This vintage text contains a comprehensive guide to producing a play, and is intended for dramatists, dramatic critics, and the general public. It explores what transformations a play must go through before it may flourish, and contains a wealth of interesting and invaluable information on the subject. The chapters of this book include: 'The First Beginnings', 'Casting the Play', 'The Production', 'Reading the Play', 'In the Rehearsal Room', 'Further Rehearsals', 'The Play Matures', 'The Dress Rehearsal I', 'The Dress Rehearsal II', 'The Mise en Scene', 'The First Night', 'After the First Night', etcetera. Karel apek (1890 - 1938) was a famous Czech writer of the early twentieth-century. He worked as a playwright, publisher, literary reviewer, and art critic, but is most remembered for his science fiction writing. We are republishing this antiquarian text in an affordable, modern edition, complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author."