The History of Theatre

  • by David Timson
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi, cast
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is a diverse and fascinating story of the Theatre, from the first tragedies and comedies of Ancient Greece to the high-tech mega-musicals of the late 20th century. It is an absorbing listen, encompassing ancient tales, medieval theatre, Commedia dell'Arte, the great dramas of the Elizabethan age, the foppish 18th century, and the European developments in France, Germany, and Spain with Russia making its main impact in the 19th century. As the 20th century progressed, the theatre moved in different experimental directions, particularly in America and Europe.Interwoven within the story are the playwrights, the actors, the designers, and theorists who have kept this performing art flourishing for 2,500 years. All this is illustrated by more than 50 excerpts from plays and contemporary accounts, ranging from the controversial and innovative to sheer entertainment. So sit back, relax, you have front row seats, and listen to a rich a variety experience that is the Theatre.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Audible Editor Reviews

As with the successful "The History of Opera," Naxos produces the history of drama and the stage from ancient Greece through the twentieth century in an accessible program. With master Derek Jacobi and actors who excerpt from dozens of plays as guides, the listener is treated to a fascinating chronicle for students, aficionados - and even anyone with a passing interest in history or theater. Jacobi illuminates the cultural heritage surrounding each period in a style both grand and approachable. David Timson's text is rich and involving.

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What the Critics Say

Winner, Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Original Work
"A fascinating chronicle for students, aficionados - and even anyone with a passing interest in history or theatre." (AudioFile)

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Fascinating subject flawlessly read

Beautifully read by Derek Jacobi. Fascinating, illuminating and rivetting.
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- Christine

Theatre guide

If you are interested in the theatre in any way then this book is a "must". It is informative and entertaining yet never boring. Derek Jacobi is the perfect guide to take you through the history of the theatre. I benefited greatly from listening to this book and can whole-heartedly recommend it.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2000
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks