First published in 1911, On the Art of the Theatre remains one of the seminal texts of theatre theory and practice.
Actor, director, designer and pioneering theorist, Edward Gordon Craig was one of twentieth century theatre’s great modernisers. Here, he is eloquent and entertaining in expounding his views on the theatre; a crucial and prescient contribution that retains its relevance almost a century later.
This reissue contains a wealth of new features:
Controversial and original, On the Art of the Theatre stands as one of the most influential books on theatre of the twentieth century.
'We cannot create anything worth seeing or hearing if, like a tame cat, we must first ask others what they think is the best thing to do, and the safest.' – Edward Gordon Craig, 1924
'one of the most influential books of the past century… a great introduction to the notion of 'visual and physical theatre'… Essential reading!' - Total Theatre
Prefaces. Introduction. God Save the King. The Artists of the Theatre of the Future. The Actor and the Uber-Marionette. Some Evil Tendencies of the Modern Theatre. Plays and Playwrights. The Theatre in Russia, Germany, and England. The Art of the Theatre (1st Dialogue). The Art of the Theatre (2nd Dialogue). The Ghosts in the Tragedies of Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Plays. Realism and the Actor. Open-Air Theatres. Symbolism. The Exquisite and the Precious