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Stars of the American Musical Theater in Historic Photographs

by Stanley Appelbaum & James Camner

361 portraits, from 1860s to 1950 of over 400 stars. Informative captions. An illustrious collection, long overdue.

Ancient Egyptian Dances

by Irena Lexová

One of the few books in English on the topic investigates origins, nature, role of dance in ancient Egypt. 80 drawings and illustrations adapted from tomb paintings, other sources. New introduction. Bibliography....

Fifty Classic British Films, 1932-1982: A Pictorial Record

by Anthony Slide

200 striking photographs, in-depth commentaries, plot synposes, contemporary reviews, and more — about 50 British classics from yesterday and today. Preface. Text. Alphabetical list of films. Bibliography....

World Drama, Volume 1: 26 Unabridged Plays

by Barrett H. Clark

Volume 1 of this two-volume set contains 26 plays including Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound"; Sophocles "Antigone"; Seneca "Medea"; Marlowe, "Dr. Faustus"; Heywood, "A Woman Killed with Kindness"; Johnson, "Every...

The Politics of Interweaving Performance Cultures: After Postcolonialism: Beyond Postcolonialism

by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Torsten Jost & Saskya Iris Jain

This book provides a timely intervention in the fields of performance studies and theatre history, and to larger issues of global cultural exchange. The authors offer a provocative argument for rethinking the...

Directing in Musical Theatre: An Essential Guide

by Joe Deer

This comprehensive guide, from the author of Acting in Musical Theatre, will equip aspiring directors with all of the skills that they will need in order to guide a production from beginning to end. From the...

Beyond Stanislavsky: A Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor Training

by Bella Merlin

Beyond Stanislavsky takes the reader through a course in the new system, complete with exercises. Infused with the author's personal experience this is never a set of dry instructions, but a vital engagement...

Shakespeare Without Tears

by Margaret Webster

Covers Elizabethan theater, later changes in theatrical practice, scholarly interpretations, staging problems, analysis of principal characters. "Not an obscure or otherwise dull page in the book." — N.Y....

Marionettes: How to Make and Work Them

by Helen Fling

More than 400 illustrations supplement easy-to-follow directions for making puppet heads and bodies, stringing marionettes on one- and two-hand controls, operating the puppets, and putting on your own show....

Swedish Film Classics

by A. Kwiatkowski

Memorable stills from great cinematic tradition — Ingeborg Holm (1913) to Wild Strawberries (1957). Complete credits, synopsis, commentary for each film. Introduction, critical biographies of directors.

The Art of the Story-Teller

by Marie L. Shedlock

Everything you need to know to tell stories successfully to children: choosing material, creating and maintaining effect, using gestures, capturing straying attentions, and more. 18 ready-for-telling stories...

Toulouse-Lautrec's The Circus: Thirty-Nine Crayon Drawings in Color

by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Masterpieces of composition and movement include "The Rearing Horse," "The Jockey," and "The Animal-trainer." The reproductions, by a noted lithographer, Fernand Mourlot, recapture the color and spirit of the...

Japanese No Masks: With 300 Illustrations of Authentic Historical Examples

by Friedrich Perzynski & Stanley Appelbaum

120 full-page plates of magnificent, elaborately carved, museum-quality masks worn by actors playing gods, warriors, beautiful women, feudal lords, and supernatural beings. Captions.

Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill's Wild West

by Isabelle S. Sayers

Wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the life and career of Annie Oakley. More than 100 rare photographs, posters, handbills, and other memorabilia.


by Aubrey Beardsley & Oscar Wilde

Lord Alfred Douglas' translation of Wilde's great play — originally written in French — with all well-known Beardsley illustrations, including suppressed plates. Features 28 Beardsley illustrations and an...

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare & Arthur Rackham

Shakespeare's romantic comedy takes on vivid life with these brilliant images by one of the 20th century's leading illustrators. Includes the complete play, along with 40 full-color and numerous black-and-white...

The Italian Comedy

by Pierre Louis Duchartre

Illustrated history of the beginnings, growth and influence of the commedia dell’ arte. Describes improvisations, staging, marks, scenarios, acting troupes, and origins.

Basic Principles of Classical Ballet

by Agrippina Vaganova

Discusses all basic principles of ballet, grouping movement by fundamental types. Diagrams show clearly the exact foot, leg, arm, and body positions for the proper execution of many steps and movements. 118...

Costume Design in the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to the Work of 157 Great Designers

by Elizabeth Leese

Comprehensive, lavishly illustrated reference work provides biographical/career data for major designers (Adrian, Jean Louis, Edith Head, more). Updated to 1988, with over 400 new film credits. 177 illustrations....

American Circus Posters

by Charles Philip Fox

Here collected together for the first time are 48 large, full-color, rare posters, 1890s-1940s, superbly reproduced. The posters feature many of the greats of the American circus: Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey,...