While Shakespeare's popularity has continued to grow, so has the attention paid to the work of his contemporaries. The contributors to this Companion introduce the distinctive drama of these playwrights, from the court comedies of John Lyly to the works of Richard Brome in the Caroline era. Includes chapters on a wide range of familiar and lesser-known dramatists, including Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster, Thomas Middleton and John Ford.
This companion includes biographies of writers, performers and directors; plot summaries of major plays; definitions of theatre jargo; articles on the development of the theatre; accounts of major plays; stories of historic, occasionally disastrous, first performances; descriptions of famous theatre buildings; and, articles capturing the atmosphere of theatre life - superstitions, legends, and folklore.
This companion illustrates the vitality and diversity of dramatic work from 1660 to 1710. Essays by leading scholars in the field bring together the best recent insights into the full range of dramatic practice and innovation at the time. Explores historical and cultural contexts; genres of restoration drama; and key dramatists (such as Dryden and Behn).
This companion balances canonical material with discussion of works by previously marginalized playwrights. Includes studies of leading dramatists (e.g. Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O'Neill and Gertrude Stein), allowing readers to make new links between particular plays and playwrights. Examines the movements that framed the century, such as the Harlem Renaissance, lesbian and gay drama, and the solo performances of the 1980s and 1990s.
This text examines key issues in British and Irish theatre since 1979, focusing on major and emerging playwrights; institutions; and various theatre practices. Written by leading international scholars in the field, this collection offers new ways of thinking about the social, political, and cultural contexts of British and Irish theatre and explores the relationship between these contexts and the works produced.
A comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the material conditions of Renaissance plays - England's most important dramatic period. Contributors are both established and emerging scholars, with many leading international figures in the discipline. This text addresses the newest departures and future directions for Renaissance drama scholarship.
From performance before the playhouse to the afterlife of medieval drama in the contemporary avant-garde, this stunning collection of essays is divided into four sections: Northern European Playing before the Playhouse; Modes of Production and Reception; Reviewing the Anglophone Tradition; The Long Middle Ages Offering a much needed reassessment of what is generally understood as "English medieval drama".