regulation
    6. The Beggar's Opera: a case study
    7. Garrick at Drury Lane, 1747–76
    8. Theatre outside London, 1660–1775
    9. 1776: a critical year in perspective
    10. The theatrical revolution, 1776–1843
    Part II. 1800 to 1895:
    11. Introduction: the theatre from 1800 to 1895
    12. Presence, personality and physicality: actors and their repertoires, 1776–1895
    13. Theatres, their architecture and their audiences
    14. Stage design from Loutherbourg to Poel
    15. Theatre and mid-Victorian society, 1851–1870
    16. Gendering Victorian theatre
    17. Popular entertainment, 1776–1895
    18. The Bells: a case study
    a 'bare-ribbed skeleton' in a chest
    19. The new drama and the old theatre
    20. 1895: a critical year in perspective
    Bibliography of works cited
    Index. Volume 3. Since 1895: Acknowledgements
    Chronology
    List of illustrations
    Part I. 1895–1946:
    1. British theatre, 1895–1946: art, entertainment, audiences – an introduction
    2. The London stage, 1895–1918
    3. Provincial stages, 1900–1934: touring and early repertory theatre
    4. Popular theatre, 1896–1940
    5. Case study: Cicely Hamilton's Diana of Dobson's, 1908
    6. A critical year in perspective:
    1926
    7. The London stage, 1918–45
    8. Social commitment and aesthetic innovation, 1895–1946
    PART II. Scottish and Welsh Theatres, 1895–2002:
    9. Towards national identities: theatre in Scotland
    10. Case study: Ena Lamont Stewart's Men Should Weep, 1947
    11. Towards national identities: Welsh theatres
    12. Case study: refashioning a myth, performances of the tale of Blodeuwedd
    Part III. 1940–2002:
    13. British theatre, 1940–2002: an introduction
    14. The establishment of mainstream theatre, 1946–79
    15. Alternative theatres, 1946–2000
    16. Developments in the profession of theatre, 1946–2000
    17. Case study: Theatre Workshop's Oh What a Lovely War, 1963
    18. 1979 and after: a view
    19. British theatre and commerce, 1979–2000
    20. New theatre for new times: decentralisation, innovation and pluralism, 1975–2000
    21. Theatre in Scotland in the 1990s and beyond
    22. Theatre in Wales in the 1990s and beyond
    23. English theatre in the 1990s and beyond
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Jane Milling, University of Exeter

    Peter Thomson, University of Exeter

    Joseph Donohue, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    Baz Kershaw, University of Bristol

    Contributors

    John C. Coldewey, John J. McGavin, Paul Whitfield White, Peter Happé, Jane Milling, Peter H. Greenfield, Suzanne Westfall, Douglas Bruster, Diana E. Henderson, Andrew Gurr, Richard Allen Cave, Martin White, Roslyn L. Knutson, Janette Dillon, David Lindley, Peter Thomson, Richard Dutton, Martin Butler, Janet Clare, Joseph Donohue, Robert D. Hume, Joanne Lafler, Derek Hughes, Judith Milhous, Calhoun Winton, Mark S. Auburn, Görel Garlick, Edward A. Langhans, Jane Moody, Jim Davis, Christopher Baugh, Richard W. Schoch, Kerry Powell, Dave Russell, David Mayer, Joel Kaplan, Dennis Kennedy, Thomas Postlewait, Viv Gardner, Sophie Nield, Chris Dymkowski, Steve Nicholson, Maggie B. Gale, Mick Wallis, Jan MacDonald, Nadine Holdsworth, Ioan Williams, Hazel Walford Davies, Baz Kershaw, John Bull, Colin Chambers, Derek Paget, Vera Gottlieb, Stephen Lacey, Simon Jones, Adrienne Scullion, Roger Owen, Liz Tomlin

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