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The Cambridge History of British Theatre

Volume 2. 1660 to 1895


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Joseph Donohue, Robert D. Hume, Joanne Lafler, Derek Hughes, Judith Milhous, Calhoun Winton, Mark S. Auburn, Görel Garlick, Edward A. Langhans, Jane Moody, Jim Davis, Christopher Baugh, Richard W. Schoch, Kerry Powell, Dave Russell, David Mayer, Peter Thomson, Joel Kaplan
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107497085

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  • Volume 2 of The Cambridge History of British Theatre begins in 1660 with the restoration of King Charles II to the throne and the reestablishment of the professional theatre, interdicted since 1642, and follows the far-reaching development of the form over two centuries and more to 1895. Descriptions of the theatres, actors and actresses, acting companies, dramatists and dramatic genres over the period are augmented by accounts of the audiences, politics and morality, scenography, provincial theatre, theatrical legislation, the long-drawn-out competition of major and minor theatres, and the ultimate revocation of the theatrical monopoly of Drury Lane and Covent Garden, initiating a new era. Chapters on two representative years, 1776 and 1895, are complemented by chapters on two phenomenal productions, The Beggar's Opera and The Bells, as well as by studies of popular theatre, including music hall, sexuality on the Victorian stage and other social and cultural contexts.

    • The second of three volumes looking at the turbulent public life of performance in Britain
    • Contains twenty essays written by leading British and American scholars
    • Features case studies of famous plays in performance and is fully illustrated
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    '… a set that will stand as the most valuable resource on British theater for some time to come. Essential.' Choice

    '… exceptional … destined to prove one of the most erudite, and yet accessible, resources for theatre scholars and students as well as serious theatre practitioners … must be hailed as perhaps the most carefully compiled and comprehensively covered history ever attempted … I know of no library that has any other theatre history (focusing exclusively on British Theatre) on its shelves to challenge this great new work's pole position in the theatre reference stakes … All in all a great work.' Amateur Stage

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107497085
    • length: 574 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgments
    Timeline 1660 to 1894 compiled by Joseph Donohue
    Part I. 1660 to 1800:
    1. Introduction: the theatre from 1660 to 1800 Joseph Donohue
    2. Theatres and repertory Robert D. Hume
    3. Theatre and the female presence Joanne Lafler
    4. Theatre, politics and morality Derek Hughes
    5. Theatre companies and regulation Judith Milhous
    6. The Beggar's Opera: a case study Calhoun Winton
    7. Garrick at Drury Lane, 1747–76 Mark S. Auburn
    8. Theatre outside London, 1660–1775 Görel Garlick
    9. 1776: a critical year in perspective Edward A. Langhans
    10. The theatrical revolution, 1776–1843 Jane Moody
    Part II. 1800 to 1895:
    11. Introduction: the theatre from 1800 to 1895 Joseph Donohue
    12. Presence, personality and physicality: actors and their repertoires, 1776–1895 Jim Davis
    13. Theatres, their architecture and their audiences Joseph Donohue
    14. Stage design from Loutherbourg to Poel Christopher Baugh
    15. Theatre and mid-Victorian society, 1851–70 Richard W. Schoch
    16. Gendering Victorian theatre Kerry Powell
    17. Popular entertainment, 1776–1895 Dave Russell
    18. The Bells: a case study
    a 'bare-ribbed skeleton' in a chest David Mayer
    19. The new drama and the old theatre Peter Thomson
    20. 1895: a critical year in perspective Joel Kaplan
    Bibliography of works cited

  • Editor

    Joseph Donohue, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Joseph Donohue is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of books and articles on the British and Irish theatre and drama, including Dramatic Character in the English Romantic Age (1970), Theatre in the Age of Kean (1975), The London Theatre at the End of the Eighteenth Century (1980) and Distance, Death and Desire in Salome (1997). He is the editor, with Ruth Berggren, of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest: A Reconstructive Critical Edition of the Text of the First Production, St James's Theatre, London, 1895 (1995).


    Joseph Donohue, Robert D. Hume, Joanne Lafler, Derek Hughes, Judith Milhous, Calhoun Winton, Mark S. Auburn, Görel Garlick, Edward A. Langhans, Jane Moody, Jim Davis, Christopher Baugh, Richard W. Schoch, Kerry Powell, Dave Russell, David Mayer, Peter Thomson, Joel Kaplan

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