Acting Theory and the English Stage, 1700-1830

Acting Theory and the English Stage, 1700-1830

By: Lisa Zunshine (author)Hardback

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During the eighteenth century, treatises on the science of elocution, gesture and naturalness abounded. This title draws together a representative selection of the most difficult-to-access texts in the period. It helps cultural historians to examine the place of stagecraft in the eighteenth-century imagination.

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Volume 1 Tobyas Thomas, The Life of the Late Famous Comedian, Jo Hayns (1701); John Weaver, An Essay Towards an History of Dancing (1712); The Censor (1717); The Prompter (1734-6); William Oldys, Thomas Betterton, and Edmund Curll, The History of the English Stage, from the Restauration to the Present Time (1741); James Parsons, Human Physiognomy Explained (1747); Anon., An Essay on the Stage; or, the Art of Acting. A Poem (1754); Roger Pickering, Reflections Upon Theatrical Expression in Tragedy (1755) Volume 2 The Theatrical Examiner (1757); The Theatrical Review (1757-8); Thomas Wilkes, A General View of the Stage (1759); Robert Lloyd, The Actor: A Poetical Epistle to Bonnell Thornton (1760)*; The Theatrical Review: or, Annals of the Drama (1763) Volume 3 Paul Hiffernan, Dramatic Genius (1770); The Theatrical Review; or New Companion to the Play-House (1772); The Macaroni and Theatrical Magazine (1773); The Sentimental Spouter; or, Young Actor's Companion (1774); William Cooke, The Elements of Dramatic Criticism (1775); Thomas Young, 'The Siddoniad ... a Characteristical and Critical Poem' (1784); Anon., 'The Modern Stage Exemplified, in an Epistle to a Young Actor' (1788)*; Anon., The New Thespian Oracle; Containing Original Strictures on Oratory and Acting (1791); John Palmer, The New Spouter's Companion (1792); Joseph Haslewood, The Secret History of the Green-Room: Containing Authentic and Entertaining Memoirs of the Actors and Actresses in the Three Theatres Royal (1795); The Dramatic Censor; or, Weekly Theatrical Report (1800) Volume 4 The Theatrical Speaker; or, an Elucidation of the Whole Science of Acting (1807); Christian Augustus Gottlieb Goede, The Stranger in England; or, Travels in Great Britain: Containing Remarks on the Politics, Laws, Manners ... with Criticisms on the Stage (1807); Thomas Gilliland, The Dramatic Mirror (1808); Anon., The Prompter, or Cursory Hints to Young Actors. A Didactic Poem (1810); Anon., The Thespian Preceptor; or, A Full Display of the Scenic Art (1807); The Dramatic Censor; or, Critical and Biographical Illustration of the British Stage (1811) Volume 5 The Theatrical Inquisitor, or, Literary Mirror (1812-3); The Monthly Theatrical Reporter (1814); Charles Newton, Studies in the Science and Practice of Public Speaking, Reading & Recitation (1817); John Brown of Great Yarmouth, The Stage: A Poem (1819)*; Thomas Rede, The Road to the Stage; or The Performer's Preceptor (1827); George Grant, An Essay on the Science of Acting. By a Veteran Stager (1828) *Texts reproduced in full are indicated by an asterisk

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  • publication date: 01/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781851969012
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1808
  • ID: 9781851969012
  • weight: 3686
  • ISBN10: 1851969012

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