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Brown, John Russell

Works: 222 works in 1,502 publications in 4 languages and 36,617 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History  Pictorial works  Essays  Juvenile works  Tragedies (Drama) 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Performer, Other, Publishing director, Director, Compiler, Arranger, Collector
Classifications: PR3184, 822.3
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Most widely held works by John Russell Brown
The Oxford illustrated history of theatre by John Russell Brown( Book )

42 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 2,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reaching back in time and across the world, this authoritative and wide-ranging new history draws on the latest scholarly research to describe and celebrate theatre's greatest achievements over 4,500 years, from festival performances in ancient Egypt to international multi-cultural theatre in the late twentieth century." "Beginning with the origins of theatre in Greece and Rome, and in the early civilizations of Africa and the Americas, the book then guides the reader through the full spectrum of dramatic representation in Europe - from medieval mystery cycles and miracle plays to the Renaissance in Italy, Spain, England, and France; from Lope de Vega and Calderon to Shakespeare, Corneille, Moliere, and Racine; the Golden Age in Spain to Restoration London. In Part Three the focus widens in four period surveys: the Eighteenth Century, the Nineteenth Century, Modern Theatre 1890-1920, and Theatre After Two World Wars. Finally, there are three stimulating essays on the main theatres of Asia and a concluding account of theatre since 1970." "Throughout the book, the chronological record is related to a number of general themes, including theatre's changing role within society, the reasons for popularity or failure, varieties of form and means of production, interactions with other art forms and with contemporary currents of thought. In addition, the text gives due weight to technical, practical, and organizational issues - backstage personnel and equipment; musicians; light and sound technicians; set designers; and financiers - and to the role of audiences and critics."--Jacket
Shakespeare and his comedies by John Russell Brown( Book )

68 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study and comparison of the comedies with Shakespeare's other plays
The Duchess of Malfi : sources, themes, characters by John Webster( Book )

62 editions published between 1923 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More widely studied and more frequently performed than ever before, John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi is here presented in an accessible and thoroughly up-to-date edition. Based on the Revels Plays text, the notes have been augmented to cast further light both on Webster's amazing dialogue and on the stage action. An entirely new introduction sets the tragedy in the context of pre-Civil War England and gives a revealing view of its imagery and dramatic action. From its well-documented early performances to the two productions seen in the West End of London in the 1995-96 season, a stage history gives an account of the play in performance. Students, actors, directors and theatre-goers will all find here a reappraisal of Webster's artistry in the greatest age of English theatre, which highlights why it has lived on stage with renewed force in the last decades of the twentieth century
Shakespeare's plays in performance by John Russell Brown( Book )

40 editions published between 1966 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre language: a study of Arden, Osborne, Pinter and Wesker by John Russell Brown( Book )

24 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering Shakespeare : a new guide to the plays by John Russell Brown( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Useful for a study of Shakespeare's theatre, particularly Chapter 4, Parts for actors.; Contemporary Shakespeare - Text - Speech - Stage action
The white devil by John Webster( Book )

72 editions published between 1906 and 2012 in English and held by 862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tragedy in five acts by John Webster, performed and published as The White Divel in 1612. The play is based on actual events that occurred in Italy during the 1580s. The drama follows the love affair between the Duke of Brachiano and Vittoria Corombona, two of the play's many unscrupulous characters
Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra : a casebook by John Russell Brown( Book )

62 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selection of critical essays University undergraduate level
Shakespeare and his theatre by John Russell Brown( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1993 in English and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes what we now believe Shakespeare's Globe Theatre was like, who the people were who ran it and how they worked, and what Shakespeare's plays were like in performance, as he saw them
Modern Shakespearean criticism : essays on style, dramaturgy, and the major plays by Alvin B Kernan( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focus on Macbeth by John Russell Brown( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1982. Macbeth exercises a strange influence over readers and theatre audiences: the words of the text offer no easy clue to meaning or significance and in dramatic structure the play is very different from other Shakespearean tragedies. Many kinds of study are needed in order to understand the tragedy of Macbeth and this book provides a wide range of studies that respect the individuality of the text and examine it from different viewpoints. Contents include: Themes and Structure; Characterization and Narrative, Visual Effects, Performance
Free Shakespeare by John Russell Brown( Book )

24 editions published between 1974 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This expanded edition of Free Shakespeare is a tool to liberate the works of Shakespeare from directors and academics who seek to impose their ideas upon the plays. John Russell Brown empowers actors and readers to approach the plays freshly and boldly armed with the many different interpretations inherent in the plays. Recognized as a benchmark for the understanding of Shakespearean performance in the twentieth century, a new chapter explores the technological and funding challenges facing Shakespearean productions in the next millennium
William Shakespeare : writing for performance by John Russell Brown( Book )

12 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare dancing : a theatrical study of the plays by John Russell Brown( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Dancing of the title was in Shakespeare's mind as he wrote: a physical and active imagination. This book studies its operation in his most frequently performed texts and encourages readers to seek out the performance possibilities of all the texts for themselves. The need to study Shakespeare's plays as they come to life in a theatre is now widely recognised. John Russell Brown moves beyond an exploration of what has happened in a number of specific productions to examine the entire theatrical event in which a performance occurs: the meeting and interaction of actors and audience, and the social and cultural contexts of a play's reception in the past and at the present time. Assuming no prior knowledge of theatre practice and offering practical advice for further investigations, Shakespeare Dancing is written for all who study Shakespeare's work in search of a fuller understanding, or as a preparation for performance
Shakespeare and the theatrical event by John Russell Brown( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his latest book, John Russell Brown offers a new and revealing way of reading and studying Shakespeare's plays, focusing on what a play does for an audience, as well as what its text says. By considering the entire theatrical experience and not only what happens on stage, Brown takes his readers back to the major texts with a fuller understanding of their language, and an enhanced view of a play's theatrical potential. Chapters on theatre-going, playscripts, acting, parts to perform, interplay, stage space, off-stage space, and the use of time all bring recent developments in Theatre studies together with Shakespeare Studies. Every aspect of theatre-making comes into view as a dozen major plays are presented in the context for which they were written, making this an adventurous and eminently practical book for all students of Shakespeare
Shakespeare's dramatic style : Romeo and Juliet, As you like it, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Macbeth by John Russell Brown( Book )

35 editions published between 1970 and 1980 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford illustrated history of theatre
Alternative Names
Brown, J.

Brown, J. R. 1923-

Brown, John R.

Brown, John R. 1923-

Brown John Russel

Brown, John Russell 1923-

Russell Brown , John

Russell-Brown, John 1923-

Браун, Джон Рассел 1923-

Shakespeare and his comediesThe Duchess of Malfi : sources, themes, charactersShakespeare's plays in performanceDiscovering Shakespeare : a new guide to the playsThe white devilShakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra : a casebookFocus on MacbethFree Shakespeare