Moliere: Don Juan

Moliere: Don Juan

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By (author) David Whitton

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 222 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 221mm x 13mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521432960
  • ISBN 13: 9780521432962
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 20 b/w illus.

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Few plays have generated more controversy or had a more extraordinary performance history than Moliere's Don Juan. David Whitton's study examines ways in which this enigmatic masterpiece has been interpreted in performance through the vision of different directors and in a variety of cultural and social contexts ranging from pre-revolutionary St Petersburg to post-revolutionary Prague. In a series of critical studies, key productions are reconstructed using prompt books, production notes, photographs, contemporary reviews, memoirs and the author's own experience as a spectator. Among the interpretations discussed are those of Meyerhold, Brecht, Ingmar Bergman, Jouvet, and Chereau. Each of these productions, in addition to shedding new light on a familiar text, is a theatrical landmark in its own right. The book is illustrated with numerous photographs and contains a geographical-chronological table of productions.

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"David Whitton has done a substantial favor to all those who love Moliere...he has married conception to reception and demonstrated the apparently 'infinitely renewable stage life' (174) of Moliere's most enigmatic creation." L'Esprit Createur "There is a great deal to commend in this book. Professor Whitton has a solid academic background on which to base his analyses...I was impressed in particular by his remarkable sensitivity to stage values--decor, costume, lighting, colour, dynamics of tone and movement. A man of theatre is here coupled with the scholar...I have not been able to consult the preceding volumes in the series, but if the forthcoming ones meet the quality standards of Whitton's book, this should be a successful series." Harold Knutson, Essays in Theatre

Table of contents

List of illustrations; General preface; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Don Juan, 1665-1925; 2. Major productions on the modern French stage; 3. Major productions on the modern European stage; 4. Other productions; Conclusion; Appendix: Geographical - chronological production list; Notes; Bibliography; Index.