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French Theatre in the Neo-classical Era, 1550–1789

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Part of Theatre in Europe: A Documentary History

Jan Clarke, Edward Forman, John Golder, William D. Howarth, Michael O'Regan, Christopher Smith
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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100878

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  • This volume covers the period that saw the establishment in France of a centralized official theater--not only the Comédie-Française, but an Italian theater and a state Opera; the often subversive independent theaters are also discussed. Nearly 1000 documents are, for the most part, newly translated and many are published for the first time. Over 120 pictorial documents provide a visual dimension where relevant. A copious bibliography helps to make this an important reference work and a valuable research tool.

    • The first book to bring together documents in this era of theatre history
    • Contains rare and valuable photographs
    • Offers the first translation into English of many relevant documents
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    "This book is undoubtedly a useful tool for anyone dealing with studies of French theatre." Tjene Tedeschi, Sixteenth Century Journal

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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100878
    • length: 764 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • contains: 129 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of documents
    General editors' preface
    Editor's preface
    Historical references and glossary
    Part I. 1550–1630 Christopher Smith:
    1. Documents of control
    2. Humanist drama
    3. Theatre in Paris
    4. Theatre in the provinces
    5. Theatre at court
    Part II. 1630–80 Edward Forman, Michael O'Regan and William D. Howarth:
    6. Documents of control
    7. Playhouses and companies
    8. Actors and acting
    9. Mise-en-scène and costume
    10. Audiences
    11. Authors and their critics
    Part III. 1680–1715 Jan Clarke
    12. Documents of control
    13. Company documents
    14. Playhouses
    15. The play in rehearsal and performance
    16. Audiences
    17. Provincial and amateur theatre
    18. The morality debate
    Part IV. 1715–91 John Golder and William D. Howarth:
    19. Documents of control
    20. Company administration
    21. Theatre architecture
    22. Stage presentation
    23. Actors and acting
    24. Audiences, critics and the eighteenth-century repertoire
    25. Censorship and the morality debate
    26. Independent, provincial and private theatres
    27. Actors and authors
    the end of the ancien régime

  • Editor

    William D. Howarth, University of Bristol


    Jan Clarke, Edward Forman, John Golder, William D. Howarth, Michael O'Regan, Christopher Smith

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