Acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, the extraordinary evolution of dramatic literature - here is an all-embracing and richly illustrated history, worldwide in scope and ranging from the ancient origins of the theatre in the choral hymns sung around the altar of Dionysus to the endless variety of forms that theatre takes in our own day. With its wealth of illustrations and up-to-date reference material, this is an indispensable book for all theatre-goers.
The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre is an essential reference tool and companion for anyone interested in the theatre and theatre-going. Containing over 2500 entries it covers the international spectrum of theatre with particular emphasis on the UK and USA. With biographical information on playwrights, actors and directors, entries on theatres and theatre companies, explanation of technical terms and theatrical genres, and synopses of major plays, this is an authoritative, trustworthy and comprehensive compendium.
This is a simple guide to researching, planning and performing more truthful and realistic characters. It considers the key elements of communication and characteristics of human behaviour and shows how to harness these types to sharpen your skills and awareness through the use of body, voice and speech.