The Cambridge Introduction to English Theatre, 1660-1900

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Cambridge University Press, 14 de set. 2006 - 310 pàgines
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.

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The material circumstance
3
The drama
30
Actors and acting
49
The material circumstance
69
The drama
89
Actors and acting
102
The material circumstance
115
The drama
134
Actors and acting
149
The material circumstance
167
The drama
186
Actors and acting
204
The material circumstance
221
The drama
240
Actors and acting
258

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Sobre l'autor (2006)

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

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