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The Cambridge Introduction to English Theatre, 1660-1900


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  • Date Published: September 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521547901

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  • This 2006 introduction aims to share with readers the author's enjoyment of the turbulent 240-year history of a theatre that tried, often against the odds, to be 'modern'. In each of its five parts, it deals successively with history and cultural context, with the plays and the actors who caught the imagination of their era. Peter Thomson's text, always approachable, is enriched by quotations and carefully selected illustrations that capture 'the spirit of the age' under consideration. Beginning with the reopening of the playhouses under licence from Charles II, Thomson introduces the modern English theatre by breaking off at key dates - 1700, 1737, 1789 and 1843 - in order to explore both continuity and innovation. Familiar names and well-known plays feature alongside the forgotten and neglected. This is a reading of dramatic history that keeps constantly in mind the material circumstances that produced, and sometimes oppressed, a supremely popular theatre.

    • An easy to read introduction to English theatre from 1660 to 1900
    • Places theatre in its cultural and political context, and includes discussion of neglected plays and playwrights
    • Includes helpful text boxes with illustrative quotations, full chronologies and over thirty carefully selected illustrations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521547901
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The theatre restored:
    1. The material circumstance
    2. The drama
    3. Actors and acting
    Part II. The theatre reformed:
    4. The material circumstance
    5. The drama
    6. Actors and acting
    Part III. The theatre tamed:
    7. The material circumstance
    8. The drama
    9. Actors and acting
    Part IV. Theatre in the age of reform:
    10. The material circumstance
    11. The drama
    12. Actors and acting
    Part V. The theatre industry:
    13. The material circumstance
    14. The drama
    15. Actors and acting
    Index of plays.

  • Author

    Peter Thomson, University of Exeter
    Peter Thomson is Emeritus Professor of Drama, University of Exeter.

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