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  • Event Space

    Theatre Architecture and the Historical Avant-Garde

    By Dorita Hannah

    As the symbolists, constructivists and surrealists of the historical avant-garde began to abandon traditional theatre spaces and embrace the more contingent locations of the theatrical ‘event’, the built environment of a performance became not only part of the event, but an event in and of itself.…

    Paperback – 2018-04-06 
    Routledge

  • Sondheim and Wheeler's Sweeney Todd

    By Aaron C. Thomas

    Sweeney Todd, the gruesome tale of a murderous barber and his pastry chef accomplice, is unquestionably strange subject matter for the musical theatre - but eight Tony awards and enormous successes on Broadway and the West End testify to its enduring popularity with audiences. Written by Hugh…

    Paperback – 2018-03-30 
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis

    By Glenn D'Cruz

    "Everything passes/Everything perishes/Everything palls" How on earth do you award aesthetic points to a 75-minute suicide note? The question comes from a review of 4:48’s inaugural production, the year after Sarah Kane took her own life, but this book explores the ways in which it misses the…

    Paperback – 2018-02-26 
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Alistair McDowall's Pomona

    By David Ian Rabey

    ‘It’s all real. All of it. Everything bad is real’ - Moe Alistair McDowall’s Pomona was first staged in 2014 and won properly startling, and startled, acclaim. Its edgeland setting permits a surrealistic disengagement of linear forms of time, which is both dreamlike and wildly funny; nightmarish…

    Paperback – 2018-01-19 
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Holocaust Theater

    Dramatizing Survivor Trauma and its Effects on the Second Generation

    By Gene Plunka

    Facts about the Holocaust are one way of learning about its devastating impact, but presenting personal manifestations of trauma can be more effective than citing statistics. Holocaust Theater addresses a selection of contemporary plays about the Holocaust, examining how collective and individual…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12 
    Routledge

  • New Theatre in Italy

    1963 - 2013

    By Valentina Valentini

    New Theatre in Italy 1963-2013 makes the case for the centrality of late-millennium Italian avant-garde theatre in the development of the new forms of performance that have emerged in the 21st Century. Starting in the Sixties, young artists and militants in Italy reacted to the violence in their…

    Hardback – 2018-01-09 
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music

    By Julian Woolford

    Often dismissed as kitsch sentimentalism, The Sound of Music (1959) has proven enduringly popular and surprisingly influential, both within the field of musical theatre and the wider world. The Broadway production won five Tony Awards, the London production became the longest-running West End…

    Paperback – 2018-01-01 
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Documentary Vanguards in Modern Theatre

    By Timothy Youker

    Practitioners and critics alike often attribute great authenticity to documentary theatre, casting it as a salutary alternative not only to corporate news outlets and official histories but also to the supposed "self-indulgence" and "elitism" of avant-garde theatre. Documentary Vanguards in Modern…

    Hardback – 2017-11-17
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

    By Lynette Goddard

    Errol John wrote Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (1958) after becoming disillusioned about the lack of good roles for black actors on the British theatre scene. While this situation has only slightly improved since, his response has become the most revived black play in Britain, from its original…

    Paperback – 2017-10-09
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

  • Eroding the Language of Freedom

    Identity Predicament in Selected Works of Harold Pinter

    By Farah Ali

    Let down by the uncertainties of memory, language, and their own family units, the characters in Harold Pinter’s plays endure persistent struggles to establish their own identities. Eroding the Language of Freedom re-examines how identity is shaped in these plays, arguing that the characters’…

    Hardback – 2017-09-20
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods

    By Olaf Jubin

    ‘The Woods are just Trees. The Trees are just Wood.’ – All together   In 1987, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine combined several classic fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk to create Into the Woods. Funny and heartfelt, this musical explores what it…

    Paperback – 2017-08-21
    Routledge
    The Fourth Wall

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