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A history of Irish theatre, 1601-2000

Author: Chris Morash
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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Publisher Description (unedited publisher data) While most accounts of Irish theatre begin with the Abbey theatre, Chris Morash's comprehensive study goes back three centuries earlier to Ireland's first theatre. Written in an accessible style, yet drawing extensively on unpublished sources, it traces an often forgotten history leading up to the Irish Literary Revival, and then follows that history to the present.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Morash
ISBN: 0521641179 9780521641173 0521646820 9780521646826
OCLC Number: 47050107
Description: xviii, 322 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Please take your seats ... --
Playing court, 1601-1692 --
A night at the theatre 1: Pompey, Smock Alley, 10 February 1663 --
Stage rights, 1691-1782 --
A night at the theatre 2: Mahomet, Smock Alley, 2 March 1754 --
'Our national theatre', 1782-1871 --
A night at the theatre 3: She Stoops to Conquer and Tom Thumb, Theatre Royal, Hawkins Street, 14 December 1822 --
'That capricious spirit', 1871-1904 --
A night at the theatre 4: The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea, Abbey Theatre, 29 January 1907 --
'Not understanding the clock', 1904-1921 --
A night at the theatre 5: The Plough and the Stars, Abbey Theatre, 11 February 1926 --
Aftermath, 1922-1951 --
A night at the theatre 6: Waiting for Godot, Pike Theatre, 28 October 1955 --
Phoenix flames, 1951-1972 --
A night at the theatre 7: Translations, Guildhall, Derry, 23 September 1980 --
Babel, 1972-2000 --
Conclusion: A millennial flourish.
Responsibility: Christopher Morash.
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Publisher Description (unedited publisher data) While most accounts of Irish theatre begin with the Abbey theatre, Chris Morash's comprehensive study goes back three centuries earlier to Ireland's first theatre. Written in an accessible style, yet drawing extensively on unpublished sources, it traces an often forgotten history leading up to the Irish Literary Revival, and then follows that history to the present. The main chapters are each followed by shorter chapters, focusing on a single night at the theatre. Morash creates a remarkably clear picture of the cultural contexts which produced the playwrights who have been responsible for making Irish theatre's world-wide historical and contemporary reputation. Morash also deals with aspects of Irish theatre often ignored, including audiences, performance styles, architecture, management and other aspects of Irish theatrical culture. This book is an essential, entertaining and highly original guide to the history and performance of Irish theatre.

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