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Publication details for Professor Jan Clarke

Image: Part Three: 1680-1715.Clarke, Jan. (1997). Part Three: 1680-1715. In French Theatre in the Neo-classical Era: 1550-1789. Howarth, W. D., Forman, Edward., Golder, John., O'Regan, Michael. & Smith, Christopher. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Publication type: Chapter in book
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0521230136

Author(s) from Durham


This book covers the period which saw the establishment in France of a centralised official theatre - not only the Comedie-Francaise (the first 'national' theatre), but an Italian theatre and a state Opera; the often subversive independent theatres are also discussed. Nearly 1,000 documents, most newly translated and many published for the first time, deal with censorship and other aspects of external control, company management, the acting profession, dramatic theory and criticism, theatre architecture, settings and costumes, audience composition and behaviour. Over 120 pictorial documents - architectural drawings, technical engravings, frontispieces, portraits, etc. - provide a visual dimension where relevant. A full linking narrative and a copious bibliography help to make this an important reference work and a valuable research tool.


XII Documents of control
XIII Company documents
XIV Playhouses
XV The play in rehearsal and performance
XVI Audiences
XVII Provincial and amateur theatre
XVIII The morality debate