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Played in Britain (Plays and Playwrights) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Dorney
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Published in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Musuem, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays explores the best and most influential plays from 1945 to date. Fully illustrated with photos from the V&A's collections and featuring a foreword by Richard Griffiths O.B.E., the book provides a sumptuous treat for theatre-lovers.Opening with J. B. Priestley's classic play from 1946, An Inspector Calls, and ending with Laura Wade's examination of class privilege and moral turpitude in Posh over sixty years later, Played in Britain offers a visual history of post-war theatre on the British stage. Arranged chronologically the featured plays illustrate and respond to a number of themes that animate post-war society: censorship and controversy; race and immigration; gender and sexuality; money and politics. An essay on each period first sets the context and explores trends, while the commentary accompanying each play illuminates the plot and themes, considers its original reception and subsequent afterlife, and finishes by suggesting other plays to explore. Photographs from the V&A's extensive collection illustrate each play, providing further insight into stage and costume designs, and include iconic images from the premieres of major plays such as Waiting for Godot and Look Back in Anger.Illustrated throughout with stage production photography, Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays presents a unique and visually stunning panorama of key dramatic works produced in Britain over the past seventy years. From An Inspector Calls to The Rocky Horror Show, or Abigail's Party to Waiting for Godot, fresh light is thrown on the impact, aesthetics and essence of these key plays.

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For a theatre-buff-in-training, this is an extremely enjoyable and attractive book. -- Rachel Creaser Teaching Drama A lavishly-illustrated and fascinating book ... A treat for theatre-lovers, and I can't think of a better way to introduce interested students to the history and range of drama in Britain. Recommended - and extremely pleasurable - reading. -- Gary Snapper, Editor Teaching English, NATE Perhaps the only thing about witnessing firsthand a great theatre performance is reliving the experience by reading about it. Here's a terrific coffee-table book offering100 memorable plays staged throughout the UK since 1945. Familiar classics such as Waiting for Godot, Look Back in Anger, and What the Butler Saw are included, but the bulk of the book offers details about lesser known shows that only the most attentive, post-War British theatre enthusiast might know. -- Larry Jaffee The Huffington Post

About the Author

Kate Dorney is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria & Albert Theatre Collections, London, UK. She has authored books on modern British theatre and the arts. Frances Gray is former Reader in Drama at the University of Sheffield. She has published books on comedy, crime, John Arden and Noël Coward and writes plays for the stage and for radio. She has a Radio Times Award for radio comedy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 25580 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (14 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CSS393W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #738,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 20 Dec. 2013
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This is just what I was looking for. As a gift to a drama student, I expect it will be greatly appreciated.
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A well-researched volume with some extremely interesting photographs combined with clear and informative text My congratulations to both compilers.Binding and paper quality too is of a high standard.
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1.0 out of 5 stars downloading problems 10 Feb. 2014
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I have tried to download this book a few time & it keeps failing to download properly.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged goods 1 April 2013
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The book was badly damaged (torn cover and crushed corners). However, it was needed for a 21st birthday, so we had to give the gift and apologise. Very unusual for Amazon??
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