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Church and Stage in Victorian England


  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034371

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  • During the reign of Queen Victoria, herself an ardent theatregoer as well as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a remarkable rapprochement was effected between the Church and the stage. This 1997 book explores the implications for the theatre of the great religious movements of the period: Tractarianism, Christian Socialism and Latitudinarianism. This central relationship is seen in the context of other important themes in Victorian cultural history such as censorship, urbanization, transport, leisure, self-improvement and women's emancipation. The volume contains portraits of significant churchmen, dramatists, actors and actresses, including Newman and Keble, Bulwer Lytton and Shaw, Irving, Fanny Kemble and Ellen Terry. They were amongst the influential figures who participated in the search for a common culture which preoccupied the nineteenth century. To the Victorians the Church and the theatre were important parts of everyday life; in this study the two institutions are explored in relation not only to each other but also to the social, economic and intellectual movements of the period.

    • Explores the implications for the theatre of the great religious movements of the Victorian period
    • Considers other important themes in Victorian cultural history such as censorship, urbanization, education and women's emancipation
    • Discusses significant figures such as Keble, Newman, Bulwer Lytton, Shaw, Fanny Kemble and Ellen Terry
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    'There has long been a need for a book exploring the story of the relationship - subtle, complex and shifting - between the church and the stage in the nineteenth century. That need has now been decisively remedied in Richard Foulkes' superb new book, Church and Stage in Victorian England. Wide ranging, meticulously researched and compulsively readable, Foulkes' account traces what was in effect a revolution in relations between the two institutions which began the century in fierce opposition to each other but ended it in mutual respect. With this book Foulkes has made a major contribution both to theatre history and to Irving studies.' Jeffrey Richards, First Knight

    '… full of relishable detail'. The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034371
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.428kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Heralds of change
    2. Censure and censorship
    3. Two professions
    4. Clerical attitudes
    5 Self-improvement
    6. Shakespeare
    7. From Passion Play to pantomime
    8. The ancient universities
    9. Actresses
    10. Headlam, hell and Hole
    11. Henry Arthur Jones and Wilson Barrett
    12. Henry Irving

  • Author

    Richard Foulkes, University of Leicester

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