André Antoine, founder of the Théâtre Libre in 1887, was one of the initiators of the modern theatre. This full-length study of Antoine's work in English for more than sixty years is notable for its attention to the variousness of Antoine's remarkable career. It explores the power and some of the inherent contradictions of Antoine's stage realism, his creation of a repertory theatre noted for its ensemble playing, and his innovatory work in directing Shakespeare and the French classics. In the final section, Antoine's encounters, c.1918, with the new medium of film are discussed. The book will be of interest to students and teachers of drama, theatre history, film studies and literature, and to the general reader. It includes a chronology of Antoine's productions and theatre career and is generously illustrated with drawings and photographs.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Who would give the signal?; 2. The fourth wall: Antoine and the new acting; 3. Extending the repertoire; 4. Some experiments with the mise en scène; 5. Playwrights' theatre; 6. Director's theatre: 'a hundred plays a year'; 7. Staging the classics; 8. A national theatre; 9. Antoine and the cinema; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.