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April 5, 2004 0521795362 978-0521795364
This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theater. An introduction surveying the historical period of the theater is followed by an essay contextualizing it within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance and production, (including music, actors, stagecraft and audience), plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender. Types of performances (such as comedy, farce, melodrama) and the economics of the theater are also analyzed.

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"...The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre [will] be a 'must read' volume, a book that any scholar or graduate student interested in the period and its drama should read. And it did not disappoint." Comparative Drama

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This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theatre in its own time and on the contemporary stage. The volume opens with an introduction surveying the theatre of the time, followed by an essay contextualizing the theatre within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance, production, and theatre, including the music, the actors, stagecraft and the audience; plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender. Chapters also deal with comedy, farce, melodrama, and the economics of the theatre.

Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521795362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521795364
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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As someone who is both interested in theatre history and especially Victorian and Edwardian theatre, I was intrigued by this book. It turns out to be comprehensive, but not as much as it could be, and more than one section left me feeling like it was incomplete, to my dismay. Not that anything was bad, or poorly written--on the contrary, the anthology of views (which is what it is) was quite good; just not as fully informative as it could have been. I wanted more in a Cambridge Companion. Recommended, but with a caveat that I infer Theatre History, of which this is an example, is an evolving discipline. The editor did do a splendid job in collating the material.
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