The Great Reform of the Theatre in Europe: A Historical Study

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Pages:384
ISBN:1-4955-0787-4
978-1-4955-0787-8
Price:$239.95
This book traces a movement in European theatre history known as the Great Reform of Theatre. This movement unfolded roughly between 1880 and the late 1930s. It developed against the background of dramatic political, technological, and cultural changes in the entire western world. The Reform transformed all facets of European theatre including play-writing, mise-en-scene, performance, production, criticism, and social significance.

Reviews

"In keeping with its ambitions, the volume lies somewhere between the encyclopedic, with entries compiled in a roughly time-based chronology rather than alphabetically, and a narrative history.

The sense of encyclopedic stems largely from the way in which the authors have organized information as individual entries that gradually trace the European theatre's transition from the star-centered melodramas of the nineteenth century to one marked by the emergence of the director as a potent artistic force."
Dr. Ian Watson,
Rutgers University, Newark


Table of Contents

Abstract

From the Authors

Acknowledgements

Preface by Ian Watson

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: The Beginnings of the Great Reform

Part 3: The Founding Fathers of the Reform

Part 4: The Widening of the Reform

Part 5: Maturity of the Reform

Part 6: Conclusion of the Reform

Summary

Selected Bibliography

Index of Names