Theatre London is written to appeal to theatre lovers and architecture professionals, both armchair and actual visitors. It details the history of 70 theatres from the well known to the less famous, from tiny performance spaces to extravagant Edwardian auditoriums. Black and white photographs enhance the text.
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The book starts with an introduction on the history of theatre architecture from the Elizabethan period through the Edwardian and moves up to the present. Included are 10 very brief biographies of London's major theatre designers and brief descriptions of theatres currently in other use. An index of the theatres is provided.
The theatres are conveniently arranged according to location: West End, Covent Garden and the Strand, Whitehall and Victoria, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, Bankside and the South Bank, West and South, North, and East are the areas included. A list of books is suggested for the reader who wants further knowledge on the subject of English theatre design and buildings.
Edwin Heathcote, the author of Theatre London, is an architect who knows how to write on his subject to stimulate the reader's interest.
Whether you take a guided theatre tour or are attending a performance, this book will give you an insider's knowledge of what you are looking at, whether it's Shakespeare's Globe, the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane, the London Palladium, or the fascinating and crumbling Wilton's Music Hall.
Ellipsis London Guides
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Publication date: April 2001
ISBN 1 84166 047 7