Most popular Theatre studies books
The most popular Theatre studies books currently available. Updated weekly.
The official behind-the-scenes book of the record-breaking award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Acting in Musical Theatre remains the only complete course in approaching a role in a musical. It covers fundamental skills for novice actors, practical insights for professionals, and even tips to help veteran musical performers refine their craft. Updates in this expanded and revised second edition include: * A brand new companion website for students and teachers, including Powerpoint lecture slides, sample syllabi, and checklists for projects and exercises., * Learning outcomes for each chapter to guide teachers and students through the book's core ideas and lessons * New style overviews for pop and jukebox musicals * Extensive updated professional insights from field testing with students, young professionals, and industry showcases * Full-colour production images, bringing each chapter to life Acting in Musical Theatre's chapters divide into easy-to-reference units, each containing group and solo exercises, making it the definitive textbook for students and practitioners alike.
'Robert Cohen's book, Acting Power, follows the tradition of his other book, Acting One, and has been the veritable bible for acting teachers for the last quarter century.' - David Krasner, Emerson College 'This book, above all else, is an attempt to explore the qualities of acting power...to suggest to you, the actor, an approach toward not merely good acting but powerful acting. Great actors display the power to frighten - and the power to seduce - and can shift between the one and the other like a violinist can her notes.' - From the Preface The first edition of Acting Power was a groundbreaking work of acting theory which applied sociological and psychological principles to actor training. The book went on to influence a generation of theatre and performance studies students and academics, and was translated into five languages., This carefully revised 21st Century Edition (re)considers, in the context of today's field: * questions such as 'should actors act from the inside or the outside?' and 'should the actor live the role or present the role?'; * contemporary research into communication theory, cybernetics, and cognitive science; * brilliantly illuminating and witty exercises for solo study and classroom use, and a through-line of useful references to classic plays; * penetrating observations about the actor's art by more than 75 distinguished professional actors and directors. Cohen's elegant and rigorous updates emphasise the continuing relevance of his uniquely integrated and life-affirming approach to this field. The new edition draws on his extraordinarily rich career as teacher, scholar, director, translator and dramaturg., It is a recipe for thrilling theatre in any genre.
Actor. Director. Activist. The fascinating life of Sam Wanamaker is explored for the first time in this biography by Diana Devlin, who worked closely with him for his last twenty years.
The new Edexcel AS And A Level Drama Study Guide. A definitive study guide for the new AS/A Level syllabus. Written by experts, this comprehensive guide: covers in detail all three components of both the AS and A Level gives details of the lives and methodology of ten key practitioners works through rehearsal processes for both devising and text-work, including sample stimuli and texts contains detailed coverage of all set texts, with sample questions and answers for the exams covers design as well as performing routes through the course introduces the terminology and techniques that Edexcel expects students to know. Endorsed by Edexcel
'Pattern is as crucial to Beckett's eye as to his ear', writes Gontarski, 'and that patterning dominates his theatrical notes: motion is repeated to echo other motion, posture to echo other posture, gestures to echo other gestures, sounds to echo other sounds.
The untold story of the army of men and women who kept British theatre alive during the First World War, and how the theatre aided the war effort
An essential analysis of cinema from one of the great figures of French philosophy.
Offers exercises for professional and student actors, teachers of acting and voice, and those interested in vocal expression. This title places emphasis on the removal of the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human voice; and is dedicated to 'freeing' the voice we were naturally born with.
An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers. This translation was the first to introduce Stanislavski's 'system' to the English speaking world and has stood the test of time in acting classes to this day. Stanislavski here deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full., He introduces the concepts of the 'magic if' units and objectives, of emotion memory, of the super-objective and many more now famous rehearsal aids. Now available in the Bloomsbury Revelations series to mark the 150th anniversary of Stanislavski's birth, this is an essential read for actors, directors and anyone interested in the art of drama.
This new title in the Theatre And series confronts the complex relationship between theatre and death.
13: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical
Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Arden Performance Editions are ideal for anyone engaging with a Shakespeare play in performance. With clear facing-page notes giving definitions of words, easily accessible information about key textual variants, lineation, metrical ambiguities and pronunciation, each edition has been developed to open the play's possibilities and meanings to actors and students. Designed to be used and to be useful, each edition has plenty of space for personal annotations and the well-spaced text is easy to read and to navigate.
An inspiring, hands-on guide to narrative improvisation, by the co-creator and director of the Olivier Award-winning improv show Showstopper! The Improvised Musical.
This illustrated collection documents Quarantine's large scale performance work, Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring., together with a collection of writings from many different disciplines and perspectives on its various themes, specifically regarding the human life cycle and human relationships to time. -- .
A practical guide to, and history of, musical theatre. What makes the great shows work and why some never made it.
This legendary Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Updated for the 21st century by editors Stephen Orgel of Stanford University and A. R. Braunmuller of UCLA, each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. With all new cover designs, these affordable Shakespeares are perfect for students, teachers, scholars and theatre professionals alike.
Since the sixties, Keith Johnstone has led the work on improvisation in theatre, schools and universities.
Surveys performance art, political theatre, genres, live broadcasts and extravagant spectacles, showcasing the constant and dynamic evolution of stage performance, from classics reinvented to groundbreaking fresh work.
Actors need actions. They cannot "act" adjectives, they need verbs; they need an aim to achieve, an action to perform. This is a thesaurus of active verbs with which the actor can refine the action-word until she or her hits exactly the right one to help make the action come alive.
Hollywood Dogs showcases a fine selection of photographs from the famous John Kobal Foundation. Taken between 1920 and 1960 during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
This updated edition of one of the bestselling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, has been expanded to include many of the most important and memorable productions of American musical theater, including revivals. The ninth edition documents important musicals produced since the end of the 2012-2013 season through spring 2019.
This book opens up innovative ways of reading philosophy 'theatrically', contributing to a new articulation of theatre and its relation to critical thought. -- .
Structuring Drama Work is the only drama resource that explores 100 dramatic conventions and techniques and provides ideas for how to practise them.
This practical, accessible and far-reaching guide to making site-specific theatre and performance emphasises the diversity of approaches to the practice, and explores key principles of space and site.
A detailed account of the performance history of As You Like It through the modern period, focusing on landmark stage and film productions. -- .
Edexcel's own resources for the GCE 2008 specifications.
This incisive and thoughtful new title in the Theatre And series confronts the difficult relationship between theatre and cancer. Challenging conventional narratives which rely on the binary of tragedy versus survival, Brian Lobel argues for an alternative approach to understanding cancer in relation to theatre.
Marching Song is a play written by Orson Welles and Roger Hill about the abolitionist, John Brown. Welles and Hill collaborated on the play when Welles was seventeen and attending the Todd School for Boys, where Hill was the head schoolmaster.