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Theatre in Madrid and Barcelona, 1892-1936 - Rivals or Collaborators?
David George
ISBN: 9780708317372 (0708317375)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2002
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Astudiaeth drylwyr o arferion a datblygiadau theatrig ym Madrid a Barcelona, 1892-1936, y gwrthdaro rhwng deunydd llwyfan y ddwy ganolfan, ynghyd ag ymateb y cyhoedd i'r datblygiadau yng ngoleuni'r twf yn hunaniaeth pobl Catalan yn ystod yr un cyfnod. 6 llun du-a-gwyn.

A thorough study of theatrical practices and developments in Madrid and Barcelona, 1892-1936, the conflicting nature of material staged at both venues, and the public response to these developments in the light of the growth of the identity of the Catalan people at the same time. 6 black-and-white illustrations.
This study begins in a period of great change in European theatre which started to manifest itself in Spain both through the rise of serious social drama and that of symbolism. It continues to the point where the Catalan language was banned and normal artistic development disrupted by Franco's take-over.

The author examines the political and social background in Barcelona and Madrid. He concentrates on contrasting their tastes, audience response to repertoire and individual artists and whether plays were composed, performed or translated into Catalan or Spanish in the two cities. He quotes exhaustively from contemporary news reviews and also gives accounts of some of the most important plays.

This is a closely argued book with a wealth of original material in both Spanish and Catalan. For students of the particular area it would be valuable. However, for the general reader interested in European Theatre, the emphasis and hence the ordering of the book is not ideal. The most interesting parts are the studies of the Catalan and Spanish plays which (since they are frequently referred to in the earlier chapters) would have been most useful at the beginning. The careers of two great Catalan actors merited even more description and illustration but were again dominated by the debate about whether they were essentially Catalan or Spanish.

Caroline Clark

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Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Theatre in Madrid and Barcelona, 1892–1936: Rivals or Collaborators?
David George
pp xiii235 inc. 6 b/w ills. Demy 8vo 2002 hardback £40.00ISBN 0-7083-1737-5
Between 1892 and 1936 Spanish society witnessed many momentous transformations, including the reassertion of a Catalan identity and the emergence of Barcelona as a major industrial and cultural centre. At the same time, theatre in Spain underwent significant changes as teatro poético and the avant-garde challenged both the naturalistic and commercial theatres.
Most discussions of these developments in Spanish theatre have tended to focus on Madrid and pay little attention to either Catalan drama or the contexts of theatrical performance. Theatre in Madrid and Barcelona, 1892–1936 examines theatrical practice in both cities and the relationship between them. Using contemporary newspaper reviews, it analyses the performance and reception of selected Spanish, Catalan and foreign plays against the background of political and cultural developments in the period and the growth of a specifically Catalan national and linguistic identity.
Theatre in Madrid and Barcelona, 1892–1936 is an innovative account of an exciting period in Spanish cultural history and provides a detailed analysis of the artistic, political and linguistic contexts of Spanish and Catalan theatre before the Spanish Civil War.
David George is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is the author of The History of the Commedia dell’arte in Modern Hispanic Literature (1995) and many articles on modern Spanish and Catalan theatre. As well as co-editing Studies in the Commedia dell’arte (1993), Contemporary Catalan Theatre (1996) and two volumes of Catalan plays in translation, he is also Hispanic Editor of The Modern Language Review.
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