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  • Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $95.00
  • July 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64020-5
  • 672 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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    Edwin Wilson (Author, City University of New York, Graduate Center), Alvin Goldfarb (Author, Western Illinois University)


    An accessible, engaging history that brings theatre's past to life.

    Focused on the cultural relevance of theatre. Written in an engaging style. Designed to be accessible to undergraduates. Living Theatre is the most popular text for theatre history courses. The Seventh Edition builds on these strengths with “Past and Present”—a NEW feature that focuses on connections between theatre’s long history and the practice of theatre today—and with a brilliant NEW design that highlights the beauty and excitement of the art of theatre.


    An accessible presentation that doesn’t overwhelm students with detail

    Since it was first published, Living Theatre has been hailed by teachers and students alike as a brisk, readable, and interesting introduction to the history of the art form. It’s an accessible alternative to textbooks that overwhelm students with unnecessary detail or obscure historiography. 

    A visual program that teaches

    A NEW four-color design features large, brilliant photos of modern productions, historical images, maps, time lines, and architectural drawings exclusive to Norton. All of these gorgeous images complement and expand on the accessible textual presentation. (And all of these visual resources are also available in the IIG for instructors’ use in in-class presentations.) 

    A focus on the connections between theatre history and contemporary theatrical practice

    Throughout the book, Wilson and Goldfarb emphasize not only how theatrical traditions were important in their cultural context, but also how they continue to inform the production of contemporary theatre (and our culture more broadly) today. The NEW “Past and Present” features connect the theatrical traditions and practices of the past with today’s stage. 

    Updated coverage of contemporary theatre in two NEW chapters

    Two NEW chapters covering post-1950s theatre provide more material and more flexibility for instructors covering this crucial period. Discussions on people of color, the LGBT community, and women are significantly strengthened by this NEW coverage and organization. 

    Unmatched instructor resources

    Abundant resources give instructors the support they need for planning and teaching their course the way they want to teach it. Thoughtful cohesion among text and support materials make using these resources easy and effective. 

      Chapter 1 Theatre: Its Origins and Its History

      Part One Early Theatres
      Chapter 2 Greek Theatre
      Chapter 3 Roman Theatre
      Chapter 4 Early Asian Theatres
      Chapter 5 Medieval Theatres in Europe

      Part Two Theatres of The Renaissance
      Chapter 6 The Theatre of the Italian Renaissance
      Chapter 7 The Theatre of the English Renaissance
      Chapter 8 The Spanish Golden Age and French Neoclassical Theatres

      Part Three Theatres from 1660 To 1875

      Chapter 9 The Theatre of the English Restoration
      Chapter 10 Theatres in the Eighteenth Century
      Chapter 11 Theatres from 1800 to 1875

      Part Four Modern Theatres
      Chapter 12 Theatres from 1875 to 1915
      Chapter 13 Theatres from 1915 to 1950
      Chapter 14 Theatres after 1950: Traditional and Experimental
      Chapter 15 Theatres after 1950: Multicultural and Global