History of Theatre

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Timson
Narrator: Derek Jacobi
Genres: History
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: July 2000
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 9 minutes
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Following the success of The History of Opera, Naxos produces the history of drama and the stage from ancient Greece through the twentieth century in an accessible program. With master Derek Jacobi and actors who excerpt from dozens of plays as guides, the listener is treated to a fascinating chronicle for students, aficionados--and even anyone with a passing interest in history or theater. Jacobi illuminates the cultural heritage surrounding each period in a style both grand and approachable

Reviews (1)

Brief but enjoyable

Written by Ronald Hayden on December 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Brief coverage of major historical trends in theater, focusing on representative playwrights and interspersed with actors performing scenes from the plays. Jacobi is an excellent narrator, and this is well-produced, informative, and enjoyable to listen to. I wished for more...it could have easily been three times the length. The only complaint I have with the content is that after representing trends throughout history in a non-judgmental fashion, the author is suddenly judgmental about recent trends, which seems unnecessary and short-sighted, given the overall message of the book. But that's a very minor quibble.

Author Details

Author Details

Timson, David

Timson has performed in modern and classic plays across the country and abroad, including Wild Honey for Alan Ayckbourn, Hamlet, The Man of Mode, and The Seagull. He has been seen on TV in Nelson's Column and Swallows and Amazons, and in the film The Russia House.