Book: Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts


Edited by Matthew Reason, Lynne Conner, Katya Johanson and Ben Walmsley

The Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts represents a truly multi-dimensional exploration of the interrelationships between audiences and performance.

This 543-page compilation of scholarly papers considers audiences contextually and historically, through both qualitative and quantitative empirical research—and places them within appropriate philosophical and sociocultural discourses. Critically speaking, the collection marks the point where audiences have become central and essential not just to the act of performance itself but also to theatre, dance, opera, music, and performance studies as academic disciplines.

This Companion is of great interest to academics, researchers, and postgraduates, as well as to theatre, dance, opera, and music practitioners. It provides important insights for performing arts organizations and stakeholders involved in educational activities.

Part Two: Policies, Politics and Practices includes the chapter “Alan Brown in Conversation,” written by Emma McDowell.

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