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British Theatre between the Wars, 1918–1939

British Theatre between the Wars, 1918–1939

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Maggie B. Gale, Clive Barker, John Stokes, John Deeney, James Ross Moore, Tony Howard, Ros Merkin, Mick Wallis
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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044509

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  • This volume reveals a theater culture more complex and contradictory than previous histories have allowed for. Combining the popular with the commercial, the book includes accounts of the craze for thriller and detective plays and musical comedy and revue, alongside analyses of historical pageantry and the development of politicized productions of Shakespeare. It initiates a long overdue reassessment of mid-twentieth century British theater cultures. The book will appeal to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates as well as scholars interested in twentieth-century British theater.

    • Reveals a theatre culture more complex and contradictory than previous histories have allowed for
    • Initiates a long-overdue reassessment of mid-twentieth century British theatre cultures
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    "[The book] has an infectious enthusiasm for its subject and makes you want to read the plays discussed." Theater Journal

    "Well-written chapters convincingly illuminate the volume's central thesis...this is a valuable volume that will serve both as an introduction for students of 20th-century theater and as a useful resource for the serious scholar." CHOICE

    "Admirable...This is a work that will stimulate debate and further research." New Theatre Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044509
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.413kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Introduction Maggie B. Gale
    1. Theatre and society: the Edwardian legacy, the First World War and the inter-war years Clive Barker
    2. Body parts: the success of the thriller in the inter-war years John Stokes
    3. When men were men and women were women John Deeney
    4. Girl crazy: musicals and revue between the wars James Ross Moore
    5. Errant nymphs: women and the inter-war theatre Maggie B. Gale
    6. Blood on the bright young things: Shakespeare in the 1930s Tony Howard
    7. The religion of socialism or a pleasant Sunday afternoon?: The ILP Arts Guild Ros Merkin
    8. Delving the levels of memory and dressing up in the past Mick Wallis
    9. The ghosts of war: stage ghosts and time slips as a response to war Clive Barker

  • Editors

    Clive Barker
    Clive Barker has had a long career combining practical work and academic teaching. His ideas on actor training were published as Theatre Games in 1977. He is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly published by Cambridge University Press.

    Maggie B. Gale, University of Birmingham
    Maggie B. Gale is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of West End Women; women on the London stage 1918-1962 (1996) and joint editor with Viv Gardner of Women, Theatre and Performance: New Histories, New Historiographies (2000).


    Maggie B. Gale, Clive Barker, John Stokes, John Deeney, James Ross Moore, Tony Howard, Ros Merkin, Mick Wallis

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