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Thomas, David 1942-

Overview
Works: 38 works in 159 publications in 1 language and 3,576 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Sources  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Historical films  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Domestic drama 
Roles: Author, Host, Director, Adapter, Editor, Other, Producer, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PT8868, 839.8226
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 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henrik Ibsen by David Thomas( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 509 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 401 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 )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 397 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"Using previously unpublished material from the National Archives, David Thomas, David Carlton, and Anne Etienne provide a new perspective on British cultural history.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 360 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."--Jacket
Four Georgian and pre-revolutionary plays( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six Restoration and French neoclassic plays( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The battle for the language of the Bible by Melvyn Bragg( Visual )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In late medieval England, English quietly ousted French in law and government, but the move to make it God's language meant bloodshed. This enhanced DVD looks at the battle for a Bible in English, a struggle with huge impact on the language itself. Dramatic readings from successive English Bibles show the language's evolution. Location footage and original manuscripts illustrate key figures and events, such as John Wycliffe, the Lollards, and the first English Bible; William Langland's Piers Plowman; Henry V's official letters, the role of the Chancery or the English civil service; William Caxton's printing press; William Tyndale's translation; and the King James Bible."--Container
Orpheus and Eurydice : the Appia staging by Christoph Willibald Gluck( Visual )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This production of Gluck's opera is a recreation of the historic staging of this work by Swiss designer Adolphe Appia and Jacques Dalcroze in 1912. Appia's innovations in design and staging were an effort to restore to the theater some of the vitality and integrity it had lost since antiquity and his methods were the basis of modern theatrical design
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ibsen intended this play as a tragedy on the purposelessness of life imposed on the women of his time, both by their upbringing and by the social conventions which limited their activities. When first produced, it met with misunderstanding and abuse
T.S. Eliot's The waste land( Visual )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a reading of Eliot's poem and examines its complex nature, analyzes its appeal and traces the reasons why it has become one of the best-known emblems of the twentieth century
Miss Julie by August Strindberg( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in a fortnight and often regarded as Strindberg's masterpiece, the play's première at Strindberg's experimental theatre in Denmark in 1889 was banned by the censor and its first public production three years later in Berlin aroused such protests that it was withdrawn after one performance. This translation by Michael Meyer was first performed in 1965 by the National Theatre at the Chichester Festival
Thomas Mann : the modern world: ten great writers( Visual )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of excerpts from Thomas Mann's The Magic mountain, interspersed with commentary on the novel by Nigel Hamilton, a Mann biographer, and by John Shrapnel, playing Thomas Mann
Joseph Conrad's The Secret agent( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his works, Joseph Conrad explored political themes that not only caught the distinctive atmosphere of the times, but also signaled the future with premonitory accuracy
Thomas Mann's the magic mountain( Visual )

2 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of excerpts from Thomas Mann's the magic mountain, interspersed with commentary
Joseph Conrad's The Secret agent( Visual )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his works, Joseph Conrad explored political themes that not only caught the distinctive atmosphere of the times, but also signaled the future with premonitory accuracy
Virginia Woolf( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of excerpts from Virginia Woolf's A room of one's own and other works, with commentary
English in America( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Massasoit hailed the Plymouth settlers in their own language, they might have taken it as a sign that English would dominate the New World. Packed with surprising etymologies and intriguing stories, this enhanced DVD traces the dynamic relationship between English and America, exploring the linguistic influence of westward expansion, cowboy culture, slave culture, and encounters with the French and Spanish languages. Key works examined include The New England Primer and Webster's The American Spelling Book."--Container
James Joyce( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of excerpts from James Joyce's works, with commentary
Thomas Mann, the magic mountain( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A novel of ideas at once serious and comic, The Magic Mountain offers a bird's-eye view of the political, philosophical, and social landscapes of pre-World War I Europe. This vintage program uses provocative dramatizations of key scenes from Thomas Mann's grotesque bildungsroman an employs the character of Mann himself, in a re-creation of a 1939 lecture, as a guide to the story's heights and depths. In addition, Mann's biographer, Nigel Hamilton, inquires into the story's manipulation of time and the effects of environment on identity."--Container
 
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Theatre censorship : from Walpole to Wilson
Alternative Names
Thomas, David

Languages
English (122)

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Theatre censorship : from Walpole to WilsonFour Georgian and pre-revolutionary playsSix Restoration and French neoclassic playsHedda GablerMiss Julie