Why theatre history? / David Wiles -- Modernist theatre / Stefan Hulfeld -- Baroque to romantic theatre / Christopher Baugh -- Medieval, renaissance and early modern theatre / David Wiles -- Classical theatre / Erika Fischer-Lichte -- Liverpool / Ros Merkin -- Finland / S. E. Wilmer -- Egypt / Hazem Azmy -- Traditional theatre : the case of Japanese Noh / Diego Pellecchia -- Reflections on a global theatre history / Marvin Carlson -- The audience / Willmar Sauter -- The art of acting / Josette Féral -- Music theatre and musical theatre / Zachary Dunbar -- Circus / Marius Kwint -- The nature of historical evidence : a case study / Thomas Postlewait -- The visual record : the case of Hamlet / Barbara Hodgdon -- Museums, archives and collecting / Fiona Macintosh -- Re:enactment / Gilli Bush-Bailey -- The internet : history 2.0? / Jacky Bratton and Grant Tyler Peterson.
"Scholars, amateur historians and actors have shaped theatre history in different ways at different times and in different places. This Companion offers students and general readers a series of accessible and engaging essays on the key aspects of studying and writing theatre history. The diverse international team of contributors investigates how theatre history has been constructed, showing how historical facts are tied to political and artistic agendas and explaining why history matters to us" -- provided by publisher.