National Theatre in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1746-1900

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Laurence Senelick
Cambridge University Press, Jan 25, 1991 - Drama - 480 pages
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This book chronicles the emergence of a national feeling in the theatres of Northern and Eastern Europe from the mid-eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. Using original documents and sources, including architects' plans, royal edicts, censors' reports, contemporary journalism, directors' blocking notes, memoirs and letters, this volume provides a chronological exploration of theatrical trends in eight countries. The documents reveal that in Denmark, Sweden and Norway the gradual development from royal patent houses and municipal theatres led to a genuinely public and Scandinavian institution. In Poland, Hungary, Bohemia and Romania, theatrical records reveal the evolution of distinctly national repertoires and organizations removed from foreign influences. Similar sources demonstrate that Russia pursued native concepts of acting and playwriting after the retreat of Napoleon that culminated in the foundation of the Moscow Art Theatre. The volume contains numerous illustrations, the source location for each document, and a substantial bibliography.
  

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Contents

General introduction I
1
Denmark 17461889
17
Acting and stage management 17731843
30
Under the Ministry of Culture 184989
49
Sweden 17651900
64
Management and acting at the Royal Theatres
84
The Nya teatern and changes in the Royal Theatre
97
Nationalization vs private management 18701900
108
The government takes over 18219
222
Czech lands Bohemia and Moravia 17841881
231
The Cajetan Theatre and the theatre in Ruzova
245
Tyls leadership and its opposition 184650
256
Hungary 18101838
276
Rumania 18181852
301
Establishing a state theatre In Bucharest 18405a
306
Russia 18121898
317

Norway 18251909
125
The first Bergen venture 184963
139
ProNorwegian activity in Christiania 184765
157
Managing and enlarging the Christiania theatre
177
Poland 17651830
189
Improvements in administration and acting
211
Imperial theatres 18551900
376
Provincial private and peoples theatres 187097
395
Bibliography
421
Index
440
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About the author (1991)

Anton Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860 in Taganrog, Russia. He graduated from the University of Moscow in 1884. Chekhov died of tuberculosis in Germany on July 14, 1904, shortly after his marriage to actress Olga Knipper, and was buried in Moscow.

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