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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

During the twentieth century, an increasingly diverse range of buildings and spaces was used for theatre. Theatre architecture was re-formed by new approaches to staging and performance, while theatre was often thought to have a reforming role in society. Innovation was accompanied by the revival and reinterpretation of older ideas. The contributors to this volume explore these ideas in a variety of contexts, from detailed discussions of key architects? work (including Denys Lasdun, Peter Moro, Cedric Price and Heinrich Tessenow) to broader surveys of theatre in West Germany and Japan. Other contributions examine the Malm? Stadsteater, ?ideal? theatres in post-war North America, ?found space? in 1960s New York, and Postmodernity in 1980s East Germany. Together these essays shed new light on this complex building type and also contribute to the wider architectural history of the twentieth century

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Published London, [England; New York, New York: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Alistair Fair
ISBN: 1317056922, 9781317056928, 9781472416520
Note: Includes index.
Note: Description based on print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (270 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Subject: Theater architecture History 20th century.
Local note: Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest, 2016. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.


  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.