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Thomas Betterton : the greatest actor of the Restoration stage

Author: David Roberts
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Restoration London's leading actor and theatre manager Thomas Betterton has not been the subject of a biography since 1891. He worked with all the best-known playwrights of his age and with the first generation of English actresses; he was intimately involved in the theatre's responses to politics, and became a friend of leading literary men such as Pope and Steele. His innovations in scenery and company  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Betterton; Thomas Betterton; Thomas Betterton; Thomas Betterton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Roberts
ISBN: 9780521195843 0521195845
OCLC Number: 544474656
Description: xi, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Look my lord, it comes: Betterton's Hamlet --
An obstinately shadowy Titan: Betterton in biography --
An actor of London: early years, 1635-1659 --
A walk in the park: Betterton and the scene of comedy --
In the Duke's Company, 1660-1663 --
Equal with the highest: Thomas Betterton and Henry Harris, 1663-1668 --
Actor management: running the Duke's Company --
In the company of the Duke: Betterton and Catholic politics in the 1670s --
Union: Betterton and theatrical monopoly, 1682-1695 --
Back to the future: breakaway to semi-retirement --
Books and pictures: Betterton and the Chandos portrait.
Responsibility: David Roberts.
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The first biography for more than 100 years of the greatest English actor between Burbage and Garrick, Thomas Betterton.  Read more...

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