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Few plays have generated more controversy or had a more extraordinary performance history than Molière's Don Juan. David Whitton's study examines various ways in which this enigmatic masterpiece has been interpreted in performance through the vision of different directors and in a variety of cultural and social contexts. In a series of critical studies, key productions are reconstructed using prompt books, production notes, photographs, contemporary reviews, and memoirs. Among the interpretations discussed are those of Meyerhold and Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, Jouvet, and Chéreau. The book is illustrated with numerous photographs and contains a geographical-chronological table of productions.Read more
- One of the first volumes in the new series Plays in Production
- Offers the first overview of the theatrical history and interpretation of Molière's Don Juan
- Provides informative illustrations and reference resources; perfect for students, practitioners and the theatre-goer
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"David Whitton has done a substantial favor to all those who love Molière...he has married conception to reception and demonstrated the apparently `infinitely renewable stage life' (174) of Molière's most enigmatic creation." L'Esprit CréateurSee more reviews
"There is a great deal to commend in this book. Professor Whitton has a solid academic background on which to base his analyses....I was impressed in particular by his remarkable sensitivity to stage values--decor, costume, lighting, colour, dynamics of tone and movement. A man of theatre is here coupled with the scholar....I have not been able to consult the preceding volumes in the series, but if the forthcoming ones meet the quality standards of Whitton's book, this should be a successful series." Harold Knutson, Essays in Theatre
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- Date Published: April 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521478670
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 215 x 138 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
1. Don Juan, 1665–1925
2. Major productions on the modern French stage
3. Major productions on the modern European stage
4. Other productions
Appendix: Geographical - chronological production list
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