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Williams, Simon and Maik Hamburger, A History of German Theatre.

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FAMILY AND SOCIETY IN EARLY STUART GLAMORGAN: THE HOUSEHOLD ACCOUNTS OF SIR THOMAS AUBREY OF LLANTRITHYD, C Heinrich, A. (2011) Williams, Simon and Maik Hamburger, A History of German Theatre. New Theatre Quarterly, 27 (2). pp. 196-197. ISSN 0266- 464X Copyright © 2011 Cambridge University Press A copy can be downloaded for personal non-commercial research or study, without prior permission or charge The content must not be changed in any way or reproduced in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holder(s) When referring to this work, full bibliographic details must be given http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/73505 Deposited on: 08 January 2013 Enlighten – Research publications by members of the University of Glasgow http://eprints.gla.ac.uk Williams, Simon and Maik Hamburger, A History of German Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 445pp. £65. ISBN 978-0-521- 83369-1. A new history of German theatre has long been overdue. The most recent overviews are either outdated (Hayman (1975)) or only devoted to particular issues (Haas (2003), Colvin (2003)) or both (Innes (1979), Patterson (1976), Sebald (1988)). This is all the more astonishing since the attraction and influence of the German theatre do not seem to have waned in recent years; on the contrary, dramaturgy as a theatrical practice is on the rise, and Lehmann’s theory of the post-dramatic (transl. 2006) has had a significant impact worldwide – to quote just two examples of influences originating in Germany. Hamburger and Williams also offer another more essential reason for publishing a German theatre history as – simply – “theatre in Germany matters” (p.1). The seriousness with which Germans take their theatre is astonishing, the levels of state funding breathtaking and the German system of municipal theatre provision leg

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