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Thomson, Peter 1938-

Works: 62 works in 330 publications in 4 languages and 9,850 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Reference works  Dictionaries  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PT2603.R397, 832.912
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Most widely held works by Peter Thomson
The Cambridge companion to Brecht by Peter Thomson( Book )

50 editions published between 1994 and 2012 in English and Polish and held by 1,312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This companion offers 19 essays and reference material covering the whole of Brecht's theatre work
Brecht : Mother Courage and her children by Jan Needle( Book )

24 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's theatre by Peter Thomson( Book )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reviews of the First Edition ` ... valuable and enjoyable reading for all studying Shakespeare's plays.' Following in the patternestablished by John Russell Brown for the excellent series (Theatre and Production Studies), he provides first an account of Shakespeare's company, then a study of three individual plays Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Macbeth as performed by the company. Peter Thomson writes in a crisp, sharp, enlivening style.' TLS '` ... the best analysis yet of Elizabethan acting practices, excavated form the texts the
Shakespeare's professional career by Peter Thomson( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare was a supremely successful accommodator. The story of his career as actor and playwright, which this book tells, shows the accommodation of his remarkable talents to the circumstances of his time: the social, political and professional life of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. It describes the development of this talent into genius. It also describes a background of theatrical rivalry, opportunism, service to noble patrons, and the sometimes involuntary involvement in political intrigue. The book begins with Stratford-upon-Avon and investigates Shakespeare's likely link with the Earls of Derby, who were probably his first theatrical patrons. It goes on to detail the theatrical conditions that prevailed when Shakespeare first embarked on his profession. Year by year Peter Thomson recreates Shakespeare's writing career, showing how the plays mirror their times. The story reveals the precarious nature of theatrical survival, the constant threat posed by the withdrawal of noble or royal patronage, the spread of disease, the anxieties of war and the uncertain climate. Peter Thomson's concern throughout is with the concrete details of the profession, setting out playhouse practices from the viewpoint of playwright, actor and audience. His discussion of the London playhouses incorporates the new evidence provided by the recent Rose and Globe excavations. The narrative is succinct but entertaining, enabling the non-expert to pick a clear path through contemporary political struggles and intrigues, the structure of Elizabethan patronage, the formation and disbanding of theatre companies and the fate of their buildings. There are numerous illustrations. Some will be familiar to students of Shakespeare, but are reproduced here in the context of his professional development; others have been gleaned from museums, libraries and great houses to illustrate the wider social context of Elizabethan and Jacobean England
Essays on nineteenth century British theatre: the proceedings of a symposium, sponsored by the Manchester University Department of Drama by Kenneth Richards( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<P>Originally published in 1971. Nineteenth-century theatre in England has been greatly neglected, although serious study would reveal that the roots of much modern drama are to be found in the experiments and extravagancies of the nineteenth-century stage. The essays collected here cover a range of topics within the world of Victorian theatre, from particular actors to particular theatres; from farce to Byron's tragedies, plus a separate section about Shakespearean productions.</P>
Essays on the eighteenth-century English stage: the proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the Manchester University Department of Drama by Manchester) Symposium on Theatre (2( Book )

18 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge history of British theatre( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume One of The Cambridge History of British Theatre begins in Roman Britain and ends with Charles II's restoration to the throne imminent. The four essays in Part One treat pre-Elizabethan theatre, the eight in Part Two focus on the riches of the Elizabethan era, and the seven in Part Three on theatrical developments during and after the reigns of James I and Charles I. The essays are written for the general reader by leading British and American scholars, who combine an interest in the written drama with an understanding of the material conditions of the evolving professional theatre which the drama helped to sustain, often enough against formidable odds. The volume unfolds a story of enterprise, innovation and, sometimes, of desperate survival over years in which theatre and drama were necessarily embroiled in the politics of everyday life
Plays by Dion Boucicault( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge introduction to English theatre, 1660-1900 by Peter Thomson( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This introduction to English theatre, enriched throughout by illustrative quotations and carefully selected visual images, guides the reader through the turbulent history of the stage from the restoration of Charles II to the death of Queen Victoria
On actors and acting by Peter Thomson( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An interest in actors and acting has been a common theme in Peter Thomson's published work on Shakespeare, Brecht and British theatre from the middle ages to the present. This collection of his essays on that theme are divided into three sections. The first centres on Elizabethan theatre practice; acting styles, the art of making an entrance on the open stage, rehearsal practices, the impact of the jig, and the peculiar histories of William Knell, Augustine Phillips and Will Kemp. The second section highlights themes, episodes and the contemporary taste that determined the 'greatness' of David Garrick, Frederick Robson, John Philip Kemble, Edmund Kean and Henry Irving during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in England. The conspicuous concern with marriage in the eighteenth-century drama is placed in the context of Hardwicke's 1753 Marriage Act and the consequences of the 1603 legislation on bigamy, and the ambitious experiment of Arthur Murphy and Samuel Foote at Drury Lane in 1761 is scrutinised. The third section focuses on twentieth-century performances of Shakespeare - at Stratford in the 1970s and in the New Globe as the new century begins."--Jacket
The everyman companion to the theatre by Peter Thomson( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Extraordinary actors : essays on popular performers : studies in honor of Peter Thomson( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Garrick, Kemble, Siddons, Kean( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great Shakespeareans offers a systematic account of those figures who have had the greatest influence on the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both nationally and internationally. In this volume, leading scholars assess the contribution of David Garrick, John Philip Kemble, Sarah Siddons and Edmund Kean to the afterlife and reception of Shakespeare and his plays. Each substantial contribution assesses the double impact of Shakespeare on the figure covered and of the figure on the understanding, interpretation and appreciation of Shakespeare, provide a sketc
The Cambridge history of British theatre by Baz Kershaw( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first of three volumes looking at the turbulent public life of performance in Britain. Volume One covers pre-Elizabethan theatre
The action to the word : an inaugural lecture delivered in the University of Exeter on 7 February, 1975 by Peter Thomson( Book )

4 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiji in the forties and fifties by Rob Wright( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Origins to 1660( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on Julius Caesar by Peter Thomson( Book )

2 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introducción a Brecht( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Cambridge companion to Brecht
Alternative Names
Thomson, P. W. 1938-

Thomson, P. W. (Peter William), 1938-

Thomson, Peter

Thomson, Peter 1938-

Thomson, Peter W.

Thomson, Peter W. 1938-

Thomson, Peter William.

Thomson, Peter William 1938-

English (249)

Spanish (3)

German (1)

Polish (1)

Brecht : Mother Courage and her childrenShakespeare's theatreShakespeare's professional careerThe Cambridge history of British theatrePlaysThe Cambridge introduction to English theatre, 1660-1900On actors and actingExtraordinary actors : essays on popular performers : studies in honor of Peter Thomson