4th Edition

Theory/Theatre An Introduction

By Mark Fortier Copyright 2025
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    This fully updated and revised fourth edition of Theory/Theatre is a unique and highly engaging introduction to cultural theory as it relates to theatre and performance. It is a comprehensive and accessible examination of current theoretical approaches, from semiotics and poststructuralism, through to cultural materialism, postcolonial studies, queer and feminist theories.

    Key updates to the new edition include further perspectives and expanded content on:

    -          Technology, audience reception and liveness

    -          Further examinations of feminism, transgender and gender theory, as well as queer theory

    -          Disability studies

    -          Critical Race Theory

    -          Decolonisation

    -          Intersectionality

    -          Radical Phenomenology

    Bringing contemporary voices and examples to light, author Mark Fortier introduces the ways in which established and emerging theories can interact with theatre and performance.

    This is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of theatre and performance studies.





    Chapter 1 Theatre, Body, Life and Language



                Post-structuralism and Deconstruction

                Cognitive Theory


    Chapter 2 Subjectivity and Theatre

                Psychoanalytic Theory

                Gender Theories


                Reader-Response and Reception Theory


    Chapter 3 World and Theatre

                Materialist Theory

                Postmodern Theory

                Post-Colonial Theory

                Critical Race Theory






    Mark Fortier is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is co-editor of Adaptations of Shakespeare (Routledge 2000) and his research interests include Shakespeare, the intersections of law and literature, and looking at how theory interacts with theatre studies.

    Praise for Previous Editions.

    "Fortier’s book is still extremely useful—authoritative, comprehensive, and evenhanded."

    - CHOICE, R. Remshardt, University of Florida


    'As an introduction to the question of theory for the student of theatre, it is excellent.'

     - Christopher McCullough, MLR