The Classical Theatre of China

The Classical Theatre of China

The Classical Theatre of China

The Classical Theatre of China

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This volume is intended as a practical handbook on the classical theatre of China. I am very conscious of its limitations in Chinese eyes. My only excuse for adding to the existent mountain of literature on China, is that there is relatively little first hand information on the theatre in English.

I have considered it necessary to describe the actor's technique at such length because that, after all, is the basis of the symbolism which it is important to follow. Apart from this, it forms a record of a theatrical process which will almost inevitably undergo many changes if it is not already doing so. The material is so arranged that the most technical descriptions impinge as little as possible on the general information. It is impossible to avoid a great number of special terms in a work of this nature, but these I have tried to explain as fully as possible. The romanization used throughout is that of the Wade system with the exception of place names which use the old Post Office spelling. Dynastic dates follow those of the Handbook of Oriental History compiled by the Royal Historical Society, London.

A. C. S.

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