The Grand-Guignol: Aspects of Theory and Practice

Wilson, Mike and Hand, Richard J (2000) The Grand-Guignol: Aspects of Theory and Practice. Theatre Research International, 25 (3). pp. 266-275. ISSN 0307-8833

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The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Paris (1897–1962) achieved a legendary reputation as the ‘Theatre of Horror’, a venue displaying such explicit violence and blood-curdling terror that a resident doctor was employed to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night. Indeed, the phrase ‘grand-guignolesque’ has entered the language to describe any display of heightened, remorseless horror. Such is the myth of the Grand-Guignol: the reality is subtler and far more complex.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0307883300019726
ISSN: 0307-8833
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Depositing User: Mike Wilson
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 11:18
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:04


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