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The first German theatre : Schiller, Goethe,…

The first German theatre : Schiller, Goethe, Kleist, and Büchner in…

by Michael Patterson

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For almost two centuries, plays from the great age of German drama have been studied primarily as literature. While the plays of Schiller, Goethe, Kleist and Buchner are indeed great literature, they are also outstanding texts for performance, written in a specific theatrical context. This account, the first in English, examines that theatrical context to show how German theatre in the 18th century developed from a market sideshow performed by wandering players to an important element of German cultural life, and political expression. It examines Schiller as "theatre-poet" at Mannheim; Goethe's work as a director of the Court Theatre at Weimar; and then traces how the rapid commercial growth of theatre made it difficult for Kleist and impossible for Buchner to see their plays staged in their own lifetimes.

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