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Those Were the Nights

By: Agate, James

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson:

Seller ID: 11087


Hardback, 218mm x 140mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, , xi prelims, 145+40pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Spine and boards bumped but clean, block edges grubby but pages also clean save for differential fading to half-title and rear endpaper. No date or edition stated but this is likely a later 1940s publication of Agate writings about the late Victorian and Edwardian theatre. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: theatre, terry, Shaw, Irving View more info

Ego 8 - Even More of the Autobiography of James Agate

By: Agate, James

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, George G. Harrap: 1945

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 14258


Hardback, 232mm x 160mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 323+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Book is a wartime production but does not feel flimsy. Corners bumped, block edges worn from handling, else clean and tight and protected with plastic film. Diaries for the year 1944 of one of London's most eminent theatrical critics, with 16 photographic plates. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Agate, Ego, theatre, 1944 View more info

Ego 9 - Concluding the Autobiography of James Agate

By: Agate, James

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, George G. Harrap: 1948

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 14259


Hardback, 232mm x 160mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 352+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Book is an austerity production but does not feel unduly flimsy, though binding a little weak. Corners bumped, block edges worn from handling with foxing, else clean and tight and protected with plastic film. The final volume of diary-memoirs of one of London's most eminent theatrical critics, covering 1946 and up to his death in June... View more info

Medieval Drama

By: Bevington, David

Price: £18.00

Publisher: Boston, MA, Houghton Mifflin: 1975

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 16725


Hardback, 240mm x 192mm brown cloth boards, white titles, first edition, xxii prelims, 1075pp. plus index, Good +/NoWrapper. Book has been handled over years, corners bumped, edges a little grubby with faint stains on top edge, pages clean. Large-scale account of how modern drama emerged from church liturgy in the middle ages, with many annotated texts of actual plays in the mystery, passion and morality genres. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: mystery, Easte... View more info

The Player's Library - the Catalogue of the Library of the British Drama League

By: Boas, Frederick S.

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Faber & Faber: 1950

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 8610


Hardback, 220mm x 142mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xvi prelims, 1115pp. plus index, Fair/NoWrapper. Ex-school library. Spine and boards bumped and scuffed, attachment of front board loose and damaged, pages well-thumbed but clean and unmarked save for occasional library stamps. Reference guide to plays and playwrights. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Plays, playwrights, drama, reference This book is unusually heavy or large and may attra... View more info

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The Romance of the English Theatre

By: Brook, Donald

Price: £10.00

Publisher: London, Rockliff: 1946

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 15946


Hardback, 222mm x 140mm maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , 208+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/Fair. Owners inscription. Book is an austerity-era production with grubby block edges, some wear from handling. Dustwrapper is worn and frayed around edges, some grubbiness also, front flap clipped at top. Excellent single-volume history of theatrical performance in England from medieval times to the 20th century, illustrated ... View more info

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A Brighter Sunshine - A Hundred Years of the Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre

By: Campbell, Donald

Price: £12.00

Publisher: Edinburgh, Polygon: 1983

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Inscribed by author

Seller ID: 596


Hardback, 231mm x 155mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 223pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +. Inscribed by author. Book is not new and has been read but still bright and clean with no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper has some evidence of handling, indentations on laminate finish and some edgewear. History of a major Scottish theatre and key venue of the world-famous Edinb... View more info

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OUDS - A Centenary History of the Oxford University Dramatic Society

By: Carpenter, Humphrey

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Oxford, OUP: 1985

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11179


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xiii prelims, 227+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Very Good. Book is tight and clean with no obvious imperfections. Just a little grubby on top block edge. Dustwrapper is bright and clean with minimal wear. Excellent history of a hundred years of dramatic productions by Oxford students, many of whom went on to great careers on stage and on screen. Prologue by Robert Robinson.... View more info

The Mediaeval Stage

By: Chambers, E.K.

Price: £60.00

Publisher: London, OUP: 1954

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 16640


Hardback, 228mm x 145mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 3rd impression, , xli, v prelims, 419, 480pp. plus index, Good/Good. Both volumes in near-identical condition - exterior bumped but clean, block edges ragged with foxing, latter also to opening/closing pages, text clean and unmarked. Dustwrappers (now protected) have light wear from handling and blotchy foxing to all surfaces; still presentable overall. Third lithographic reprint of perhaps-still-unsur... View more info

Nocturnes and Rhapsodies

By: Dent, Alan

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton: 1950

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 2080


Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 275pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/NoWrapper. Corners a little bumped. Theatre criticism of the 1930's and 40's. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Gielgud, Olivier View more info

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Adventure in Repertory - Northampton Repertory Theatre 1927-48

By: Dyas, Aubrey ; Priestley, J.B.

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Northampton, Northampton Repertory Players: 1948

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6504


Hardback, 223mm x 144mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 224+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/Fair. Spine bumped, some faint marking to top of front board, boards otherwise clean. Block has been handled, edges dusty, otherwise clean and unmarked save for eight signatures on front endpaper - members of the Repertory company? Dustwrapper (now protected) has some shelfwear, chipping to edges and 4 sq cm of loss to top of rear. With a For... View more info

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Noises On and Off - 75 Years of the Loft Theatre, Royal Leamington Spa

By: Fenner, Dorothy

Price: £6.50

Publisher: Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa: 1999

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15090


Paperback, 296mm x 208mm , 72+38pp. Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Large catalogue-style paperback is bright and clean with minimal wear. A celebration of 75 years of a fine provincial theatre, packed with production information and cast photographs. Foreword by Adrian Noble. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: theatre, provincial, wardrobe, performance View more info

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Daly's - The Biography of a Theatre

By: Forbes-Winslow, D.

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, W.H. Allen: 1944

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Gift Inscription

Seller ID: 16013


Hardback, 219mm x 140mm decorated card boards over black cloth spine, 220+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Less than good/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Book is generally bumped, scuffed and worn with block now precariously attached to spine. Excellent history of a London theatre whose final curtain fell in 1937. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: theatre, Tempest, Rehan, Edwardes View more info

Theatre Tapestry

By: Gibbs, Henry

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Jarrolds: 1949

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 1422


Hardback, tall 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 246pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Boards bumped, gilt on spine slightly faded A general history Catalogue: Theatrical History. View more info

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Drama in Gloucestershire (the Cotswold Country) - Some account of its development from the earliest times till to-day.

By: Hannam-Clark, Theodore

Price: £18.00

Publisher: Gloucester / London, Minchin and Gibbs / Simpkin Marshall: 1928

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 13536


Hardback, 190mm x 127mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xv prelims, 240+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Exterior bumped with a little wear, block edges worn with some foxing, latter also to opening/closing pages. Well-researched history of theatrical performance in a provincial English county. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Gloucester, theatre, Shakespeare, mummer View more info

Annals of English Drama 975-1700 - An analytical record of all plays, extant or lost, chronologically arranged and indexed by authors, titles, dramatic contents, &c.

By: Harbage, Alfred ; Schoenbaum, S.

Price: £30.00

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1964

Edition: second edition

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 16689


Hardback, 252mm x 192mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, second edition, xvii prelims, 323pp. Good +++/Good +. Previous owner's name. Book has been handled but still clean with minimal wear. Addenda page has been ticked. Includes 20-page staple-bound supplement in very good condition. Dustwrapper (now protected) has wear to edges, some small loss at ends of spine. Scholarly resource providing details of all plays performed and/or published in England prior to 1700.... View more info

Sacha Guitry - The Last Boulevardier

By: Harding, James

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1968

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 1286


Hardback, tall 8vo brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xi prelims, 206pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Very Good/Good +++. Dustwrapper has some shelfwear and chipping to spine top. Catalogue: Theatrical History. View more info

Theatre 2

By: Hobson, Harold

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Longmans, Green: 1950

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11163


Hardback, 220mm x 142mm buff cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, viii prelims, 237+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Book is generally worn and a little grubby from handling, with tape residue (?) to inner front board and endpaper. The journal of an eminent theatrical writer covering the period January 1948 to July 1949. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: theatre, London, Stratford, Ivy View more info

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International Theatre Annual No. 1

By: Hobson, Harold (ed)

Price: £7.00

Publisher: London, John Calder: 1956

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15947


Hardback, 245mm x 186mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 174pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Fair/Less than good. Book has been well read, some staining to and around bottom of spine, foxing to block edges and opening/closing pages, light wear from handling. Dustwrapper (now protected) is worn and chipped around edges, some surface loss to front and 4 sq cm of loss at base of spine. Excellent review of theatre across the world in 1956 wit... View more info

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The Footlights Flickered

By: MacQueen-Pope, W.

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Herbert Jenkins: 1959

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11158


Hardback, 222mm x 146mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 256+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/Good +. Book has been handled and block edges are a little grubby, but overall clean with minimal wear. Dustwrapper (now protected) has wear around edges and colour fading to spine. The story of the (British) theatre of the 1920s, told at three decades' remove by a man steeped in the ways of the stage. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: ... View more info

Gaiety - Theatre of Enchantment

By: Macqueen-Pope, W.

Price: £9.50

Publisher: London, W.H. Allen: 1949

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 14172


Hardback, 223mm x 142mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 498+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. Book has been handled, minimal wear to block edges, corners a little bumped, base of spine grubby, else clean. Ephemeral cuttings from 1961. A comprehensive history of a famous London theatre. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Hoxton, Hollingshead, theatre, stage View more info

Ghosts and Greasepaint - A Story of the Days that Were

By: Macqueen-Pope, W.

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Robert Hale: 1951

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15945


Hardback, 230mm x 154mm red cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 334+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Spine and boards bumped, edges faded, block edges grubby with foxing, latter also to opening/closing pages, else clean with ephemeral Congregational Union documents concerning the United Nations. Recollections of London stage performance high and low in the early 20th century. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: theatre, Edwardi... View more info

America Takes the Stage

By: Moody, Richard

Price: £8.50

Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana University Press: 1955

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3474


Hardback, 8vo dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 2nd impression, , x prelims, 322pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Ex-lib. Spine and boards faded and bumped. Romanticism in American Drama and Theatre 1750-1900. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Theatre, Romanticism, America View more info

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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

By: Pope, W.J. MacQueen

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, W H Allen: 1945

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 7721


Hardback, 218mm x 137mm decorated card boards over black cloth spine, gilt titles, first edition, 350+pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Fair/NoWrapper. Card boards bumped and worn, binding of front board loose, book generally aged and grubbty, block wobbly, but pages all clean. Three hundred years of theatre in the heart of London are here described in an entertaining narrative by Pope, with a Foreword by Ivor Novello. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywo... View more info

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British Theatrical Patents 1801-1900

By: Rees, Dr. Terence ; Wilmore, Dr. David (eds)

Price: £20.00

Publisher: London, Society for Theatre Research: 1996

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 12767


Hardback, 250mm x 175mm decorated boards, xii prelims, 187pp. plus advertisments, Black and white illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Hardback has been handled but still clean and tight with no markings. A fine guide to patented innovations for the British 19th century stage, presented chronologically with diagram illustrations, offering original designs for trapdoors, stage machinery and such like. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: stage, scenery, machinery,... View more info

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The Old Playgoer

By: Robson, William ; Gittings, Robert

Price: £9.00

Publisher: Woking & London, Centaur Press: 1969

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 3691


Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xx prelims, 252pp. Good +++/Good +++. Top of spine and board corners bumped. Dustwrapper is bumped at top of spine and board corners. Clean with little evidence of handling. Facsimile reprint of classic 1845 text describing the English theatre of Robson's time. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Robson, theatre, Siddons, Shakespeare View more info

The Theatre Since 1900

By: Trewin, J.C.

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Andrew Dakers: 1951

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3823


Hardback, 8vo dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, x prelims, 339pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +++/NoWrapper. Ex-lib. Spine and boards clean. Block tight and solid with just a little dusting on top. Very faint pinpoint foxing to edge opposite spine. Decade-by-decade history of the British stage 1900-1950. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Theatre, London, West End View more info

Theatre of Two Decades

By: Williamson, Audrey

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Rockliff: 1961

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3686


Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, xv prelims, 391pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good +/NoWrapper. School prize sticker on front endpaper. Top of spine and boards bumped, spine a little creased. English theatre from the 1920s to the 1940s reviewed in an attractive and engaging narrative. Catalogue: Theatrical History. Keywords: Theatre, Shaw, Gielgud, Repertory View more info

The English Drama 1485-1585

By: Wilson, F.P. ; Hunter, G.K. (ed)

Price: £7.50

Publisher: Oxford, The Clarendon Press: 1969

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 16688


Hardback, 22cm x 14cm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 244pp. plus index, Good +/Good +. Previous owner's name. Book is tight and clean save for grubby top block edge, also a tiny area of surface loss to top front board edge close to spine. Dustwrapper is clean save for small stain to top front edge, also tanning caused by light exposure to rear. Excellent volume from Oxford History of English Literature series which offers a scholarly review of Engl... View more info

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The Theatre of Marvels

By: Winter, Marian Hannah

Price: £100.00

Publisher: New York, Benjamin Blom, Inc.: 1964

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 870


Hardback, 30cm x 22cm cream cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 208+pp. plus index, Colour illustrations. Black and white illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Good +/Good. Spine and boards just a little bumped and scuffed, block edges dusty and grubby from handling, pages otherwise clean and book overall sturdy and impressive. Dustwrapper (now protected) has general wear and grubbiness with some light staining also, yet still presentable as a classic volume, w... View more info