Martin Crimp

Theatre Director and Creative Associate at Gate Theatre, Ed Madden, introduces one of the most significant playwrights in contemporary European theatre, Martin Crimp. Madden examines the ways in which Crimp approaches the complex territory of scathing political satire and considers how he continues to expand the range of possibilities for dramatic writing.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Maurice Maeterlinck

The Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, Laurence Senelick, introduces the work of Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. Senelick explores the characteristics of Maeterlinck’s writing, focusing on his fascination with silence, death and anguish and exemplifies how his plays have significantly influenced European drama over the last century, from the symbolists to the absurdists and beyond.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

Mei Lanfang

Rose Whyman, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, introduces Mei Lanfang, one of the most famous Beijing (Peking) opera artists in Chinese theatre. Whyman explores the development of his work, from the use of visual and musical conventions in stylised movements to cross-gender performance and influences on Western theatre practitioners.
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(2017)

Mike Alfreds

Duška Radosavljević, Reader in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the Central School of Speech and Drama, provides an introduction to director and teacher Mike Alfreds. Radosavljević explores Alfreds’ successful career, from founding the ensemble company Shared Experience to the development of his work on the actor as the most essential and indispensable element of theatre.
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(2017)

Mimesis

Independent scholar Tobin Nellhaus provides an introduction to mimesis – a concept that concerns the relationship between art and the world. Nellhaus explores how the term’s various meanings in relation to theatre and performance have developed over time, from ancient Greece to modern-day realism, and argues that no one approach can really cover every aspect or possibility of art.
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(2017)

Maria Irene Fornés

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the Cuban-American, avant-garde playwright Maria Irene Fornés. Carlson explores Fornés’ influential role in shaping the modern American playwriting culture, particularly with regards to training young female dramatists, and considers how her work is concerned with an emotional rather than a logical theatre.
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(2017)

Max Reinhardt

Michael Patterson, Emeritus Professor of Theatre at De Montfort University, Leicester, introduces one of the most prominent German-language theatre directors of the early 20th century, Max Reinhardt. Patterson explores the various methods employed by Reinhardt, such as the rejection of naturalism and the use of new technology, which laid the foundations for numerous developments in European Theatre.
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(2017)

Michel Saint-Denis

Emeritus Professor of Drama at Kingston University, Colin Chambers, provides an overview of the life of Michel Saint-Denis, whose work and ideas on acting have influenced theatre practitioners around the world. Chambers details Saint-Denis’ involvement in establishing major theatre companies and studios, including the RSC studio in 1961, and outlines his aim to place the actor at the centre of the theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

Macbeth

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2012)

Melodrama

Melodrama was the dominant dramatic form of the nineteenth century, c. 1810-1860, having grown out of Gothic drama. The French revolution’s iconic moment – the storming of the Bastille (1789) – provided Gothic drama with its most potent image: the castle as prison to be broken open. Melodrama repudiated literature: it was a genre of performance.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Merrily We Roll Along

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2014)

Michael Morpurgo - at a glance

Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films including the recent stage hit War Horse. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera.
Biography

Much Ado About Nothing

Digital Theatre+ Study Guides are specially commissioned from leading theatre academics and practitioners, with expert knowledge of the texts that they explore. The guides examine plays from literary and contextual, as well as dramatic perspectives, to provide a thorough and manifold access point to key texts, from the classical to the contemporary.
Study Guide
(2012)