he story of modern drama is a tale of extremes, testing both
audiences and actors to their limits through hostility and
contrarianism. Spanning 1880 to the present, Kirsten E.
Shepherd-Barr shows how truly international a phenomenon modern
drama has become, and how vibrant and diverse in both text and
performance. This Very Short Introduction explores the major
developments of modern drama, covering two decades per chapter,
from early modernist theatre through post-war developments to more
recent and contemporary theatre. Shepherd-Barr tracks the emergence
of new theories from the likes of Brecht and Beckett alongside
groundbreaking productions to illuminate the fascinating evolution
of modern drama. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions
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