A revised and updated version of Modern British Drama, 1890–1990, now covering the whole twentieth century, this was the first one-volume analysis of English playwriting to cover the most exciting and productive period in British Theatre from its inception to today. Through detailed discussions of major dramatists and plays, Innes traces the evolution of modernism from Bernard Shaw to Patrick Marber and Sarah Kane, and theatrical developments over the whole century. Includes information on the social and political environment surrounding the plays, first productions, and critical reception, plus chronology, illustrations from key performances, lists of playwrights and works, and selective bibliographies. An invaluable guide for students, theatre-goers and theatre historians.Read more
- Update of the very successful Modern British Drama, 1890–1990: comes right up to end of 2000 and beginning of 2001
- Contains reference features: chronology, bibliographies, photos from key productions; lists of playwrights and their works
- Written especially for theatre enthusiasts and students; accessible guide
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From the first edition of Modern British Drama: '… any student wishing to survey the field will find the work invaluable.' Forum for Modern Language StudiesSee more reviews
'Christopher Innes' study provides the most valuable and extensive coverage that there has been on the subject in one volume. For teachers and students alike this work will become an essential handbook for the hundred years of British drama it covers … In short, the book is a triumph and a major contribution.' Modern Language Review
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521016759
- length: 604 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 37 mm
- weight: 0.939kg
- contains: 21 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
2. Defining modernism: George Bernard Shaw
3. Social themes and realistic formulae [playwrights discussed include: Granville-Barker, Workers' Theatre Movement
4. The comic mirror - tradition and innovation [playwrights discussed include: Maugham
5. Poetic drama - verse, fantasy and symbolic images [playwrights discussed include: Barrie
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