The Great European Stage Directors Volume 6

The Great European Stage Directors Volume 6 : Littlewood, Strehler, Planchon

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Creating their major productions in the prosperous ‘glorious decades’ that
followed the devastation of the Second World War, Joan Littllewood, Giorgio
Strehler and Roger Planchon represent a fi rst expressly ‘European’ generation
of theatre directors. Revisiting works from the classical dramatic canon by
drawing on popular theatre traditions, and reaching out to spectators beyond
the educated middle-class elite, they put theatre in the service of uniting a
traumatised continent. For Littlewood, Strehler and Planchon, theatre has
the capacity to create communities. This volume shows how these three
directors take up key aesthetic prompts from earlier innovators – Stanislavski,
the modernist avant-garde and not least Brecht – and thereby prepare the
ground for contemporary, politically-engaged ‘directors’ theatre’.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 19mm | 567g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1474253997
  • 9781474253994