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The Old Vic Theatre : a history

Author: George Rowell
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first book to chronicle fully the history of London's Old Vic Theatre. After Drury Lane, Covent Garden and the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, the Old Vic is London's oldest theatre, with a continuous history since 1818. Drawing on important archives both here (notably the Royal Victoria Hall's) and in the United States, George Rowell sheds new light on the management, audience, productions and players. In
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Rowell
ISBN: 0521346258 9780521346252
OCLC Number: 25316568
Description: xii, 207 pages, 30 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The search --
2. Seeking a public 1816-1834 --
3. Seeking survival 1834-1880 --
4. Seeking improvement 1880-1914 --
5. Seeking Shakespeare 1914-1933 --
6. Seeking the stars 1933-1940 --
7. Seeking shelter 1940-1944 --
8. Seeking supremacy 1944-1976 --
9. Seeking an identity 1976-1983 --
10. The search continues --
App. 1 Presidents and Chairmen of the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation --
App. 2 Plays presented by the Old Vic Company at the Old Vic Theatre 1914-1963 --
App. 3 Plays presented by the National Theatre Company at the Old Vic Theatre 1963-1976 --
App. 4 Plays presented at the Old Vic Theatre by other companies 1948-1975.
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