Jacques Copeau

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Part of the successful Routledge Performance Practitioners series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century, this book examines Jacques Copeau; a leading figure in the development of twentieth century theatre practice, a pioneer for work on actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions.

Presenting the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance, this is the first book to combine:

an overview of Copeau's life and work
an analysis of his key ideas
a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin – the opening performance of his influential New York season
a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods.
As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Jacques Copeau is unbeatable value for today's student.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)9780203001004
ISBN (Print)978-0415354356, 9780415354349
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2006

Publication series

NameRoutledge Performance Practitioners

Bibliographical note

This book was re-issued by Routledge in 2018, with some minor changes to the text.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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