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History of theatre
Grant, Neil, 1938-
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London : Hamlyn ; New York, NY : Distributed in the United States and Canada by Sterling Pub., [2002]

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192 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
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Includes index.
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PN2101 .G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
PN2101 .G73 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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All the world's a stage--and this all-encompassing history of theatre presents stages throughout the world, placed in their historical and geographical contexts. The key dramatists and their works, major actors, and critical writers take their bows, backed up by memorable quotations and more than 150 illustrations. Go back to the Ancient World, to dance drama, comic and tragic Greek theatre, and Roman entertainments. The wide range of Oriental styles covered include those from India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, as well as puppet theatre. Imagine what it would have been like to see plays during the age of Shakespeare, by MoliÈre and the ComÉdie FranÇaise, in the heyday of Italian opera, or by Brecht's company in Germany. Ballet, pantomime, circus, provincial theatre-nothing is forgotten! A Selection of Stage & Screen Book Club.

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Library Journal Review

A professional writer and historian, Grant (Scottish Clans and Tartans, etc.) provides a brief history of world theater, from the earliest times to the present. While he emphasizes Western traditions, he also provides glimpses of other cultures, including those of India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Also covered are related performing arts, such as ballet, opera, and puppet theater, which are discussed in light of their relationship with, and effects upon, Western theater. Grant's analysis includes a mixture of literary, archaeological, and historical evidence, and his metaphorical prose provides a pleasurable and insightful discussion of theater in a social context. The result is an oversized tome that has the appearance of an attractive, quality coffee-table book meant for browsing. There is nothing new here for theater collections with any substantial encyclopedia of world theater, but the more than 150 illustrations, including photographs, portraits, paintings, and historical playbills, are a real treat. Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.