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The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre
By John Russell Brown (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date November 9, 1995
Pages 582
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780192129970
ISBN-10 019212997X
Dimensions 1.75 by 7.75 by 10 in.
Weight 3.70 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $55.00
Other format details university press
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Summary
Drawing on the latest research, an illustrated history surveys the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, playhouses, and dramatic movements over four and a half millennia of drama East and West, illustrated with hundreds of pictures. UP.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Reaching back in time and across the world, The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, an authoritative and lavishly illustrated new history, celebrates the stage's greatest achievements over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international, multicultural drama in the late twentieth century, and from Sophocles and Aristophanes to George Gershwin and Harold Pinter. Here are the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, dramatic movements, and more, accessibly and attractively arranged so that everyone with a passion for the stage can follow the glorious procession of this triumphant art throughout history and across cultures.
Beginning with the origins of theatre in Greece and Rome and in the early civilizations of Africa and the Americas, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre guides readers through the full spectrum of dramatic representation--from medieval mystery cycles and miracle plays to the Renaissance in Italy, Spain, England, and France; from Calderon, Shakespeare, and Moliere to Tennessee Williams, Oscar Hammerstein, and Samuel Beckett; and from the Golden Age in Spain to the Dadaist movement and avant-garde. The distinguished contributors highlight what is most vital and defining about the theatre in any given period and uncover the means by which these distinctive achievements were created. Throughout, the book illuminates the theatre's changing role within society, the reasons for the popularity or failure of a given production or trend, and the interplay between the theatre and other forms of art and with contemporary thought. It also gives due weight to how the scene backstage evolved through the centuries--the role of musicians, light, sound, and equipment, and the art of set design--and to the crucial role of the audience and critics. Finally, there are stimulating essays on the history of Asian theatre and a concluding account of theatre since 1970 by editor John Russell Brown that highlights the contributions of our best-loved contemporary playwrights, directors, and lyricists.
Spectacular color and black-and-white illustrations throughout bring the very visual nature of theatre to life, serving as dramatic accompaniment to the text. The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre is an essential source of reference for anyone interested in the stage, from students and teachers to seasoned professionals and starry-eyed fans.

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Hardcover
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from Oxford Univ Pr (November 9, 1995)
9780192129970 | details & prices | 582 pages | 7.75 × 10.00 × 1.75 in. | 3.70 lbs | List price $55.00
About: Drawing on the latest research, an illustrated history surveys the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, playhouses, and dramatic movements over four and a half millennia of drama East and West
Paperback
Book cover for 9780192854421
 
Reissue edition from Oxford Univ Pr (June 28, 2001)
9780192854421 | details & prices | 7.25 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 2.80 lbs | List price $32.95
About: A survey of 4,500 years of international performance history covers the significant movements, writers, performers, and events from traditional and avant-garde theater
from Oxford Univ Pr (May 1, 2001)
9789990055337 | details & prices | List price $0.02

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