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Theatre and State in France, 1760-1905


  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034722

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  • Relations between theatre and state were seldom more fraught in France than in the latter part of the eighteenth and during the nineteenth century. The unique attraction of the theatre, the sole source of mass entertainment over the period, accounts in part for this: successive governments could not ignore these large nightly gatherings, viewing them with distrust and attempting to control them by every kind of device, from censorship of plays to the licensing of playhouses. In his illuminating study, F. W. J. Hemmings traces the vicissitudes of this perennial conflict, which began with the rise of the small independent boulevard theatres in the 1760s and eventually petered out in 1905 with the abandonment of censorship by the state. There are separate chapters on the provincial theatre, while the French Revolution is given particularly detailed attention. This work, complementing his earlier book The Theatre Industry in Nineteenth-Century France, will be of interest to students of theatre history, French studies and European culture in general.

    • Covers the political and social aspects of the French theatre in this period
    • Contains valuable primary source information on government documents, actors' and theatre contracts, etc.
    • Contains useful guide to further reading
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    'An extremely readable and absorbing account of a protracted campaign for the freedom of the stage.' Theatre Scotland

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034722
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.457kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The royal theatres of the ancien régime
    2. The rise of the commercial theatre
    3. Dramatic censorship down to its abolition
    4. The liberation of the theatres
    5. The royal theatres under the Revolution
    6. The theatre in the service of the Republic
    7. Re-establishment of the state theatres
    8. Curbs on the commercial sector
    9. Politics and the pit
    10. The theatre in the provinces
    11. The licensing sytem, 1814–1864
    12. The state-supported theatres in the nineteenth century
    13. The theatre in crisis: competition from the café-concert
    14. Dramatic censorship in the nineteenth century
    15. The private sector
    Guide to further reading

  • Author

    Frederic William John Hemmings

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