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The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Screen Adaptations

by Dominic McHugh

Hollywood's conversion to sound in the 1920s created an early peak in the film musical, following the immense success of The Jazz Singer. The opportunity to synchronize moving pictures with a soundtrack suited...


Shakespeare's Library

by Stuart Kells

From acclaimed author and ardent bibliophile Stuart Kells comes an exploration of the quest to find the personal library of the world’s greatest writer Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on...


Shakespeare and Commemoration

by Clara Calvo & Ton Hoenselaars

Memory and commemoration play a vital role not only in the work of Shakespeare, but also in the process that has made him a world author. As the contributors of this collection demonstrate, the phenomenon of...


You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me

by Caelum Vatnsdal

You Don't Know Me, But You Love Me is a biography of beloved American movie actor Dick Miller. Miller's fantastically storied life, the legendary people with whom he's lived and the fascinating environments...


Shakespeare and Realism

by Josy Miller, Peter Lichtenfels, Sam Kolodezh & Bryan Reynolds et al.

This collection of essays examines the works of the most famous writer of plays in the English language within the most culturally pervasive genre in which they are performed. Though Realist productions of Shakespeare...


Till the Boys Come Home

by Roger Foss

Ever since the signing of the Armistice in 1918, theatre has played an important part in reflecting the experience of the ‘war to end all wars’. But on the Home Front, what role did those involved with British...


And the Shark, He Has Teeth

by Ernst Josef Aufricht, Benjamin Bloch & Marc Silberman

This is the first English translation of the memoirs of the great German-Jewish theater producer Ernst Josef Aufricht (in German 1966, rpt. 1998). The title alludes to Brecht and Weill's ThreepennyOpera, the...


Media and Performance in the Musical

by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris & Stacy Wolf

For the past several years, the American musical has continued to thrive by reflecting and shaping cultural values and social norms, and even commenting on politics, whether directly and on a national scale...


Barangay to Broadway

by Walter Ang

Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History follows the events, groups, and individuals that have comprised Filipino American theater from 1898 to 2016.

Milestones and highlights include performers...


Covering McKellen: An Understudy's Tale

by David Weston

WINNER OF THE 2011 THEATRE BOOK PRIZE

The new edition of the acclaimed memoir by David Weston, chronicling the year he spent as Ian McKellen's understudy in the Royal Shakespeare Company's tour of King Lear.

Shakespeare's...


The Optical Vacuum

by Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

Between the 1920s and the 1960s, American mainstream cinematic architecture underwent a seismic shift. From the massive movie palace to the intimate streamlined theater, movie theaters became neutralized spaces...


The Oberon Book of Queer Monologues

by Scottee

The first collection of its kind, The Oberon Book of Queer Monologues chronicles over one hundred years of queer and trans performance.

Combining classical and contemporary stage plays with spoken word and performance...


Elinor & Shakespeare

by Gerald Sindell

The great American scholar Harold Bloom, in his study of Shakespeare, offered that Shakespeare did not just write some of the greatest plays and characters of all time, but that Shakespeare created a new human...


Peggy to her Playwrights

by Colin Chambers & Peggy Ramsay

Peggy Ramsay (1908-1991) was the foremost play agent of her time. Her list of clients shows her to have been at the centre of British playwriting for several generations from the late 1950s on.

To her remarkable...


Reasons to be Graeae: A Work In Progress

by Jenny Sealey

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre, placing D/deaf and disabled actors centre stage and challenging preconceptions.

A Work in Progress contains the full script of Reasons to be Cheerful, a brief...


'Dearest Squirrel…'

by John Osborne, Pamela Lane & Peter Whitebrook

A completely fresh insight into the mind of one of the UK’s greatest playwrights, the letters between John Osborne and his first wife, actress Pamela Lane, are also a love letter to a now defunct system of...


Performing Trauma in Central Africa

by Laura Edmondson

What are the stakes of performance in a time of war? How is artistic expression prone to manipulation by the state and international humanitarian organizations? From the standpoint of empire, Laura Edmondson...


Kenneth Tynan: Theatre Writings

by Kenneth Tynan, Dominic Shellard & Tom Stoppard

The best of Kenneth Tynan's theatre criticism, selected and edited by his biographer Dominic Shellard - with a foreword by Tom Stoppard.

This volume is an edited selection of theatre criticism by one of the most...


Stage Matters

by Rhonda Knight, Annalisa Castaldo, Stephen Purcell & Catherine Loomis et al.

The collection, edited by Annalisa Castaldo and Rhonda Knight, features essays by scholars interested in exploring how the material culture of sixteenth and early seventeenth English theatrical culture influenced...


Some Other Note

by Ross W. Duffin

English comedy from the fifteenth to the early seventeenth century abounds in song lyrics, but most of the original tunes were thought to have been lost--until now. By deducing that playwrights borrowed melodies...