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The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Theatre

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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521869867

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  • British theatre has long been regarded as a world-leader in terms of its quality, creativity and range. Starting in 1900, this book introduces the features that characterise modern and current British theatre. These features include experimental performances under motorways alongside plays by Stoppard and Ayckbourn, amateur theatre and virtual spaces, the emergence of the director, the changing role of writers and political and community shows. The book is clearly divided into four sections: where it happens, who does it, what they make and why they do it. It discusses theatre buildings and theatre which refuses buildings; company organisation, ensembles and collectives, and different sorts of acting. A large section describes the major work done for the stage, from Shaw through to Complicite, via poetic drama, different sorts of realism and documentary drama. The Introduction stands apart from other accounts of modern British theatre by bringing together buildings, people and plays.

    • Covers all the key periods of major modern theatrical activity in one volume
    • Provides different treatments of material - close analysis of texts is accompanied by sections of overview, so that the reader understands both how shows work and where they fit
    • Differs from previous accounts of the subject by bringing together discussion of all aspects of modern British theatre
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    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521869867
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword
    1. Where it happens: National theatre
    Buildings and their people
    Against the theatre institution
    Shows without theatres
    2. Who does it: The organisation of actors and companies
    What actors do
    Directors
    Writers
    3. What they make: The readable tradition
    Poetic drama
    Realisms
    Deferring to the real: theatre as document
    Cruelties
    Other than words
    4. Why they do it: Movements and manifestos
    Making good theatre
    Afterword.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • British Theatre and Performing Arts
    • Modern British Drama
    • Theatre in London
  • Author

    Simon Shepherd, Central School of Speech and Drama, London
    Simon Shepherd is Deputy Principal and Professor of Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

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