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A converted hall known as the ‘Big Game’ Museum on the outskirts of Oxford was opened as a theatre in 1923 by James Fagan, with the first British performance outside ...

Oxford Playhouse

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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Current Version:
2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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152 words

... Playhouse A converted hall known as the ‘Big Game’ Museum on the outskirts of Oxford was opened as a theatre in 1923 by James Fagan , with the first British performance outside London of Heartbreak House . It offered a venue for the university drama society, OUDS, and many ambitious and artistic professional productions, including Komissarzhevsky 's 1925 production of The Cherry Orchard . After Fagan's departure in 1928 it became a more conventional repertory enterprise. In 1938 a new Playhouse was built nearer the centre of the city, and...

Oxford Playhouse

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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2003
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
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411 words

...Taylor appeared there in 1966 with the Oxford University Dramatic Society in a production of Marlowe 's Dr Faustus to raise money for an extension, later known as the Burton—Taylor Theatre. In all these enterprises a leading part was played by the Oxford don Nevill Coghill, who until his retirement was chairman of the theatre's governing body. Because of financial difficulties the Meadow Players ceased operations in 1973 , and were succeeded a year later by Anvil Productions (the Oxford Playhouse Company), which presented an enterprising...

Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse  

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A converted hall known as the ‘Big Game’ Museum on the outskirts of Oxford was opened as a theatre in 1923 by James Fagan, with the first British performance outside ...
Theatre

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,088 words
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Oxford University Press

...of legal protection encouraged provincial entrepreneurs to construct permanent playhouses, and the ensuing boom in theatre-building was given further stimulus by the French wars of 1793–1815 . Soldiers and sailors were inveterate playgoers, and throughout the south and east of England theatres sprang up to meet the demands of the leisure economy of wartime. In a survey made in 1803–4 , the theatre manager James Winston ( 1773–1843 ) noted the existence of 280 playhouses in places such as Abergavenny in Wales and Worksop in Derbyshire. These theatres...

The Two Noble Kinsmen

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Michael Dobson

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
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2,335 words
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Oxford University Press
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...productions it then disappeared from the professional stage until a more symbolic, morris-dance-free revival at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park in 1974 . Since then The Two Noble Kinsmen has been successfully revived at, among other venues, the Los Angeles Globe Playhouse ( 1979 ), the Edinburgh Festival (in a highly sexualized all-male production by the Cherub Theatre, 1979 ), the Centre Dramatique de Courneuve (also 1979 ), the Oregon Shakespeare Festival ( 1994 ), and the reconstructed Globe ( 2000 ), but its most celebrated modern...

Music

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,344 words
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Oxford University Press

...English Musician 1788–1888 , Oxford, 1992; Boydell, B. , Rotunda Music in Eighteenth-Century Dublin , Dublin, 1992; Ehrlich, C. , The Piano: A History , London, 1976; The Music Profession in Britain since the Eighteenth Century: A Social History , Oxford, 1985; First Philharmonic: A History of the Royal Philharmonic Society , Oxford, 1995; Fiske, R. , English Theatre Music in the Eighteenth Century , 2nd edn., Oxford, 1986; Johnstone, H. D. , & Fiske, R. , eds., Music in Britain: The Eighteenth Century , Oxford, 1990; Leppert, R. , Music...

Macbeth

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
4,275 words
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Oxford University Press
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...on the witches’ scenes would be even more spectacularly visible when the play enjoyed its next recorded revivals 50 years later. Sir William Davenant rewrote the play to suit the tastes and concerns of Restoration audiences and the scenic possibilities of Restoration playhouses in 1664 . As well as developing its opportunities for music and special effects (with singing, flying witches, a cloud for Hecate to ride, and a disappearing cavern for the apparition scene), Davenant updated the play’s interest in the Stuart monarchy, so that his usurping,...

Sensibility

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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7,039 words
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Oxford University Press

...a new sense of public decency, that is, a new order in the streets and the non-brutalization of women. That order was in part implemented by the century-long campaign for the *reformation of manners . Provoked by the post-Restoration proliferation of public pleasure centres, playhouses, and *coffeehouses , as well as of those uppity alehouses—and the freer expressions of behaviour associated with them—societies for the reformation of manners united their efforts with those of the government throughout the century [ see *popular culture, 23 ]. Adherents to...

18 Theories of Text, Editorial Theory, and Textual Criticism

18 Theories of Text, Editorial Theory, and Textual Criticism   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
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5,963 words
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Oxford University Press

...with which those agents endow the work. The social argument has been persuasive for many areas of textual work—especially for modern Shakespeare editors, who would shift the emphasis from the book focus of the Greg–Bowers school towards the negotiation amongst playwright, playhouse, players, and audience. The extent and consequences of these challenges are real, though it has been argued that the breadth and flexibility of the Greg–Bowers position has not always been fully comprehended and that it remains a competent rationale. It has not been refuted by...

Pittsburgh Playhouse

Pittsburgh Playhouse  

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In 1933 a group of noted local residents joined forces to establish a playhouse in this western Pennsylvania city to offer a more wide‐ranging repertory than was available at the ...
Country Playhouse

Country Playhouse  

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Westport, Conn., see LANGNER.
Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse  

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(Los Angeles).During its young history this theatre company has attracted famous actors and playwrights and has produced some works of national interest. Founded in 1995 by Gil Cates and ...
Henry Street Settlement Playhouse

Henry Street Settlement Playhouse  

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New York theatre which was originally founded as an actor's school in 1915 and was taken over by Nikolais's Dance Theater from 1948 to 1970, becoming a major platform for experimental dance.
animal shows

animal shows  

Baiting of bulls and bears using dogs was already a popular entertainment on Bankside when the first playhouses were constructed. Like open-air playhouses, baiting rings were wooden structures, ...
Porter's Hall

Porter's Hall  

When Philip Rosseter's lease on the Whitefriars playhouse expired he obtained a royal patent (dated 3 June 1615) to build a playhouse in Porter's Hall in Blackfriars. The Porter's Hall ...
plague regulations

plague regulations  

A large crowd gathering in a confined space, such as a playhouse, was thought to give ideal conditions for transmission of the plague, and the Privy Council closed the playhouses ...
Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena Playhouse  

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American company. Founded in 1917 by Gilmor Brown, the Playhouse offered over 40 productions during its first year and moved to its present location, a graceful example of southern California ...
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park  

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(Ohio).Founded in 1960 in a Victorian shelter house located in the city's Eden Park, in 1968 the company added the modern Robert Marx Theatre, an unusual thrust stage space ...
American Playhouse

American Playhouse  

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An ongoing television series on PBS, this anthology program rarely puts together its own productions but takes drama and musical mountings produced by others and arranges to have them taped ...
Vancouver Playhouse

Vancouver Playhouse  

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The regional theatre of Canada's third-largest city. It was founded in 1963 to be the resident company of a new community-based, city-owned theatre, and now produces about six plays each ...

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