Entertainment, Propaganda, Education: Regional Theatre in

Germany and Britain bewteen 1918 and 1945

Author(s): HEINRICH, Anselm
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781902806754
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“This is an exciting, original and ground-breaking book which will become essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the history of provincial theatre in Britain and Germany.” Jeffrey Richards, Lancaster University

“the quality of the research is exemplary and has produced a welcome addition to national theatre histories of both Britain and Germany.” Claire Cochrane, New Theatre Quarterly

“His study is meticulously researched, complex in its analyses and built on impressive archive work ... his conclusions as well as the principal approach are exemplary in developing new historiographic perspectives, beyond ‘great’ productions and national narratives.” Peter W. Marx, Theatre Research International

“Challenging conventional assumptions in theses areas, his book provides an exciting and original read for those interested in the relationship between culture and politics.” Nadine Rossol, Sehepunkte

“His is a tour de force of comparative criticism and investigative theatre research.” John Guthrie, Modern language Review

“This approach results in a genuinely original and interesting study.” Andrew G. Bonnell, European History Quarterly

Dr Heinrich takes Yorkshire and Westphalia as his two representative regions, detailing the history of theatre in York, Hull, Sheffield, Bradford and Leeds as well as in Münster, Dortmund, Hagen, Bielefeld and Bochum.

Having detailed the histories and repertoires of individual theatres, he goes on to examine their social function, with interesting results.

The perception of theatre in Britain changed dramatically during the War years: suddenly the British government became interested in influencing the arts and introduced state subsidies on an unprecedented scale. At the heart of the new policy was not only the belief that theatre could play an important role in the war effort (as both entertainment and education) but also a concept of municipal theatre provision which was, in effect, similar to that which already prevailed in Germany.

In Germany, despite claims by the Nazis that theatre programmes must reflect National-Socialist ideas, regional repertoires remained largely unchanged from the days of the Weimar Republic, with comedies, farces and operettas designed to appeal to public taste.

In successfully challenging dominant views regarding the alleged fundamental differences between British and German theatre, Dr Heinrich's findings mean that, to an extent, a key chapter in European theatre history must be rewritten.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781902806754
ISBN10 1902806751
Author HEINRICH, Anselm
Binding Paperback
Date Published 4 Jun 2008
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 271
Publisher University of Hertfordshire Press

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