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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.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. It is a broad history of theater, interspersed with short vignettes of famous plays.
The nice thing is that the length of the dramatic selections performed is just about perfect. Just enough for you to get the idea being conveyed, but not enough that you begin to lose interest.
The author covers a lot of ground in a short time, but does a good job of bringing out what you need to know about each time period. The stories about the individual playwrights are interesting. I was also glad that the author spent a reasonable amount of time discussing the development of technical theater (lighting, scenery, costumes, etc..).
If you are a casual theater-goer, you'll probably get quite a bit out of this book. It may not be deep enough for those who have studied theater in college, but for the vast majority this will be a very good introduction.
I had this on my wish list for over 2 years and was always a little skeptical about buying it. Was very glad that I did.
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There are 50 excerpts from plays and other dramatic performances. Derek Jacoby's narration is good but in my opinion it needs more theatrical excerpts for a work this long. This can be seen by comparing this to Naxos Audio Books' similar work History of Classical Music, which I also reviewed. It has many, many more excerpts to interrupt the narration.