The Rise and Fall of the Well-Made Play (Routledge Revivals)

By John Russell Taylor

© 1967 – Routledge

168 pages

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About the Book

First published in 1967, this title considers the idea of the ‘well-made play’ in the context of how and why it has been devalued and how far, in allowing it to be devalued, we have lost sight of certain important elements of the theatre. The focus of the book is largely on the development of British theatre and those who have been instrumental to it. This is an indispensable introduction for any student with an interest in the history and development of the British theatre.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Some French Preceptors; Tom Robertson and the 1980s; Henry Arthur Jones; Arthur Wing Pinero; Shaw and Wilde: attack and a way of escape; W. Somerset Maugham; Barker, Galsworthy, Lonsdale; Noël Coward; Terence Rattigan; The way we live now; Note on Sources; Bibliographical Note; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Playwriting