The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

Author(s): John Russell Brown

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Authoritative and wide-ranging, this absorbing account of the history of theatre draws on the latest scholarly research to describe and celebrate theatre's greatest achievemenst over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international multicultural theatre in the late twentieth century. Written by a team of distinguished authors and illustrated throughout, this is an essential source of reference for students, teachers, theatre professionals, and the theatre-goer alike.


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"This wonderful resource provides a wide variety of information from basic theatre chronology to detailed analyses of several well-known and important plays and playwrights.... The numerous photographs (many in color) bring the discussion to life."--School Library Journal
"Composed of 13 separate essays by 16 authors, traces the development of the theater chronologically and coherently."--The Economist
"Well-written, utterly absorbing, this general history of theater provides a remarkably comprehensive overview of world theater."--Booklist
"Excellent...Highly recommended for all academic and large public libraries."--Library Journal
"This is a handsome volume, and Brown has done an admirable job of blending the views and expertise of the different contributors. Highly readable and highly recommended."--Stage Directions


Introduction; 1. THE FIRST THEATRES; 2. Theatre in Roman and Christian Europe; 3. Beginnings of Theatre in Africa and the Americas; 4. ITALIAN RENAISSANCE THEATRE; 5. Spanish Renaissance Theatre and Neo-Classical Theatre; 6. English Renaissance and Restoration Theatre; 7. French Renaissance and Neo-Classical Theatre; 8. EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY THEATRE; 9. Nineteenth-Century Theatre; 10. Modern Theatre 1890-1920; 11. Theatre After Two World Wars; 12. ORIENTAL THEATRES; South Asian Theatres; East Asian Theatres; South-East Asian Theatres; 13. Theatre since 1970; Chronology; Further Reading; Index

General Fields

  • : 9780192854421
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : March 2001
  • : 246mm X 189mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Russell Brown
  • : Paperback
  • : 792.09
  • : 592
  • : numerous halftones