WorldCat Identities

Thomas, David 1942-

Overview
Works: 10 works in 61 publications in 1 language and 2,012 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Host, Editor, Other, Singer
Classifications: PN2592, 792.094
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Thomas
Restoration and Georgian England, 1660-1788( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Restoration theater from tennis court to playhouse( Visual )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Restoration, new playhouses were built to replace the many theaters destroyed by Cromwell in the English Civil War. The new theaters, built to stage the probing social comedies of the era, were shaped by changes in English drama, politics, and society. This film shows how the Parisian tennis court theaters, attended by the court in exile of Charles II, influenced the new London theaters, particularly Wren's Theatre Royal. Advanced computer graphics in this program illustrate important features of Restoration theaters. The influence of Wren on Georgian playhouses and modern theater design is also explored
Theatre censorship : from Walpole to Wilson by David Thomas( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using previously unpublished material from the National Archives, David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne provide a new perspective on British cultural history. Statutory censorship was first introduced in Britain by Sir Robert Walpole with his Licensing Act of 1737. Previously theatre censorship was exercised under the Royal Prerogative. By giving the Lord Chamberlain statutory powers of theatre censorship, Walpole ensured that confusion over the relationship between the Royal Prerogative and statute law would prevent any serious challenge to theatre censorship in Parliament until the twentieth century." "The authors place theatre censorship legislation and its attempted reform in their wider political context. Sections outlining the political history of key periods explain why theatre censorship legislation was introduced in 1737, why attempts to reform the legislation failed in 1832, 1909, and 1949, and finally succeeded in 1968. Opposition from Edward VII helped to prevent the abolition of theatre censorship in 1909. In 1968, theatre censorship was abolished despite opposition from Elizabeth II, Lord Cobbold (her Lord Chamberlain) and Harold Wilson (her Prime Minister). There was strong support for theatre censorship on the part of commercial theatre managers who saw censorship as offering protection from vexatious prosecution. A policy of inertia and deliberate obfuscation on the part of Home Office officials helped to prevent the abolition of theatre censorship legislation until 1968. It was only when playwrights, directors, critics, audiences, and politicians (notably Roy Jenkins) applied combined pressure that theatre censorship was finally abolished." "The volume concludes by exploring whether new forms of covert censorship have replaced the statutory theatre censorship abolished with the 1968 Theatres Act."--Jacket
William Congreve by David Thomas( Book )

11 editions published between 1922 and 1992 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Each generation needs to be introduced to the culture of the past and to reinterpret it in its own ways. This series re-examines the important English dramatists of earlier centuries in the light of new information, new interests and new attitudes. The books are written for students, theatre-goers and general readers who want an up-to-date view of the plays and dramatists, with an emphasis on drama as theatre, in the context of their stage, social and political history. The emphasis is on plays in performance, with attention given to what is known about acting styles, changing interpretations, the stages and theatres of the time and theatre economics. The books will be relevant to all those studying literature, theatre and cultural history." "This study of Congreve's plays locates his work firmly in the context of the literary, theatrical, aesthetic and political ideas of his age. Congreve is shown to be a superb literary craftsman, writing for a specific group of gifted actors, and in addition a thoughtful political writer for whom there was no distinction between public and private life. For Congreve, consent provided the essential basis in both cases. His plays explore contrasting patterns of consent and coercion in personal and political relationships and show how individual lives and whole societies can be wrecked by appetite and ambition. Ultimately his work is involved in the quest for what makes men and women able to live together in peace, stability and mutual respect. All his major works are analysed in detail. In addition, there is a brief production history of his plays in performance, as well as an account of critical responses to his work."--BOOK JACKET
Four Georgian and pre-revolutionary plays( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Restoration stage by David Thomas( Visual )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines changes which occurred in theatre culture during the Restoration period when different and new playhouse designs were being implemented. Illustrates with computer graphics some of the most important playhouse designers' works
The firebird & Les noces by Igor Stravinsky( Visual )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in Undetermined and English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La noces: presents the ritual of a Russian folk wedding in dance form
The Restoration stage from tennis court to playhouse( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines changes which occurred in theatre culture during the Restoration period when different and new playhouse designs were being implemented. Illustrates with computer graphics some of the most important playhouse designers' works
Dennis Potter the last interview by Dennis Potter( Visual )

2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On April 5, 1994, Dennis Potter was interviewed by Melvyn Bragg in what critics would call another defining moment in television history. Having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Potter knew he only had a few weeks to live and was using the medium he had nurtured and shaped to give his audience an extraordinary last testament. Their conversation records Potter's honest assessment of his work and his life. The result is a frank, amusing, moving and inspiring celebration of human life
The Restoration stage : from tennis court to playhouse by David Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Theatre censorship : from Walpole to Wilson
Alternative Names
Thomas, David

Thomas, David Gareth 1942-

Languages
English (60)

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Theatre censorship : from Walpole to WilsonFour Georgian and pre-revolutionary plays