The Independent Theatre in Europe, 1887 to the Present

The Independent Theatre in Europe, 1887 to the Present

The Independent Theatre in Europe, 1887 to the Present

The Independent Theatre in Europe, 1887 to the Present

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This book, the author hopes, will interest three groups, students who are taking courses in modern drama and wish a novel approach; little theatre directors, clubwomen, and teachers who are seeking unusual plays for reading or production; and the general reader. Though it has not seemed best to cumber this volume with full lists of the plays given at even the more famous little theatres, the bibliography includes the titles of several books which would form the basis for more detailed study.

A census of the theatre world at a given moment cannot be exact any more than that of a state, and even if it were possible to catalogue all European independent theatres, one book could not hold their history. This volume is a chronicle of some of the more important organizations of this type in the five countries in which there has really been a movement of significance,--France, Germany, Russia, Ireland, England, including Scotland and Wales. There have been a few isolated or sporadic theatres with many of the characteristics of the free theatre among other nations, as Olë Bull's National Theatre at Bergen in Ibsen's day and Strindberg's Intimate Theatre at Stockholm, which is still doing unusual work. A few years ago in Italy there was a radical group under the early futurist, Marinetti; now Bragaglia's Teatro degli Indipendenti has its small auditorium in the ruined baths of Septimus Severus at Rome. There are also several producing groups in Vienna and Prague, too new for an estimate of their importance.

Any book, the history of a movement in particular, must depend upon many others beside the writer. Most of all I

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