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  • 25 May 2022
    Emma Whipday, Simon Smith

    Playing and Playgoing in Early Modern England

    Peter Brook’s The Empty Space famously begins, I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.[1] Playing and Playgoing in Early Modern England: Actor, […]

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  • 9 Jan 2019
    Berthold Schoene, Eileen Pollard

    Accelerated Times? From The Romans in Britain (1980) to the Millennium Bug

    ‘Have you ever been in a car crash? Unfortunately, unlike the car crash, time will not slow down for us. If anything, we’re accelerating toward disaster’[1] It was the question of whether or not an erect penis was seen on stage that marked, in many respects, where this period began. The transition from the furore […]

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  • 3 Oct 2018
    Derek Miller

    The Music Modernization Act and Modern Music

    After much hard work and years of lawsuits and other complaints, the United States Congress seems destined finally to update music’s copyright law. The Music Modernization Act passed unanimously in the Senate on September 18 and, having won consent in a similar form from the House of Representatives, is likely to become law in short […]

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  • 8 Aug 2018
    Eugene J. Johnson

    Inventing the Opera House

    The opera house is one of the most successful new building types of modern times. Found all over the world, opera houses usually have three major features: private boxes stacked vertically around an open, central space; an orchestra pit; and a deep stage to hold elaborate scenery. Each of these features has its own history. […]

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  • 14 Jun 2018
    Conor Carville

    Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts

    The magnificent collection of Samuel Beckett’s manuscripts, notebooks, letters and other material held here at Reading was fundamental to the research for my new book Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts, which has just come out from Cambridge University Press. To take one example, I vividly remember, early on, calling up a tattered old jotter. […]

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  • 6 Mar 2017
    Elaine Aston

    International Women’s Day: spotlight on Caryl Churchill

    For well over half a century, Caryl Churchill’s plays have been enriching the landscape of British theatre. As David Hare astutely observed on her seventieth birthday celebrations held at the Royal Court in 2008: ‘The principal question you can ask of any artist is: what difference would it have made if they’d never existed? Would […]

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  • 30 Jan 2017
    Ali Kemp, Deborah Klayman

    An Interview with Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company

    In 2016, as part of our Shakespeare 400 commemorations, we invited the public to submit short play skits inspired by the works of the Bard. In this interview we talk to Ali Kemp and Deborah Klayman, the co-founders of Whoop ‘n’ Wail Theatre Company, who won our competition with their winning entry ‘My Bloody Laundrette’. […]

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  • 9 Jun 2016
    Samuel Saloway-Cooke

    Six Views on the Theatrical Past

    To mark this year's International Federation for Theatre Research conference, we asked members of the Theatre Research International editorial board to delve into the archives for articles that shed light on the relationship between performance studies and theatre history.

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