The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre
John Russell Brown
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1997 - Theater - 582 pages
The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, an authoritative and lavishly illustrated new history, celebrates the stage's greatest achievements over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international, multicultural drama in the late twentieth century, and from Sophocles and Aristophanes to George Gershwin and Harold Pinter.
Here are the playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, dramatic movements, and more, accessibly and attractively arranged so that everyone with a passion for the stage can follow the glorious procession of this triumphant art throughout history and across cultures. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre guides readers through the full spectrum of dramatic representation as well as giving due weight to how the scene backstage evolved through the centuries--the role of musicians, light, sound, and equipment, and the art of set design--and to the crucial role of the audience and critics. Finally, there are stimulating essays on the history of Asian theater and a concluding account of theater since 1970 by editor John Russell Brown that highlights the contributions of our best-loved contemporary playwrights, directors, and lyricists.
Spectacular illustrations throughout bring the very visual nature of theater to life, serving as dramatic accompaniment to the text. The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre is an essential source of reference for anyone interested in the stage, from students and teachers to seasoned professionals and starry-eyed fans.
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The Oxford illustrated history of theatreUser Review - Book Verdict
Brown (theater, Univ. of Michigan; associate, National Theatre of Great Britain) edits this scholarly work by 16 specialists who "have chosen what seems most vital in their various parts of the past and have tried to share their sense of its importance and pleasures." They succeed in presenting their respective histories of the theater in the larger literary, social, and political contexts. European and other Western theaters between the Renaissance and 1700 are emphasized, while the earliest theaters of Greece, Rome, Christian Europe, Africa, and the Americas, "World Theater" of the Orient, and theater since 1970 receive far less coverage. But single-volume histories are by definition selective. Further reading and a chronology supplement each chapter. Despite its minute print, this excellent book is highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries with strong theater collections.--Ming-ming Shen Kuo, Ball St. Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Review: The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre (Oxford Illustrated Histories)User Review - Melanie Hopkins - Goodreads
I love theatre, and I love theatre history, but this was really slow going for me. It is very much a textbook, and while I appreciated that it touched on some eras and regions that I hadn't previously ... Read full review