Theatre Historiography

Historiography is the study, not only of the historical record, but the process of writing history. Theatre historiography studies how histories of the theatre are constructed and also generates new histories. When we speak of “histories of the theatre,” we refer to the histories of performance practice as well as the body of plays, criticism, theory, dramaturgical writings, and other fragments that survive in archives or record books.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2016)

Theatre Alibi

Dorinda Hulton, Senior Research Fellow in Drama at the University of Exeter, explores the work of British company Theatre Alibi. Hulton considers the company’s unique storytelling style which incorporates a wide variety of art forms and considers how they create productions for all ages that experiment with both the fantastical and the real.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2018)

The Wooster Group

Marvin Carlson, the Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, provides an overview of The Wooster Group. Considered one of the most important experimental theatre companies of late 20th-century America, Carlson explores the Group’s use of multimedia, lip-syncing and various other methods that challenge the performance traditions of mainstream American theatre.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

The Trojan Women

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Taming of the Shrew

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Taming of the Shrew

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
(2016)

The Stage Archive: Steven Berkoff's "Explorations in Macbeth and Hamlet"

This intriguing review of a Steven Berkoff Hamlet/Macbeth double-header compares the striking similarities between Macbeth’s rise to power with the rise of Hitler, through assassination and political manoeuvring.
The Stage
(1969)
Review

The Stage Archive: Shanghai Kunju's Macbeth at the Leith Theatre

This review, written by J.R.L. Reyner, considers whether Western audiences might miss the subtitles of gesture in this Kunju production of the Scottish play, and praises the music, acrobatics, and the ‘quite breathtaking’ performances of the three witches.
The Stage
(1987)
Review

The Stage Archive: Peter James's Macbeth at the Shaw Theatre

This review paints a favourable picture of a more stripped version of Macbeth that foregrounds the psychological realities of the play, with little emphasis placed on the more supernatural elements, giving the production an altogether heavier and gritty humanistic feel.
The Stage
(1973)
Review

The Stage Archive: Peter Hall's Macbeth at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

In this review, Eric Johns praises the pace and theatricality of Peter Hall’s RSC revival in Stratford-upon-Avon, focusing his analysis on the central performances, as well as noting the “blood red” that dominates the design.
The Stage
(1967)
Review

The Stage Archive: Peter Coe’s Macbeth at the Round House

This review, written by R.B. Marriott, describes an all-black production of Macbeth, in which there is a “strong sense of human beings working out their fate within a world of ancient superstition.” Marriott’s commentary gives an insight into cultural attitudes to non-western theatre in the early 1970s.
The Stage
(1972)
Review

The Stage Archive: Opera North's Macbeth at the Leeds Grand Theatre

In this review, David Blewitt praises the central performance and draws attention to elements of production, including the “gripping” staging and the lighting – “blood red, blue and blinding white.”
The Stage
(1987)
Review

The Stage Archive: Michael Boyd’s Macbeth at Glasgow's Mayfest

This review by Eva Benjamin details the intense – even terrifying – aesthetic of Michael Boyd’s Macbeth; it comes across as savage, unrelenting, and unafraid to bring forceful physical movement to the action of the play.
The Stage
(1993)
Review

The Stage Archive: John Durnin's Macbeth at the Northcott Theatre

In this review, Allen Saddler praises the work of the actors, while honing in on the post-modern staging. The greatest effect, in his opinion, is the lighting of Chris Ward, that sees straight beams cut across the action, turning the stage into a cage.
The Stage
(1991)
Review

The Stage Archive: George Murcell's Macbeth at St. George’s Theatre

Focus is given to the character arcs of the central couple in this review from R.B. Marriott, in which Macbeth is said to transform from a man with a promising future to a “bloody menace” and Lady Macbeth is portrayed as a woman of “terrible individuality”.
The Stage
(1982)
Review

The Stage Archive: Esme Beringer on Lady Macbeth

This piece, while not focused on any one particular production of the Scottish play, is no less important due to its insightful analysis of the character of Lady Macbeth. Authored by Esme Beringer, this critical reflection insists that Lady Macbeth is not the monster she is so often painted as.
The Stage
(1942)
Review

The Stage Archive: Alistair Barrie's Macbeth at the Duke of Cambridge

In this review, Alison Mercer praises the all-female production’s pared down approach to the text, considers the distinction between the representation of physical and psychological violence, and describes the production’s treatment of the famous banquet scene.
The Stage
(1996)
Review

The Stage Archive: Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate on BBC2

This review, written by Jane Garner, examines Alison Gilby’s Macbeth on the Estate, and how the transfer from lordly Scottish halls to a tough council estate is given sobriety through its inclusion of non-dramatically trained actors and perceptive direction.
The Stage
(1997)
Review

The Shadow of a Gunman

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Seagull

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Living Theatre

The Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at CUNY, Marvin Carlson, introduces the oldest experimental theatre group in the US, The Living Theatre. Carlson details how the company gained their reputation as a politically and socially engaged alternative theatre, and considers their continuous exploration of interaction with their audiences.
Encyclopedia Entry
(2017)

The Good Person of Szechwan

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide

The Crucible

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
(2015)

The Crucible

Plays Through Practice guides look at interpretative choices and include exercises for developing directing, design and acting skills, as well as full and clear background information. They also suggest, where necessary, preliminary practical work that can be undertaken before beginning work on the text.
DramaWorks
(2016)
Practical Guide