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Fourth Approach: Digital & Technological

Alan Read

Alan Read is Professor of Theatre at King's College, London, UK. He was Director of the Council of Europe Workshop on Theatre and Communities, and Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop in the Docklands area of South East London, in the 1980s, worked as a freelance writer in Barcelona and as Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1990s and was the first Professor of Theatre at Roehampton University and then King's College London between 1997 and the present. He is the author of Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (1993) and Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (2008). He is the founding consultant editor of Performance Research journal. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre in the Expanded Field: Seven Approaches to Performance

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...When Denis Diderot, the founder and editor of the Encyclopédie, was growing up in Langres, in the early 1700s, on a limestone promontory in North-East France, at odds with his cutler family and his local Jesuit College, he would have been...

A Bold Stroke for a Wife

Written by

Susanna Centlivre

~playauthor~Written by~ Susanna Centlivre

Aurora Metro Books, 2009

Aurora Metro Books

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 12, Roles: Total (11), Female (3), Male (8), Unassigned (0)

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...Though critics and literary historians have always had to admit that Susanna Centlivre’s comedies were extremely popular, they have tended to devote themselves to a search for evidence in them of supposed deficiencies of ‘the female pen...

David Garrick

Peter Holland

Peter Holland holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and is Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon and is editor of Shakespeare Survey and co-general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Peter Holland is McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame, US.A Peter Holland is the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and the Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Garrick, Kemble, Siddons, Kean Volume II : Great Shakespeareans

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2010

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...Statues There are many well-known events with which my consideration of Shakespeare and David Garrick might begin: with the extraordinary impact of Garrick’s first performances in Shakespeare roles in London in 1741, for example...

Serious Drama

Sarah Grochala

Sarah Grochala is a lecturer in writing for theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK, and teaches playwriting on their MFA/MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media. Her plays, which have been staged nationally and internationally, include: S-27 (Amnesty International/iceandfire Protect the Human Award 2007) and Smolensk (Adopt a Playwright Award 2011). She is currently an associate artist with the theatre company Headlong. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Contemporary Political Play : Rethinking Dramaturgical Structure

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...This chapter explores the political character of the form which currently dominates mainstream understandings of what a political play is in Britain, ‘serious drama’. It considers the term ‘serious drama’ and traces the history of its use...

The Servant of Two Masters

Translated by

Stephen Mulrine

~playauthor~Written by~ Carlo Goldoni , Stephen Mulrine ~playauthor~Translated by~ Stephen Mulrine

Nick Hern Books, 2012

Drama Classics

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 10, Roles: Total (14), Female (3), Male (11), Unassigned (0)

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...Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters (Il servitore di due padroni) is a classic Italian comedy in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, focussing on the attempts of the resourceful and ever-hungry Truffaldino to serve two different...

The Recruiting Officer

Edited by

Tiffany Stern

~playauthor~Written by~ George Farquhar , Tiffany Stern ~playauthor~Edited by~ Tiffany Stern

Methuen Drama, 2011

New Mermaids

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 18, Roles: Total (18), Female (4), Male (14), Unassigned (0)

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...Farquhar’s warm-hearted comedy combines satire and bonhomie to depict the army’s exploitation of sex, money, law and class in a provincial town. The dashing Captain Plume, a recruiting officer for the Grenadiers, and his...

Double Falsehood or the Distressed Lovers (Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

Edited by

Brean Hammond

~playauthor~Written by~ William Shakespeare , Brean Hammond ~playauthor~Edited by~ Brean Hammond

The Arden Shakespeare, 2010

The Arden Shakespeare Third Series

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Acts: 5, Scenes: 16, Roles: Total (18), Female (3), Male (15), Unassigned (0)

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...Double Falsehood, or The Distressed Lovers has long been the subject of scholarly and theatrical doubt. In 1728, Lewis Theobald, Shakespeare editor and struggling man of letters, published the play, claiming it to be his revision of a work...

Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama

Gary Day

Gary Day recently retired as principal lecturer at De Montfort University, UK, where he taught courses on the history of drama, the eighteenth century, modernism, contemporary drama and contemporary fiction. He is the author of Literary Criticism: A New History (2008) and Modernist Literature: 1890–1950 (2010). He has edited a dozen books, including The Wiley Encyclopaedia of British Eighteenth Century Literature (2015) with Jack Lynch. He has contributed to the Cambridge History of Literary Criticism and to the Oxford Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. He has also been a regular columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Story of Drama : Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...When General George Monk (1608–1670) negotiated Charles II’s return to England in 1660, the new king brought with him the culture of the continent chief of which, in terms of drama, was French neoclassicism – the belief that plays...

Introduction

Peter Holland

Peter Holland holds the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and is Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame. He was formerly Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon and is editor of Shakespeare Survey and co-general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Peter Holland is McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame, US.A Peter Holland is the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies and the Associate Dean for the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Garrick, Kemble, Siddons, Kean Volume II : Great Shakespeareans

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2010

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...It always seems to have been better in the past, whatever ‘it’ may be. As Shute Barrington, Bishop of Durham, wrote to a friend,Nothing more palpably shows that we are miserably lost to a sense of true delicacy, and refinement, than...

The Lottery of Love

Written by

Pierre Marivaux

and

John Fowles

Translated by

John Fowles

~playauthor~Written by~ Pierre Marivaux , John Fowles ~playauthor~Translated by~ John Fowles

Faber and Faber, 2017

Faber Drama

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Acts: 3, Roles: Total (7), Female (2), Male (5), Unassigned (0)

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...An eligible suitor has been found for Sylvia but, determined to judge him for herself, she swaps roles with her maid. Meanwhile the suitor and his manservant have the same idea. Before long each believes they are fatally attracted...