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The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre Anthony Masters

The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre By Anthony Masters

The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre by Anthony Masters


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`These brief lives of dramatists, patrons and players are elegantly written...with a fine unostentatious range of reading.' THE TIMES

The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre Summary

The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre by Anthony Masters

This study of Restoration theatre is specially concerned to present a context for the performance of those plays which so delighted - and mirrored the preoccupations of -Restoration society. Anthony Masters' own response to the manic excesses of Restoration drama, and his perception of its deeper tensions, make him an ideal guide to the plays and players of this small and closely-knit circle. His book is at the same time a wide-ranging analysis of the plays themselves, and a lively who's who to the complex relationships of the restoration stage. He discusses the role of Charles II and his mistresses; the gentlemen playwrights; the professionals (Dryden, Otway, Shadwell, etc.) and the players and playhouses. Liberal quotation from the plays, and from the papers of contemporary theatregoers, including Pepys and Evelyn, is complemented by the sixty-one illustrations of patrons, players and theatres. ANTHONYMASTERS graduated from King's College, Cambridge, with a first in classics. He was deputy theatre critic for The Timesfor two years before his death in 1985.

The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre Reviews

Decidedly and infectiously the work of an enthusiast... a valuable introduction to the field by someone who has read plays, memoirs and theatre history of the period exhaustively for pleasure and with a subtly developed feeling for the dynamics and the dynamism of the drama ... This is a book to whet the undergratuate appetite for deeper investigation: Masters makes Restoration drama live in the theatre of the imagination. YEARBOOK OF ENGLISH STUDIES `These brief lives of dramatists, patrons and players are elegantly written...with a fine unostentatious range of reading.' THE TIMES`It provides an elegant and lightly written Who's Who to the animated theatrical and social scene of the day. * ALBION *

Table of Contents

Part 1 The king, the mistresses, and the courtiers: Barbara Castlemain, Nell Gwyn, Louise de Querouaille; Buckingham, Rochester. Part 2 Gentlemen playwrights: Etherege, Sackvill, Wycherley; Roger Boyle (Orrery), Robert, Edward and James Howard. Part 3 The professionals: John Dryden, Thomas Otway, Thomas Shadwell. Part 4 Four craftsmen and one woman: John Crowne, Elkanah Settle, Nathanael Lee, Edward Ravenscroft, Aphra Behn. Part 5 Players and playhouses: the king's private theatres: Killigrew, Davenant, Betterton, Mrs Barry; Nokes, Underhill, Leigh (Lee); hart, Mohun, Kynaston; Nell Gwyn, Mary Knep, Lacey, Haynes, Anne Bracegirdle, Mountfort.

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GOR005620116
9780851153261
0851153267
The Play of Personality in the Restoration Theatre by Anthony Masters
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Boydell & Brewer Ltd
19921126
112
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