The British Theatre 1100-1900: Its Repertory and Practice - Ernest James BurtonHerbert Jenkins, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Ex-library with pocket to the front pastedown, remnants of the loan sheet and small reference number to the pastedown. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, a triangular crease and tear to the head of the upper panel and splits at the top corners. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Illustrated with line drawings. From the cover: “Both in purpose and presentation this book is eminently practical. It discusses the presentation of the greater (and lesser known) plays of the British theatre, and suggests the approach for particular styles and periods. It also indicates the flexible, less expensive, staging that may be employed.
A single clear-cut pattern is followed to present the work of each period — starting with the early folk and religious plays, through Shakespeare, the formal eighteenth century theatre, romanticism, and so to the naturalism of the nineteenth century. The characteristics of each period are examined, the available plays listed, and the original methods of presentation described. Each period is rounded off by a detailed consideration of the work of producer and set-designer in fulfilling the intentions of the script and bringing to the modern audience the play, the whole play, and nothing but the play.
The fascinating process by which the picture-frame stage became established in the latter nineteenth century is illustrated from contemporary stage plans.
Thus we have a practical history of the theatre, illustrated from many fascinating drawings taken from a wide variety of sources. The lengthy list of plays (all potentially living, however long ago they may first have been performed) opens up fields hitherto almost unexploited by the modern professional theatre. Here producers will find much fresh and exciting material.”