The period 1890-1940 was a particularly rich and influential phase in the development of modern English theatre: the age of Wilde and Shaw and a generation of influential actors and managers from Irving and Terry to Guilgud and Olivier.
Jean Chothia's study is in two parts beginning with a portrait of the period, setting the narrative context and considering the dramatic social and cultural changes at work during this time. It then focuses on some of the main themes in the theatre, from Shaw and comedy, to the rise of political and radio drama, providing an interpretative framework for the period. This volume will be of great benefit to students and academics of English literature and drama, as it covers the work of the major dramatists of the period as well as considering the dramatic output of literary figures, such as James, Eliot and Lawrence.
Part One - An Overview: Plays in Context.
2. English Theatre in the 1890s.
3. 1900-20 The New Drama.
4. 1920-40 Between the Wars.
Part Two - Closer Readings of Some of Some Significant Works and Topics.
5. Four Comedies.
6. George Bernard Shaw.
7. Literary Drama: Henry James, W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot.
8. Dramatising Strife: The Working Classes on the British Stage.
9. Variable Authenticities: Staging Shakespeare in the Early Modern Period.
10. The Blindfold Medium: Early Radio Drama.