Egyptian Theatre in the Nineteenth Century 1799-1882
By: Sadgrove, Philip
In the English language. Using previously unexploited sources, Philip Sadgrove provides a comprehensive account of the early history of theatre in Egypt, from the time of the French expeditionary force led by Napoleon in 1798, to the British occupation in 1882.
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Ithaca Press, UK
15.5 x 23.5 cm
History - Culture - Theatre - Egypt
His study looks at traditional forms of indigenous Arabic drama, the rise of European theatre in Egypt, the first abortive attempts to create a modern Arabic theatre in the early 1870's and the project for a National Theatre. Finally, it tells the story of the emigre Syrian troupes which were to play a decisive part in establishing a modern theatrical tradition. The author also sheds new light on the role of the dramatist and nationalist James Sanua and other lesser-known Egyptian pioneers of the theatre.
Philip Sadgrove, Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies at Manchester University, is a former diplomat who served in Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and subsequently taught Arabic at the universities of Herior-Watt, Durham and Edinburgh.