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The golden age of pantomime. Slapstick, spectacle and subversion in Victorian England.

Author: Jeffrey Richards
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Victorian England, everyone went to the pantomime, from Queen Victoria and her family to the humblest of her subjects. The English Pantomime is one of the most popular, least examined of all theatrical forms. It's been the festive mainstay of the English stage since the eighteenth century, and it has survived by its ability to evolve. This continual evolution is traced by Jeffrey Richards in the first history of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Richards
ISBN: 9781780762937 1780762933
OCLC Number: 873828805
Description: 336 pages
Contents: Introduction Illustrations 1 Transformations 2 Harlequinade 3 Fairyland 4 James Robinson Planche and the Classical Extravaganza 6 William Roxby Beverley and the Triumph of Scene-Painting 7 The Drury Lane Pantomime: the Creators 8 E.L. Blanchard and the Drury Lane Pantomimes: the Smith Management 9 E.L. Blanchard and the Drury Lane Pantomimes: the Chatterton Management 10 Sir Augustus Harris and the Battle for Pantomime
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The English Pantomime is one of the most popular, least analysed of all theatrical forms. It's been the festive mainstay of the English stage since the eighteenth century, and it has survived by its  Read more...

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'I rejoice at Jeffrey Richards' achievement: the first thorough and gratifyingly detailed study of London's pantomimes from the 1830s through to c.1900 which quietly blends immaculate scholarship, Read more...

 
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