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Benjamin Britten and Montagu Slater's Peter Grimes
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Sam Kinchin-Smith
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Benjamin Britten and Montagu Slater's Peter Grimes

Sam Kinchin-Smith


9781138380486

Routledge


Performance art;
Theatre Studies;
Opera


Hardback

88 pages

$242.00
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`Who can turn skies back and begin again?' -Peter This book contends that Peter Grimes, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential operas of the 20th century, is also one of the British theatre's finest `lost' plays. Seeking to liberate Britten and Slater's work from the blinkered traditions of theatre and opera criticism, Sam Kinchin-Smith poses two questions: If an opera was created like a play, and can be staged as a play, is it a play? If a portion of its success and influence is the product of this newly identified theatrical engine, is it then a great play? The answers involve Wagner and W.G. Sebald, George Crabbe and Complicite, Akenfield and Twin Peaks. Challenging long-established narratives of post-war theatre history, this book makes a compelling case for why practitioners and scholars of performance ought to pay more attention to Britten and Slater's achievement - a milestone of unconventional English modernism - and perhaps to other operatic masterpieces too.

By:   Sam Kinchin-Smith
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 127mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781138380486
ISBN 10:   1138380482
Series:   The Fourth Wall
Pages:   88
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

1. Grimes on the Beach 2. Opera as Theatre: Why Peter Grimes is a Play 3. The Suffolk Renaissance: Why Peter Grimes is a Great Play

Sam Kinchin-Smith, like Peter Grimes, was born in Suffolk and now lives on/in a boat. He works for the London Review of Books and has written for publications including the New Statesman, Conde Nast Traveller and the Independent.

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