Restoration Plays and Players: An Introduction

Restoration Plays and Players: An Introduction

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David Roberts
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 12/31/2014
EAN 9781107617971, ISBN10: 1107617979

Paperback, 262 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Introducing readers to the key texts, theatrical practice and context of late seventeenth-century drama, David Roberts combines literary and theatrical approaches to show how Restoration plays were written, performed, received and printed. Structured according to the 'life cycle' of the dramatic text, this book reproduces extracts from twenty-four of the most influential Restoration plays to provide readers with a comprehensive and colourful introduction to the period's drama. Roberts encourages readers to look beyond a limited canon of established plays and practice, and to see how Restoration Drama has been revived and adapted on the modern stage. Restoration Plays and Players is of great interest to undergraduate and non-specialist readers of seventeenth-century drama, Restoration literature and theatre studies.

List of figures
1. Regime change theatre
2. The life cycle of the Restoration play
3. Playwrights
4. Companies
5. Actors
6. Playhouses
7. Audiences and critics
8. Texts and publishers
9. Revivals and adaptations
Further reading