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The Restoration theater : from tennis court to playhouse

Author: David ThomasRikki HollandGeraldine CousinAdrian HeathfieldNeil Monro-DaviesAll authors
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©1996.
Series: Ancient theatre & its legacy.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomas; Rikki Holland; Geraldine Cousin; Adrian Heathfield; Neil Monro-Davies; Double Click Limited.; University of Warwick.; Films for the Humanities (Firm)
OCLC Number: 36103193
Credits: Written and presented by David Thomas; series editor, Richard C. Beacham.
Cast: Geraldine Cousin, Neil Monro-Davies, Adrian Heathfield.
Description: 1 videocassette (45 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS format.
Series Title: Ancient theatre & its legacy.
Other Titles: From tennis court to playhouse
Responsibility: produced by Double Click Limited for the University of Warwick ; producer, Rikki Holland.

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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.

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