The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 582

View: 7615

A survey of 4,500 years of international performance history covers the significant movements, writers, performers, and events from traditional and avant-garde theater

The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192880628

Category: Theater

Page: 582

View: 6760

This authoritative new history celebrates the stage's greatest achievements. Here are playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, and others, accessibly arranged so that everyone with a passion for the stage can follow the glorious procession of this triumphant art throughout history and across cultures. An essential reference for anyone interested in the stage. 307 illustrations.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera

Author: Roger Parker

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854452

Category: Music

Page: 541

View: 6500

'lavishly illustrated volume' -Sunday Telegraph 30/12/01

The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature

Author: Pat Rogers

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854377

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

View: 4367

'It's delightful to find contributors who love and enjoy literature -- it shows that English literature matters.' -Spectator

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy

Author: J. R. Hill,Bryan Ranft

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198605270

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 4785

Britain is an island nation and throughout history its navy has been of great importance for its defence. As a consequence it has always had a special significance and has over the centuries entrenched itself in the national psyche, making itself manifest not only through the hero-worship of its principal characters such as Horatio Nelson and Sir Francis Drake but also finding expression through art, music, and literature. Like any great national institution, the navy is a complex webof interconnected histories - operational, strategic, political, economic, administrative, technological, and social. Now updated for its paperback edition, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy, in a series of fourteen chapters, provides a thorough and engaging treatment of these histories, covering every aspect of naval history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the dawn of the new millennium. The book explores: Major action and campaigns - the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Anglo-Dutch Wars, the Battle of Trafalgar, the Battle of Jutland, the Atlantic Campaign of 1939-45, the Falklands conflict, the Gulf War, and attacks on terrorist bases in Afghanistan in 2001. Developments in naval history and technology - navigational advances, surveying, constructional developments, disaster relief, the suppression of the slave trade, and the Strategic Defence Review of 1998. Key personalities - Drake and Nelson, Samuel Pepys, Francis Beaufort, Jackie Fisher, Lord Charles Beresford, Lord Jellicoe. Naval life - recruitment (press gangs, training, education, discipline), tactics, gunnery and armaments, amphibious operations, wages and conditions, victualling and supply. How and when did Britain's perception of the sea change from a thing of fear to a 'moat defence' (in the words of Shakespeare)? How did the navy's administrative systems develop during the Tudor period? During the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, its greatest period of expansion, how didthe navy develop strategically and operationally? How successfully did the navy defend the British Empire during the nineteenth century? What role did the navy play in Victorian Britain's thirst for exploring of the world? What technical developments have been important to the navy? What effect did two world wars have on the role of the Royal Navy? What does the modern navy look like now and what about the future? With a full chronology, which has been brought up to date to the end of 2001, an extensive list of further reading, 16 pages of colour plates, 23 maps, 6 special Action Station diagram 'box' features, and around 200 black-and-white integrated illustrations, this is an authoritative and highly readable account of a unique fighting service and its people.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain

Author: John Morrill

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192893277

Category: History

Page: 487

View: 7464

Focuses on the political, social, cultural, and religious changes that occured in Great Britain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage

Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192802132

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 8769

This is the only modern stage-history of its kind, and a book for every Shakespeare-lover. It tells the story of the plays on the English stage - four hundred years of dramatic history, from the vital, competitive theatre of Shakespeare's own lifetime to the wealth of interpretations, classical to experimental, of the present day. It is a story of constant rediscovery, as the fashions, intuitions, and politics of each age reinterpreted the plays' meanings - and often even their plots. Actresses stepped into the female roles written originally for boy-actors; and the theatre evolved, from open-air Elizabethan stages like the Rose and Globe to the proscenium theatre, grand spectacle, and the whole panoply of modern lighting and staging equipment. Written by a team of experts, this book illuminates both the plays and the men and women who staged, adapted, and performed them: Burbage, who was Shakespeare's Richard III, Henry V, and Hamlet; Mary Betterton, in 1664 the first woman to play Lady Macbeth; Garrick, whose lifelong championing of Shakespeare is largely responsible for his elevation to the status of National Poet; and the famous actor-managers who produced the plays on an increasingly grand scale throughout the nineteenth century - Kemble, Kean, Macready, Irving. Generous space is given to the great figures of twentieth-century theatre - Donald Wolfit, Lilian Baylis, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Ralph Richardson, Tyrone Guthrie, Peter Brook - and to the companies and actor - directors of today, from Cheek by Jowl and the Royal Shakespeare Company to Michael Bogdanov and Kenneth Branagh. A special chapter by Dame Judi Dench provides a unique actor's perspective; and the book comes right up to date with accounts of contemporary directors' theatre, including productions by Michael Bogdanov, Deborah Warner, and Sam Mendes. Over a hundred illustrations, and a large cast of actors, audiences, andreviewers, bring to life the key productions and developments described in each chapter, in a dramatic story which is at once history, tragedy, and comedy!

A Source Book in Theatrical History

Author: A. M. Nagler

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486315541

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 640

View: 6807

An annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed passages includes views by observers from ancient Greece to modern times on acting, directing, make-up, costuming, props, much more.

Theatre of the Book, 1480-1880

Print, Text, and Performance in Europe

Author: Julie Stone Peters

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199262168

Category: Drama

Page: 494

View: 7262

Theatre of the Book is an account of the entangled histories of print and the theatre in Europe between the Renaissance and the late nineteenth century: a history of European dramatic publication (providing comparative and historical perspective to the growing field of textual studies); an examination of the creation of the modern notion of text and performance; and a comparative genealogy of ideas about theatrical and textual reception. It shows that, far from being marginal to Renaissance dramatists, the printing press had an essential role to play in the birth of the modern theatre, crucially shaping the normative conception of 'theatre' as a distinct aesthetic medium and of drama as a distinct narrative form, helping to forge a theatricalist aesthetics in opposition to 'the book'. Treating playtexts, engravings, actor portraits, notation systems, and theatrical ephemera at once as material objects and expressions of complex cultural formations, Theatre of the Book examinesthe European theatre's continual refashioning of itself in the world of print.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy

Author: John Ashton Cannon,Ralph Alan Griffiths

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192893284

Category: History

Page: 727

View: 1722

Offers profiles of Britain's royalty of the past and present, and traces changes in the role of the British monarchy.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Greece and the Hellenistic World

Author: John Boardman,Jasper Griffin,Oswyn Murray

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192854384

Category: History

Page: 446

View: 9317

'this book has no equal and would be difficult to better.' -Books and Bookmen

The Making of Theatre History

Author: Paul Kuritz

Publisher: PAUL KURITZ

ISBN: 9780135478615

Category: Alm

Page: 468

View: 7110

The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre

Author: Ananda Lal

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195644463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 563

View: 7197

This Encyclopedic Volume Is The First Of Its Kind In Any Language Covering All Of Indian Theatre. Lavishly Illustrated, With Some Rare Photographs From Archival Collections.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World

Author: Greg Woolf

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521827751

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 4089

An illustrated history of the city of Rome and its impact on the world examines a broad range of topics including science and culture, Rome's relationship with Greece, warfare, and religion.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of British Theatre

Author: Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794305

Category: Drama

Page: 404

View: 5112

A collection of literature anthologies and reference books for Key Stage 3 onwards.

History of the Theatre

Author: Oscar Gross Brockett,Franklin Joseph Hildy

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780205358786

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 692

View: 1648

Chronicles the evolution of the theater from its beginnings to the early twenty-first century, covering styles, creative and technical elements, and the theater's impact on society and culture. Focuses largely on Europe and the U.S. but also discusses Africa, Asia, Latin America, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern Europe

Author: T. C. W. Blanning

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854261

Category: History

Page: 362

View: 402

'a superb volume, complete with maps, and tells the story of a continent from the 18th century to the present day.' -Irish Times

Theatre and Citizenship

The History of a Practice

Author: David Wiles

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521193273

Category: Drama

Page: 258

View: 1471

Shaped by political concerns of today, this is an informed but provocative take on theatre history and theatre's social function.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval England

Author: Nigel Saul

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192893246

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 9618

An introduction to medieval England surveying the years from the departure of the Roman legions to the Battle of Bosworth covers England's social, cultural, political, and religious life during the Middle Ages.