Paper $42.50 ISBN: 9789187235924 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The Theatre of Drottningholm - Then and Now

Performance Between the 18th and 21st Centuries

Willmar Sauter and David Wiles

The Theatre of Drottningholm - Then and Now

Willmar Sauter and David Wiles

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

312 pages | 69 color plates, 25 halftones | 8 1/3 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Distributed for the Department of Musicology and Performance Studies at Stockholm University
Paper $42.50 ISBN: 9789187235924 Published October 2015 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The Theatre of Drottningholm—Then and Now tells the story of the Drottningholm Court Theatre, an opera house located at Drottningholm Palace near Stockholm. The theater was rarely used after the death of King Gustav III in 1792 until it was rediscovered in 1921, which has left not only the auditorium but also the stage machinery, painted flats, and backdrops almost perfectly preserved. Starting in 1766, the year it was built, and proceeding through to today’s performances presented during annual summer festivals, Willmar Sauter and David Wiles paint a vivid portrait of the Drottningholm Court Theatre: the architecture, the many different activities which took place there during the Gustavian era, and the use made of the theatre since its rediscovery to explore the nature of Baroque performance.
Contents
Preface 
Thomas Postlewait 
Acknowledgements

1. The Rediscovery of the Drottningholm Court Theatre
Willmar Sauter

2. A Guided Tour of the Theatre
Willmar Sauter

3. A Visit to the Opera at Drottningholm: First Impressions
David Wiles

4. Eighteenth Century Court Life
Willmar Sauter

5. A Typical ’Baroque’ Theatre?
David Wiles

6. Drottningholm in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Willmar Sauter)
Willmar Sauter

7. Eighteenth-Century Acting: The Search for Authenticity 
David Wiles

8. Towards the Future
Willmar Sauter & David Wiles

Appendices
Supplement to the regulations of the Royal Theatre (1779)
Dutchess Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta’s letter to Princess Sofia Albertina (1783)
C.F. Adelcrantz’ Memorandum (1794)
’Summerfestival at Drottningholm’ (R. Engländer, 1948)
’Wonderful vibrant Così fan tutte’ (Leif Aare, 1962)
’Mozart: Earthy and Brilliant’ (Carl-Gunnar Åhlén, 1979)

Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
List of Repertoire during Gustavian Period
List of Repertoire Since 1922
Index
Review Quotes
Arnold Aronson, Columbia University
"Theeighteenth-century court theatre at Drottningholm is one of the best preserved Baroque-style theatres in Europe, and since its rediscovery in 1921 has had the most active program of performances. Although much has been written about the architecture and stage technology, Sauter and Wiles’s book is the first to truly investigate the total social, political, and aesthetic realm in which it existed. Most importantly, it examines what the performance experience would have been—for performer and spectator alike—both in the eighteenth century and today. Notions of authenticity and historical accuracy, particularly in regard to acting, are thoroughly and provocatively scrutinized, with reverberations that will be felt from Bayreuth to the rebuilding of Shakespeare’s Globe."
Eric Alexander, former director of Amsterdam Theatre Museum
"Offers an original and fresh approach to the life of the Theatre of Drottningholm. One feels the authors' love for the theatre as they enthusiastically share their knowledge with professionals and tourists alike. The history of the building itself blends with the history of acting; as such, this well designed book deals with architecture, scenography, costumes, lighting, directing, and arts in general. The extensive description of court life during the reign of Gustav III illustrates the setting which inspired 18th-century artists from many countries and still stimulates further research. A truly comprehensive and original guide to the Theatre of Drottningholm!"
Timothy De Paepe | Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research
“A highly enjoyable and beautifully illustrated book.”
Gert Jan Harkema | Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
“The legacy of John Barnes to the study of early cinema can hardly be overestimated. The Beginnings of Cinema in England is a monumental work and an essential reference guide.  Its availability as a paperback is especially welcome to (graduate) students as the five volumes are very complete in situating the birth of cinema within its historical context.”
 
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