1st Edition

Edward Gordon Craig: A Vision of Theatre

By Christopher Innes Copyright 1998
    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    354 Pages
    by Routledge

    Edward Gordon Craig's ideas regarding set and lighting have had an enormous impact on the development of the theatre we know today.
    In this new and updated edition of his well-known study of Edward Gordon Craig, Professor Christopher Innes shows how Craig's stage work and theoretical writings were crucial to the development of modern theatre. This book contains extensive documentation and re-evaluates his significance as an artist, actor, director and writer. Craig is placed in historical context, and his productions are reconstituted from unpublished prompt-books, sketches, journals and correspondence. Most of the designs and photographs, and many of Craig's writings cited, are not available elsewhere in print. Readers will gain insight into a key period of theatrical history, the life of one of its most fascinating individuals, the nature of stage performance, and into revolutionary ideas that are still challenging today.

    Introduction to the SeriesList of IllustrationsAcknowledgements 1. Prologue: The argument2. Scene changes: Victorian theater, an acting career and points of departure 3. A rising action: Design and movement 4. Problem drama: Texts and performers 5. A play of ideas: Principles, theory and an Ɯbermarionette 6. Toward a new theater: Masques, screens and a Hamlet 7. The theater of the future: Scene, puppets and a religious festival 8. Final bow: A school and the printed word 9. Curtain call: Craig's vision and contemporary theater 10. Programme notes: Craig on TheaterEdward Gordon Craig, 1872-1966: A theatrical chronologyNotesSelect BibliographyIndex

    Biography

    Christopher Innes

    "The volume is rich in illustrations obtained from the collections of Craig's writings and sketches largely held outside Britain, which prove his meticulous eye for detail." - The Stage