Theatre of Fire: Special Effects in Early English and Scottish Theatre

by Philip Butterworth

How medieval and renaissance stage-managers met demands for spectacular pyrotechnical effects: magical illuminations, devils spouting fire, lightning, thunderbolts, smoke, fire-breathing dragons, boilings and burnings of living persons.

The appendices present contemporary accounts and include many of the original recipes, while a comprehensive glossary explains materials and technical terms.

Hardback; 304 pp, 32 ill., ISBN 085430 062 7

A description of how medieval and renaissance stage-managers met demands for spectacular pyro-technical effects, with contemporary accounts and original recipes

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