A History of Russian Theatre

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Robert Leach, Victor Borovsky
Cambridge University Press, Nov 29, 1999 - Drama - 446 pages
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Written by an international team of experts, this book brings together the fruits of recent research into all areas of Russian theatre history. Of particular interest are the chapters written by senior Russian academics, who not only reveal previously unpublished documentation but also offer alternative insights into their subjects. The History covers the whole range of Russian dramatic experience, from puppet theatre to ballet and grand opera, but its emphasis is on the practice of theatre, especially acting, and the final chapter puts Russian theatre into the wider context of Western performance and the stage. The History begins with the earliest endeavours, with rituals and entertainments, and moves through to the emergence of established drama in the eighteenth century. The history of twentieth-century Russian theatre is a special feature of the volume, with chapters following the progress of drama and performance from the revolution, through communism, up until recent years.
  

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Contents

Russian theatre in world theatre i
1
The origins of the Russian theatre
18
The organisation of the Russian theatre 16451763
41
The emergence of the Russian theatre 17631800
57
Writers and repertoires 18001850
86
Actors and acting 18201850
104
Popular provincial and amateur theatres 18201900
124
Realism in the Russian theatre 18501882
146
u Imperial and private theatres 18821905
218
Stanislavsky and the Moscow Art Theatre 18981938
254
The Silver Age 19051917
278
Revolutionary theatre 19171930
302
The Theatre and Socialist Realism 19291953
325
The thaw and after 19531986
358
Russian theatre in the postcommunist era
382
Russian theatre and Western theatres
407

AleksandrOstrovskydramatist and director
166
The Russian Imperial Ballet
182
Russian opera
199

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About the author (1999)

Robert Leach FCCA ACA is a chartered accountant, lecturer and author of more than 40 books, mainly on financial topics. His books include The Investor's Guide to Understanding Accounts. For two years he was a judge of the Stock Exchange Awards for best published accounts. He has also written encyclopaedias on tax and payroll, and written for many magazines and newsletters, and for anyone who will pay him. www.robertleach.co.uk

Borovsky teaches Russian theatre history at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

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