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Extraordinary Actors

Essays on Popular Performers

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Dangerous, outrageous, comic and committed, the extraordinary performers collected here have altered the history of popular entertainment in America and Europe. Some have rarely had their story told, others are familiar figures. The essays explore what made these performers extraordinary; how they were trained, how they practised their art, how they were received, celebrated, satirised and mythologised. From the explosive acting of Richard Burbage to the dislocating quirkiness of Peter Lorre, from the dangerous satire of commedia dell'arte troupes in Russia to the bittersweet collaboration of Morecambe and Wise, this volume explores what made these actors popular. Each contributor has taken care to set the performer and their work in cultural context, so that the collection as a whole charts the changing relationship between acting and popular culture over the last four hundred years.

Author Biography

Jane Milling is Lecturer in Drama, University of Exeter. She is co-author, with Graham Ley, of Modern Theories of Performance: From Stanislavski to Boal (Palgrave, 2001) and co-editor, with Peter Thomson, of Volume One of The Cambridge History of British Theatre: Origins to 1660 (CUP, 2003). Martin Banham is Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Leeds. He is editor of The Cambridge Guide to Theatre and co-editor of the journal African Theatre.
Release date NZ
December 31st, 2003
Contributors
Contributions by Alexander Leggatt Contributions by Baz Kershaw Contributions by Christopher Dymkowski Contributions by Colin Chambers Contributions by Ger Fitzgibbon Contributions by Martin Banham Contributions by Richard Boon Contributions by Viv Gardner Edited by Jane Milling Edited by Martin Banham
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
20 b&w halftones
Imprint
University of Exeter Press
Pages
288
Dimensions
156x234x21
ISBN-13
9780859897358
Product ID
1833662

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