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What is Scenography? 2nd Edition

Pamela Howard's What is Scenography? has become a classic text in contemporary theatre design and performance practice. In this second edition, the author expands on her holistic analysis of scenography as compromising space, text, research, art performers, directors and spectators, to examine the changing nature of scenography in the twenty-first century.


The book includes:

Case studies and anecdotes from Howard’s

own celebrated career

Illustrations of her own recent work, in full colour throughout

And update ‘world view’ of scenography, with definitions

from the world's most famous and influential scenographers

A direct and personal response to the question of how to

define scenography by one of the world’s leading practitioners, What is Scenography? continues to shape the world of visual theatremakers throughout the world.

  • “Pamela Howard’s ground breaking What is…

    …Scenography? was the first book to set out the bold new approaches to designing and directing for theatre which has dazzled audiences in Europe during the previous decades. It did us all a service by enriching the scope of how we understand the aesthetics of the stage... The lavish new materials (drawings, colour photos, new production analysis) included in this second edition make it even more essential for anyone interested in new developments in theatre”

    David Bradby

  • “Comprehensive and accessible, this ambitious…

    …guide includes a walk-in-wardrobe-full of insights and personal accounts... There are some informative and creative insights on the metaphoric meaning of furniture... and Howard takes a wonderfully integrative approach to scripts, looking at the physical shape contribution Invaluable for practitioners, students and the serious enthusiast."


  • “To write, design, organize, manage, sculpt, educate…

    …paint research and above all, to passionately live the life of the performance is what Pamela has done throughout her whole career and, in one way or another, it is reflected here in this book: the universality of stage design, its elements and it's soul."

    Ramon Ivars

Press Reviews

You can order "What is Scenography?" direct from the publisher, Routledge (www.routledge.co.uk).

You can order directly from Amazon.co.uk

To order “What is Scenography?” from any bookshop, you'll need to quote the following ISBN numbers:


Hardback: 0-415-4731-3-2

Paperback: 0-415-47320-9

eBook: 0-203-87523-0

Serbian: Published by Clio Press

Greek: Published by Epikentro

Galician: Published by Editorial Galaxia

Portugese:  Published by Edições Sesc, Brazil

Spanish: Published by Alba Editorial

Publication Drawing Theatre (Published 2016)

By Text+Work, The Gallery,  Arts University Bournemouth

ISBN 978-0-901196-72-9

Editors  Rebecca Pride and Violet McClean


Copies available contact Gallery@aub.ac.uk or AUB Online Store

Publication Theatre and Performance Design Vol.3

Published Routledge

Editors  Jane Collins and Andrew Nisbet

ISSN: 2332-2551 (PRINT)   2332-2578 (ONLINE)


To cite this article Jane Collins (2017) Charlotte: a Tri-coloured Play with Music, Theatre and Performance Design, 3:12, 84-89, DOI: 10.1080/23322551.2017.1326725

How to order


Selected Publications

Theatre Design and Technology USA (TF&T) Autumn 2016

”A Scenographer's Approach to Directing“ by Yoshinori Tanokura pp 42-53


Jewish Renaissance April 2017

”Fleshy, adorable and complex: new voice for work of Charlotte Salomon” by Judi Herman pp 32-33


Blue pages: Journal for the Society of British Theatre Designers Issue 4 16+ Issue 1 17

”A response to Carmen” at the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet, Ljubljana by Martin Morley pp 46-47


Member of Editorial Board ‘Theatre and Performance Design’ Published Routledge

Vol 1 June 2015 ‘The performance that changed my life’:  pp163


Staging Brouček: The World Premiere of Výlet pana Broučka do Měśice by Leoš Janáček: pp292-308 Czech Stage Art and stage Design: Published Theatralia ISBN 978-80-210-5571-1


Theatre Materials: Scenography: Casting the right material: pp43-47 Editor Eleanor Margolies, Central School of Speech and Drama


“He Wrote What He Saw” (Theatre Quarterly) November 2002 A personal assessment of the late John McGrath


“Directing The Greek Passion in Greece” Society of British Theatre Designers Blue Pages Autumn 2005


Artists in Perspective “In Their Own Words”: pp 310 - 3103" The World of Theatre:-

Tradition and Innovation by Mira Felner and Claudia Orenstein pub. 2005 Published Pearson New York


See also British Library ‘Life Stories’

An oral History of British Theatre Design : Editor Liz Wright


What is Scenography?

3rd Edition

New material, More colour,

Better format and still…

a personal manifesto!


Ready 2019