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Setting the scene: perspectives on twentieth-century theatre architecture

Setting the scene: perspectives on twentieth-century theatre architecture

Fair, Alistair, editor

The 20th-century saw an increasingly diverse set of answers to the question 'what makes a performance space?'. Those commissioning buildings did so for various reasons: as new homes for established organisations; to act as new civic foci; to disseminate particular visions of 'culture'. New ideas of performance, of the role of performance in society, and in the kind of work being presented, suggested new approaches to and understandings of the buildings and spaces in which performance was staged. Architects and designers operated within a broad framework of theoretical discourse and international influences. Through a series of case studies, drawn from Europe, North America and Japan, this volume explores these related questions in a focussed and consistent fashion

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Published Farnham: Ashgate, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Alistair Fair
ISBN: 147241652X, 9781472416520
Physical Description: 251 pages ; 25 cm
Subject: Theater architecture.; Architecture and Planning.


  1. Introduction, Alistair Fair
  2. Fifty years of theatre-making: anecdotes and aper?us, Iain Mackintosh
  3. The German reform theatre: Heinrich Tessenow and eurhythmic performance space at Dresden-Hellerau, Gerald Adler
  4. The Westernisation of the Japanese performance venue between 1870 and 1970, Neil Jackson
  5. The Malm? Stadsteater: Lewerentz?s flawed and forgotten masterpiece, Max Gelibter
  6. Theatres in West Germany, 1945-70, Elain Harwood
  7. ?A London architect who has specialised?: Peter Moro and festivity in theatre design, c. 1955-82, Alistair Fair
  8. The limits of 1960s radicalism: the Fun Palace versus the National Theatre, Barnabas Calder
  9. Ideal theatres: one roof or two?, Arnold Aronson
  10. Stage and city: Joseph Papp and The Public Theater, Richard William Hayes
  11. The Friedrichstadt Palace in East Berlin, Florian Urban
  12. Encore, Iain Mackintosh
  13. Index.