On Theatre

On Theatre

Paperback Plays and Playwrights

By (author) Bertolt Brecht, Edited by John Willett

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 311 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 041338800X
  • ISBN 13: 9780413388001
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 1 colour, 32 page sections
  • Sales rank: 97,439

Product description

This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Alienation evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, Mother Courage, Puntila, Galileo and many others of his plays. Also included is A Short Organum for the Theatre, Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre. With over 32 pages of photographs of Brecht's productions and workshops, this is a key volume for Literature and Theatre Studies alike. "Admirably translated and annotated ...this book is a source of instruction, enlightenment, even fun" - New York Times

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.