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An illustrated history of British theatre and performance.: Volume 2, From the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Age

An illustrated history of British theatre and performance.: Volume 2, From the Industrial Revolution to the Digital Age

Leach, Robert, 1942- author

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance chronicles the history and development of theatre from the Roman era to the present day. As the most public of arts, theatre constantly interacted with changing social, political and intellectual movements and ideas, and Robert Leach's masterful work restores to the foreground of this evolution the contributions of women, gay people and ethnic minorities, as well as the theatres of the English regions, and of Wales and Scotland. Highly illustrated chapters trace the development of theatre through major plays from each period; evaluations of playwrights; contemporary dramatic theory; acting and acting companies; dance and music; the theatre buildings themselves; and the audience, while also highlighting enduring features of British theatre, from comic gags to the use of props. Continuing on from the Enlightenment, Volume Two of An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance leads its readers from the drama and performances of the Industrial Revolution to the latest digital theatre. Moving from Punch and Judy, castle spectres and penny showmen to Modernism and Postdramatic Theatre, Leach's second volume triumphantly completes a collated account of all the British Theatre History knowledge anyone could ever need

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Published London: Routledge, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Robert Leach
ISBN: 0429873344, 9780429873348
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 848 pages : illustrations (colour)
Subject: Theatre studies; Performing Arts.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Performing arts; Theater Great Britain History.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780415725163


  1. List of Illustrations
  2. Publishers’ Acknowledgements
  3. Preface
  4. Part One : Theatre and the Industrial Revolution
  5. Interlude : Punch and Judy
  6. Part Two : Romantic Theatre
  7. Interlude : Toy Theatres
  8. Part Three : Modernist Theatre
  9. Interlude : The Art of Edward Gordon Craig’s Theatre
  10. Part Four : Commercial Theatre
  11. Interlude : Shakespeare Wallahs
  12. Part Five : Popular Theatres
  13. Interlude : Mumming Plays
  14. Part Six : Subsidised Theatre
  15. Interlude : Peter Brook and the Empty Space
  16. Part Seven : Postdramatic Theatre
  17. Epilogue : Digital Theatre
  18. Glossary
  19. Index