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The Egyptian Theatre in the Nineteenth Century


By (author) P.C. Sadgrove
Genres: Theatre studies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd, Reading, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Apr 2007
Dimensions: w 154mm h 235mm d 12mm
Weight: 538g
ISBN-10: 0863723225
ISBN-13: 9780863723223
Barcode No: 9780863723223
Using previously unexploited sources, Philip Sadgrove provides a comprehensive account of the early history of theatre in Egypt, from the time of the French expeditionary force led by Napoleon in 1798, to the British occupation in 1882. His study looks at traditional forms of indigenous Arabic drama, the rise of European theatre, the first abortive attempts to create a modern Arabic theatre in the early 1870s and the project for a National Theatre. Finally, it tells the story of the emigre Syrian troupes which were to play a decisive part in establishing a modern theatrical tradition. The author also sheds new light on the role of the dramatist and nationalist James Sanua and other lesser-known Egyptian pioneers of the theatre.

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'a highly instructive work...of exemplary quality' Theatre Research International Journal Volume 24 No. 2 1999