The first complete English-language history of German theatre, this study demonstrates how and why theatre became so important in German-speaking countries. Covering leading playwrights, directors and actors in German theatre, the book argues that theatre is more central to the artistic life of German-speaking countries than anywhere else worldwide.
Introduction Maik Hamburger and Simon Williams; 1. German Medieval theatre, c.10–600 Eckehard Simon; 2. German Baroque theatre and the Wandering Players, 1500–1750 George Brandt; 3. Classical theatre and the formation of a civil society, 1720–1832 Anthony Meech; 4. The Realistic theatre and bourgeois values, 1750–1900 Marvin Carlson; 5. The Romantic spirit in German theatre, 1790–1910 Simon Williams; 6. The theatre of dissent from Sturm und Drang to Brecht, 1770–1920 Hilda Meldrum Brown; 7. The rise of the director, 1850–1939 Christopher Innes; 8. Naturalism, Expressionism and Brecht: drama in dialogue with modernity, 1890–1960 David Barnett; 9. Nationalism and its uses in the German theatre, 1790–2000 S. E. Wilmer; 10. The space of the German theatre William F. Condee with Thomas Irmer; 11. Revolutions in scenography in the twentieth century Wilhelm Hortmann; 12. Playwriting in the contemporary German theatre: representation and its discontents, 1960–2006 David Barnett; 13. Directors and actors in the contemporary German theatre, 1945–2006 Michael Raab; 14. Patterns in the German theatre: from Goethe to the present day Erika Fischer-Lichte; 15. Theater-Treffen 2007 Maik Hamburger and Simon Williams.