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  • 300 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 1247 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 2.02 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792/.03
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PN2035 .C27 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Theater--Dictionaries

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521434379 | ISBN-10: 0521434378)

  • Published September 1995

Unavailable - out of print September 2011


Widely acclaimed for its breadth and scope, The Cambridge Guide to Theatre Second Edition remains the most comprehensive single-volume guide to the history and current practice of worldwide theater available today. The Guide contains a wealth of information on all aspects of theater past and present: major playwrights, works, important traditions, theories, companies, practitioners, venues and events; the origins of popular theater tradition, including folk drama, street theater and mummers plays; the work of actors, directors and designers, including lighting and sound, technical theater, theater architecture and theater design. In this revision, all entries have been reviewed and updated to incorporate political changes and reflect the rise and fall of individual reputations. There are newly commissioned articles on Canada, Spain, New Zealand, Germany, the Caribbean and French-speaking Africa. Special attention has been paid to costumery and gay, lesbian, and feminist theater. A particularly strong feature of the new edition is the weight given to Asian theater and Asian influences on Western drama. By providing information and entertainment, the Guide will prove an indispensable reference tool both for scholars of theater and general theater lovers alike.

Prize Winner

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Books for 1996


"Both theatre students and the general reader should find this of much use and interest. Highly recommended for all fine arts/theatre collections." Reference Book Review

"This resource offers a comprehensive view of the history and present practice of theater in all parts of the impressive overview of a varied and multilayered subject. Because of the vastness and complexity of the art, it would be impossible to list all pertinent entries of interest. To create a complete guide to theater, it would easily require a dozen or more volumes. In this respect, this 1,233-page, 1-volume piece does an exceptional job of including matter the student and theatergoer may wish to know." ARBA

"A good book for dramatic browsing." Toronto Globe & Mail

"...truly international in perspective and coverage. The world-wide coverage makes it a superb reference book....indispensable and highly recommended." School Library Journal

"...authoritative and comprehensive...attractive to scholars and general readers." Library Journal

"Truly encyclopedic in scope and worldwide in breadth, this work presents much valuable information....updates and appears to expand considerably upon what is found in similar, standard publications..." R. G. Stephen, Choice

"...outstanding discussion on the theatrical history and traditions of most countries of the world. The index and cross references enable readers to move easily from one major topic to related articles. This comprehensive work, aimed at scholars, students, and general readers, will prove invaluable..." American Libraries

"...a gem of a reference tool: it is hard to imagine anyone in the theatre who would not benefit from owning a personal copy." Theatre Studies

"...This exciting new edition reviews and updates all entries to incorporate political changes and world theatre social transitions...provides an excellent historical review and guide to past and present theatre movements...Excellent and well detailed." The Bookwatch

"...a current and useful addition to reference shelves." Booklist

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