Cloth $97.00 ISBN: 9780859897594 Published June 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780859897600 Published June 2006 For sale in North and South America only

Theatre Workshop

Robert Leach

Theatre Workshop
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Robert Leach

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

238 pages | 9 x 6-1/5
Cloth $97.00 ISBN: 9780859897594 Published June 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780859897600 Published June 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Theatre Workshop: Joan Littlewood and the Making of Modern British Theatre is the first in-depth study of perhaps Britain’s most influential twentieth-century theatre company. The book sets the company’s aims and achievements in their social, political and theatrical contexts, and explores the elements which made its success so important.
 
Robert Leach has provided the definitive account in this first full-length study of Theatre Workshop and the methods of its director from 1945 to 1965, Joan Littlewood. His book provides the historical and political context needed by theatre studies students (both school and university), who frequently encounter Oh What a Lovely War as part of their courses.
Contents
1. Before Theatre Workshop: Politics and Performance, 1930-1945
Class against class
The world of the theatre
Workers' theatre
The challenge of fascism
Slow approach of war

2. Theatre Workshop 1945-1953: Political Theatre
Days of hope
Days of disappointment
The plays of Ewan MacColl
Actor training

3. Theatre Workshop 1953-1956
New Elizabethans
Stratford East
Matters financial
The Theatre Workshop actor

4. Theatre Workshop 1956-1964: Popular Theatre
Never had it so good?
The royal smut hound 
New plays
Joan Littlewood, director
Staging the plays

5. After Theatre Workshop: Meanings and Legacy
The final years
Meanings
Legacies
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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