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War and Theatrical Innovation

  • Victor Emeljanow
  • Addresses the interpenetration of theatrical practices and wartime strategies

  • Offers a broad view of the intersection between conflict and theatre, both temporally and geographically

  • Identifies key areas of change that affected performers, managements and audiences during wartime


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Table of contents

About this book


This book examines the relationship between wartime conflict and theatre practices. Bringing together a diverse collection of essays in one volume, it offers both a geographically and historically wide view of the subject, taking examples from Britain, Australia and America to the Middle East, Korea and China, and spanning the fifth century BCE to the present day. It explores the ways in which theatre practices have been manipulated for use in political and military propaganda, such as the employment of scenographers to work on camouflage and the application of acting methods in espionage training. It also maps the change in relationships betweenperformers and audiences as a result of conflict, and the emergence of new forms of patronage during wartime theatre-going, boosting morale at periods when social structures and identity were being destabilized.


Political propaganda Military propaganda Wartime theatre Scenography as camouflage Espionage training Greek tragic chorus Pyrrhic dance Michael Chekhov Spanish Civil War Glove puppetry Korean War

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Emeljanow
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

About the editors

Victor Emeljanow is Emeritus Professor in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and General Editor of the e-journal Popular Entertainment Studies. He has published widely on subjects including the reception of Chekhov in Britain, the career of Theodore Kommisarjevsky, Beerbohm Tree's engagement with Ibsen on the West End, Victorian popular dramatists, and prisoner-of-war entertainments during the First and Second World Wars.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title War and Theatrical Innovation
  • Editors Victor Emeljanow
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-60224-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95635-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-60225-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theatre and Performance Studies
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