The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance covers styles and movements, buildings, organisations, regions and traditions, and has a strong focus upon biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, designers, and critics.
This book covers dramatists, from Plautus and Ibsen to August Wilson and Václav Havel and actors and actresses, from Sarah Bernhardt to Laurence Olivier and Anthony Hopkins. There are also entries for directors and critics, theatre styles, drama festivals, and winners of the Pulitzer Prize. The more technical aspects of theatre are also covered, such as lighting, sound, method acting, and the different parts of a stage.
From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare's favourite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare covers all aspects of Shakespeare's life and works. It is illustrated with more than 100 photographs and has more than 3,000 entries.