In this highly illustrated and original contribution to the cultural history of the eighteenth century, Russell reveals the influence of places and modes of sociability on the theatre and on canonical plays such as The School for Scandal, as well as suggesting a prehistory for British Romanticism.
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The Circle of Soho: Teresa Cornelys and Carlisle House; 3. Harmonic routs and midnight revels: the politics of masquerade; 4. 'Dissipation's hydra reign': Almack's and the Coterie; 5. 'Welcome to the Pleasure Dome': the London Pantheon; 6. Lady Bab and Mrs Ab: the woman of fashion and the theatre; 7. 'Alias, alias, alias': the trials of the Duchess of Kingston; 8. 'Lady Teazle's occupation's o'er'; 9. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.