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The English Stage

The English Stage
A History of Drama and Performance

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Part of Canto original series

  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521556361

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  • The English Stage tells the story of English drama through its many changes in style and convention from medieval times to the present day. John Styan analyzes the key features of staging, including early street theater and public performance, the evolution of the playhouse and the private space, and the pairing of theory and stagecraft in the works of modern dramatists. Giving a critical performance analysis, the author closely examines a few key plays from each age to demonstrate how they succeed on stage. He also focuses on several major playwrights--Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Shaw--and discusses their stagecraft in detail. Styan can be considered among a small number of influential scholars who have helped to develop theater history from its origins in literary studies into an independent and respected field.

    • Provides accessible overview of English theatre in one volume
    • Especially written to suit students and the general reader
    • Written by well-known, leading theatre historian
    • A Canto original - also available in HB, with 4-colour cover
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    "...very informative....provides extremely helpful accounts of the various nonverbal aspects of dramatic performance in the early modern theater." Studies in English Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521556361
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Medieval drama, secular and religious
    2. The early morality play
    3. The Tudor interlude
    4. The Elizabethan theatre
    5. Marlowe's stagecraft
    6. Shakespeare's practice
    7. Ben Jonson's comic stagecraft
    8. The court masque
    9. Jacobean experiment: exploring the form
    10. The Restoration stage
    11. The Georgian theatre
    12. The Victorian theatre
    13. Bernard Shaw and his stage practice
    14. Twentieth-century developments and variations.

  • Author

    John L. Styan, Northwestern University, Illinois

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