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The Theatre Industry in Nineteenth-Century France

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035019

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  • This 1993 book explores the history of French theatre in the nineteenth century through its special role as an organized popular entertainment. Traditionally regarded as an elite art form, in post-Revolutionary France the stage began to be seen as an industry like any other and the theatre became one of the few areas of employment where women were in demand as much as men. The increasingly commercial ethos dominating the stage led to the mass production of plays with audience appeal, resulting in an inevitable dilution of literary standards. In this lively account, Hemmings examines how the theatre world flourished and evolved, and reveals such matters as the difficult life of the actress, salaries and contracts, and the profession of the playwright.

    • Covers social and economic aspects of the theatre in nineteenth-century France
    • Contains valuable primary information on actors' contracts, salaries, theatre management
    • Contains useful guide to further reading
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035019
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction
    Part I. The Audiences:
    1. Going to the theatre in the nineteenth century
    2. The auditorium
    3. Performance times - intervals - annual closures
    4. First nights and previews
    5. Order and disorder in the theatres
    6. Applause and censure
    7. The claque
    8. Working-class audiences
    Part II. The Acting Profession:
    9. A pariah profession
    10. Social origins
    11. Training for the stage
    12. Salaries and contracts
    13. The difficult life of the actress
    14. Acting standards
    Part III. The Profession of Playwright:
    15. The profession is organised
    16. The closed shop
    17. From acceptance to performance
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Guide to further reading
    Index.

  • Author

    Frederic William John Hemmings

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