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Romantic stages : set and costume design in Victorian England

Author: Alicia Finkel
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Though Romantic elements in stage design are often thought to have ended with the advent of the Victorian era, they in fact persisted into the second half of the nineteenth century. Romantic stages were used in the productions of many of the most prominent actor-managers of the period, including Madame Vestris, Charles Kean, Wilson Barrett, Henry Irving and Herbert Beerbohm Tree. This work shows how the emphasis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alicia Finkel
ISBN: 0786423366 9780786423361
OCLC Number: 62074256
Notes: Reprint of the 1996 ed.
Description: viii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The first romantics --
Madame Vestris, James Robinson Planché and William Beverley : romanticism, fantasy, and spectacle --
Charles Kean and his designers : a romance with history --
Wilson Barrett and Edward William Godwin : another romantic view of history --
Henry Irving : a romantic actor and his set designers --
Romantic swan song --
Romantic fairies and medieval knights --
Appendix A : on the painting of fairy scenes and other stage illusions --
Appendix B : brief biographies.
Responsibility: by Alicia Finkel.

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This work shows how the emphasis placed on the visual elements of Victorian productions revolutionized the position that stage designers held. They emerged from anonymity, becoming recognized and  Read more...

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