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A Short History of Western Performance Space

A Short History of Western Performance Space

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  • Author: David Wiles, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012744

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  • David Wiles considers theatrical activity "happening" in churches, streets, pubs and galleries, as well as in buildings explicitly designed to be "theaters", in this historical account. Surveying performance space usage within the traditions of Western Europe, Wiles traces a diverse set of continuities, from Greece and Rome to the present, including many areas not included in standard accounts of theater history.

    • A contribution to dramatic theory, understanding theatre not in terms of what is said or happens on stage but in terms of spatial relationships
    • Takes a much broader view of theatre than previous theatre histories
    • Offers complex and wide-ranging material in a digestible form
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    "Meticulously researched, covering a broad sweep of performance history from classical Greece to modernist western Europe, lavishly illustrated with reproductions, original line drawings, maps, and diagrams, it presents descriptions and analyses of a wide range of performance practices." Modern Drama

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012744
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 55 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Introduction
    2. Sacred space
    3. Processional space
    4. Public space
    5. Sympotic space
    6. The cosmic circle
    7. The cave
    8. The empty space
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  • Author

    David Wiles, Royal Holloway, University of London
    David Wiles is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London. His previous publications have mainly been in the field of Elizabethan and Greek theatre, including Shakespeare's Clown: Actor and Text in the Elizabethan Playhouse (Cambridge, 1987) and Greek Theatre Performance (Cambridge, 2000). This is his seventh book.

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