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Living Theatre: A History of Theatre Loose Leaf + Digital Product License Key Folder with eBook and Writing About Drama eBook, 7th Edition

  • Edwin Wilson
  • Alvin Goldfarb
  • ISBN-10: 0393640221
  • ISBN-13: 9780393640229
  • 0 Pages | Loose-leaf
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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

New to this edition

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.