Focal Press: Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Rethinking Dance History

    Issues and Methodologies, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Larraine Nicholas, Geraldine Morris

    The need to ‘rethink’ and question dance history has not diminished since the first edition of Rethinking Dance History. This revised second edition addresses the needs of an ever-evolving field, with new contributions considering the role of digital media in dance practice; the expansion of…

    Paperback – 2017-07-11 
    Routledge

  • Theatrocracy

    Greek Drama, Cognition, and the Imperative for Theatre

    By Peter Meineck

    Theatrocracy is a book about the power of the theatre, how it can affect the people who experience it, and the societies within which it is embedded. It takes as its model the earliest theatrical form we possess complete plays from, the classical Greek theatre of the fifth century BCE, and offers a…

    Hardback – 2017-07-10 
    Routledge

  • Theatre, Magic and Philosophy: William Shakespeare, John Dee and the Italian Legacy book cover

    Theatre, Magic and Philosophy

    William Shakespeare, John Dee and the Italian Legacy

    By Gabriela Dragnea Horvath

    Analyzing Shakespeare's views on theatre and magic and John Dee's concerns with philosophy and magic in the light of the Italian version of philosophia perennis (mainly Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno), this book offers a new perspective on the Italian-English cultural…

    Hardback – 2017-07-07 
    Routledge
    Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies

  • Adapting Translation for the Stage

    By Geraldine Brodie, Emma Cole

    Translating for performance is a difficult – and hotly contested – activity. Adapting Translation for the Stage presents a sustained dialogue between scholars, actors, directors, writers, and those working across these boundaries, exploring common themes and issues encountered when writing,…

    Hardback – 2017-07-07 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play

    By Michael Y. Bennett

    Theatrical characters’ dual existence on stage and in text presents a unique, challenging case for the analytical philosopher. Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play re-examines the ontological status of theatre and its fictional objects through the 'possible worlds' thesis, arguing that…

    Hardback – 2017-07-07 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850

    Volume II

    By Arnold Schmidt

    During the 1820s and 30s nautical melodramas "reigned supreme" on London stages, entertaining the mariners and maritime workers who comprised a large part of the audience for small theatres with the same sentimental moments and comic interludes of domestic melodrama mixed with patriotic images that…

    Hardback – 2017-06-30 
    Routledge

  • British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850

    Volume III

    By Arnold Schmidt

    During the 1820s and 30s nautical melodramas "reigned supreme" on London stages, entertaining the mariners and maritime workers who comprised a large part of the audience for small theatres with the same sentimental moments and comic interludes of domestic melodrama mixed with patriotic images that…

    Hardback – 2017-06-30 
    Routledge

  • British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850

    Volume I

    By Arnold Schmidt

    During the 1820s and 30s nautical melodramas "reigned supreme" on London stages, entertaining the mariners and maritime workers who comprised a large part of the audience for small theatres with the same sentimental moments and comic interludes of domestic melodrama mixed with patriotic images that…

    Hardback – 2017-06-30 
    Routledge

  • Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy book cover

    Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy

    By Alexandra Coller

    Sixteenth-century Italy witnessed the rebirth of comedy, tragedy, and tragicomedy in the pastoral mode. Traditionally, we think of comedy and tragedy as remakes of ancient models, and tragicomedy alone as the invention of the moderns. Women, Rhetoric, and Drama in Early Modern Italy suggests that…

    Hardback – 2017-06-29 
    Routledge

  • Shakespeare and Commedia dell'Arte

    Play by Play

    By Artemis Preeshl

    Shakespeare and Commedia dell’Arte examines the ongoing influence of commedia dell’arte on Shakespeare’s drama. Blending historical research with extensive practical experience, Artemis Preeshl highlights the influence of commedia dell’arte improvisation, sight gags, and wordplay on the…

    Paperback – 2017-06-28 
    Routledge

  • Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree

    By Catherine Love

    ‘You will see no false nothing false tonight’ – the Hypnotist Tim Crouch’s second play collapses a tale of loss and grief into an exploration of theatrical representation, in a piece of theatre that is at once formally innovative and profoundly moving. Written for two actors, An Oak Tree depicts…

    Paperback – 2017-06-27 
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Davies and Penhall's Sunny Afternoon

    By John Fleming

    ‘They make the Rolling Stones look like US Marines’ – police officer When ‘You Really Got Me’ exploded on Swinging London in 1964, the Kinks forever changed the course of rock ’n’ roll. Ray Davies and Joe Penhall’s Olivier Award- winning Sunny Afternoon (2014) covers the band’s formative years of…

    Paperback – 2017-06-27 
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

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