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Stage-Play and Screen-Play

The intermediality of theatre and cinema, 1st Edition

By Michael Ingham


230 pages

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Dialogue between film and theatre studies is frequently hampered by the lack of a shared vocabulary. Stage-Play and Screen-Play sets out to remedy this, mapping out an intermedial space in which both film and theatre might be examined.

Each chapter’s evaluation of the processes and products of stage-to-screen and screen-to-stage transfer is grounded in relevant, applied contexts. Michael Ingham draws upon the growing field of adaptation studies to present case studies ranging from Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan and RSC Live’s simulcast of Richard II to F.W. Murnau’s silent Tartüff,Peter Bogdanovich’s film adaptation of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, and Akiro Kurosawa’s Ran, highlighting the multiple interfaces between media.

Offering a fresh insight into the ways in which film and theatre communicate dramatic performances, this volume is a must-read for students and scholars of stage and screen.

Table of Contents

Introduction: All the screen’s a stage; the critical-theoretical background

Chapter 1 "Inexplicable dumb-shows"? Stage drama and adaptation in the silent movie era

Chapter 2 Staging cinema: from ‘cinefied’ theatre to ‘theatred’ film

Chapter 3 "A monster of the multitude": simulcast and 'captured live' versions of stage dramas

Chapter 5 Filmed theatre: "cinema can be theatrical"

Chapter 6 Complementary forms: the play-within-the-film

Chapter 7 "The truth of cinematography"



About the Author

Michael Ingham is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He is a founder member of Theatre Action, a drama group specializing in action research on literary drama texts and intercultural adaptations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism