History of Theatre from the Arts Management View 1

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206DPR1 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the economic and political situation of given periods, manners of theatre performance operation, advertisement, promotion, organization of thespians, the position of theatre in society, the character of theatre buildings.

Mode of study

Students will either independently complete a course paper on an assigned topic or summarize an work presented from an earlier period which expands one's study of a particular period. The course papers will be presented by the students during the course and in subsequent moderated discussions comparisons are made with contemporary practice.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

This course is linked to knowledge acquired during the baccalaureate study of Theatre in the Context of the Development of Western Culture I and II.

Course contents

Students individuall work on course papers on a given topic which are presented during the course. 80% attendance is required, completion of assignments and passage of a written test.

Antique theatre.

European theatre in the Middle Ages.

Italian theatre in the Renaissance.

English theatre up to 1642.

Spanish theatre up to 1700.

French theatre up to 1700.

English theatre 1660-1800.

Italy and France 1700 to 1800.

Germany 1700 to 1800.

England in the first half of the 19th Century.

The US up to 1830.

German speaking areas in the first half of the 19th Century.

French theatre in the first half of the 19th Century.

Russia up to 1850.

France in the second half of the 19th Century.

England in the second half of the 19th Century.

The US in the second half of the 19th Century.

Italy and Spain in the second half of the 19th Century.

Russia in the second half of the 19th Century.

German speaking areas in the second half of the 19th Century.

Europe up to 1918.

Russia up to 1917.

The US up to 1918.

Europe in the interwar years.

The US in the interwar years.

Russia in the interwar years.

Japanese theatre.

Indian theatre.

Chinese theatre.


historical relationships,

political arrangement of the country in a given period - changes, etc.,

economic status of the country (currency buying power),

demographics (composition of the inhabitants, populations in cities),

legislative situation (laws affecting theatre),

what is the position of theatre and theatre ensembles in society,

„the theatre network“.


Legal position in society (the founder, etc and what obligations arise from it).


How big an ensemble.

How is it financed (Who is the producer.).

What genre is most frequently played.

Who leads the ensemble.

Internal organization - spider, how many members - what professions..., what compensation.

How often do they play.

How often, where and how do they rehearse.

Where do new members come from (actors, writers, musicians...).

Where do they play (ex: coaching - why, where-how do they select gigs, etc.).

Texts - where are they acquired, for what price...

Furnishings - equipping, price (props).

Costumes - equipping, price (masks, make-up, wigs).

Music, etc. (musical instruments used, sounds, etc.).


Where do they play most often,

who runs the theatre space (building),

the construction and its characteristics (building description, materials, theatre equipment and backstage, auditorium, spectator background, capacities, technical equipment - lights, sound-acoustic equipment, stage technology, new stage „inventions“, etc.),

special effects,

safety (regulations, new ordinances, etc.).




Relationship to the media.

Ticketing - price, how are they sold (discounts, subscriptions, etc.).

Production Premier (reasons, how many times per day).

How many reprises of a title on average.

Relationship to the competition (other ensembles, „amateur“ ensembles, other arts).


Composition of the audience.

Research - surveys.


necessary expenses,


additional activities.


professional associations,

joint management - furnishings producers, costume rentals, agents, etc.,

theatre schools,

other items of interest.


period documents, image documents,

list of literature used and sources.

Recommended or required reading

BROCKETT, O. G. Dějiny divadla

BLAHNÍK, V. K. Dějiny divadla

COLLINS, F. The Production of Medieval Church Music-Drama

LE GOLF, J. Kultura středověké Evropy

Anciens théatres de Paris od 1670

POKORNÝ, J. Složky divadelního výrazu

DIGRIN, Z. Divadlo učenců a diplomatů

KRATOCHVÍL, K. Ze světa komedie dell´arte

ADAMS, J. C. The Globe Playhouse: Its Design and Equipment

BALDWIN, T. W. The Organization and Personnel of the Shakespearean Company

BEJBLÍK H.-LUKEŠ Alžbětinské divadlo

GILDERSLEEVE, V. Government Regulation of the Elizabethan Drama

HARBAGE, A. Shakespeare´s Audience

HODEK, B. William Shakespeare

POKORNÝ, J. Shakespearova doba a divadlo

BEJBLÍK, A. Shakespearův svět

ALLEN, J. J. The Reconstruction of a Spanish Golden Age Playhouse: El Corral del Principe 1583-1744

MIKEŠ, V. Divadlo španělského zlatého věku

MITTMAN, B. G. Spectators on the Paris in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

MONGREDIEN, G. Daily Life in the French Theatre at the Time of Moliere

WILEY, W. L. The Early Public Theatre in France

ČERNÝ, J. Moliere

MILHOUS, J. Thomas Betterton and the Management of Lincoln´s Inn Fields

PRICE, C. Theatre in the Age of Garrick

RANKIN, H. F. The Theatre in Colonial America

BUKÁČEK, J. Carlo Goldoni

GOLDONI, C. Paměti

MAYOR, A. H. The Bibiena Family

Ogden, D. The Italian Baroque Stage

DIGRIN, Z. Slovník světových dramatiků - italští autoři

FURTENBACH, J. Prospectiva

ROLLAND, R. Revoluční divadlo

BONNASWSIES, J. La Comédie-Francais, histoire administrative

BALVÍN-POKORNÝ-SCHERL Vídeňské lidové divadlo

KLEIST Záhadný nesmrtelný

RAK J. Kapitoly z dějin německého divadla;Vídeňské lidové divadlo

APPLETON, W. W. Madame Vestris and the London Stage

CARLSON, M. The French Stage in the Nineteenth Century; German Stage in the Nineteenth Century; The Theatre of the French Revolution; Managers in Distress

DURHAM, W. B. American Theatre Companies, 1749-1887

MOYNET, J.-P. French Theatrical Production in the Nineteenth Century

WITTKE, C. F. Tambo and Bones: A History of the American Minstrel Stage

LARTHOMAS, P. Le Théatre en France au XIX siecle

GRUBE, M. Divadelní dějiny Meiningenských

BERNHEIM, A. L. The Business of the Theatre

DURHAM, W. B. American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

GLASSTONE, V. Victorian and Edwardian Theatre

HENDERSON, M. C. The City and the Theatre: New York Playhouses from Bowling Green to Times Square

MARTÍNEK, K. Dějiny ruského předrevolučního činoherního divadla; Ruská divadelní moderna; Mejerchold

INNES, CH. Edward Gordon Craig

OSBORNE, J. The Meiningen Court Theatre

POKORNÝ, J. Kniha o kabaretu

DURHAM, W. B. American Theatre Companies, 1931-1986

GROPIUS, W. The Theatre of the Bauhaus

PISCATOR, E. Politické divadlo

BRAUN, K. Druhá divadelní reforma

BRAULICH, H. Max Reinhardt

PÖRTNER P. Experimentální divadlo

ATKINSON, B. Broadway

EATO, W. P. The Theatre Guild - The First Ten Years

Divadelné kultúry východu

KALVODOVÁ-ZBAVITEL Pod praporem krále nebes

KALVODOVÁ, D. Čínské divadlo

KALVODOVÁ, D. Vítr v piniích


Divadelní revue

Assessment methods and criteria

80% class participation, completion of assignments and passage of the written credit test is required.

Credit is awarded based on:

class participation - 15%,

completion of the course paper - 40%,

paper presentation - 20%,

final test - 25%.


Notice: To Winter semester 2010/2011 students: I was exceptionally lenient. The era of hesitation and defense is over!

Further information

Course may be repeated

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

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Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans