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Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art

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Katharine Cockin

Published by Methuen

This new biography explores the extraordinary life of Edith Craig (1869-1947), her prolific work in the theatre and her political endeavours for women's suffrage and socialism

At London's Lyceum Theatre in its heyday she worked alongside her mother, Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and Bram Stoker, and gained valuable experience

She was a key figure in creating innovative art theatre work

As director and founder of the Pioneer Players in 1911 she supported the production of women's suffrage drama, becoming a pioneer of theatre aimed at social reform

In 1915 she assumed a leading role with the Pioneer Players in bringing international art theatre to Britain and introducing London audiences to expressionist and feminist drama from Nikolai Evreinov to Susan Glaspell

She captured the imagination of Virginia Woolf, inspiring the portrait of Miss LaTrobe in her 1941 novel Between the Acts, and influenced a generation of actors, such as Sybil Thorndike and Edith Evans

Frequently eclipsed in accounts of theatrical endeavour by her younger brother, Edward Gordon Craig, Edith Craig's contribution both to theatre and to the women's suffrage movement receives timely reappraisal in Katharine Cockin's meticulously researched and wide-ranging biography, released for the seventieth anniversary of her death

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Acknowledgements

Preface: A Note on Sources and More Dramatic Lives

Chapter One : Introduction: Edith Craig Retrospectives

Chapter Two : 1869-1902 Her Mother's Daughter: The Lyceum's Apprentice

Chapter Three : 1903-07 The New Woman Experiments and the Genealogy of the 'Scala masque'

Chapter Four : 1907-1914 The Art of Women's Suffrage Theatre and the 'fire of Prometheus'

Chapter Five : 1911-25 The Pioneer Players as London's Art Theatre

Chapter Six : 1915-25 Post-war Recreation and the Nativity Play

Chapter Seven : 1919-46 The Little Theatre Mission: Pilgrims and Pageants

Chapter Eight : Conclusion: On the Theatres of Art

Bibliography

Index

REVIEWS

"Full of fascinating nuggets of information ... Edith Craig and the Theatres of Art presents a collage of Craig's achievements, celebrating her maverick career." Times Higher Education

SEE ALSO:

Lena Ashwell - Actress, Patriot, Pioneer

Votes for Women and Other Plays

The Methuen Drama Book of Suffrage Plays

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