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The Cambridge companion to Victorian and Edwardian theatre

Kerry Powell (Editor)
"This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theatre in its own time and on the contemporary stage. The volume opens with an introduction surveying the theatre of the time followed by an essay contextualizing the theatre within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance, production, and theatre, including the music, the actors, stagecraft, and the audiences themselves, plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender. Chapters also deal with comedy, farce, melodrama, and the economics of theatre. Book jacket."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2004
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2004
xv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9780521791571, 9780521795364, 052179157X, 0521795362
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface Kerry Powell
Part I. Introduction: Before the curtain Nina Auerbach
Part II. Performance and Context: 1. Actors and acting Joseph W. Donohue Jr.
2. The show business economy and its discontents Tracy C. Davis
3. Victorian and Edwardian stagecraft: techniques and issues Russell Jackson
4. Music for the theatre: style and function in incidental music Michael Pisani
5. Victorian and Edwardian audiences Jim Davis and Victor Emeljanow
6. Performing identities: actresses and autobiography Mary Jean Corbett
Part III. Text and Context: 7. Comedy and farce Michael Booth
8. Encountering melodrama David Mayer
9. The Music Hall Jacky Bratton
10. Theatre of the 1890s: Breaking down the barriers Peter Raby
11. New theatres for a new drama Cary M. Mazer
12. The fallen woman on stage: maidens, magdalens, and the emancipated female Sos Eltis
13. Reimagining the theatre: women playwrights of the Victorian and Edwardian period Susan Carlson and Kerry Powell
14. The East End Theatre Heidi Holder