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British theater became big business in the nineteenth century, and the role of laissez-faire in this cultural industry consistently troubled the government. This is the first full-length study to investigate the theater's growth from an economic perspective, reflecting the debates of theorists from Adam Smith to Alfred Marshall. Tracy Davis' wide-ranging analysis grounds issues such as subsidization and the economic viability of the live arts in an era predating government funding, offering fresh insight into the history of cultural policy for the arts in Britain.Read more
- A comprehensive study of economic theory in relation to nineteenth-century British theatre
- Broad interdisciplinary appeal - theatre, social history, economics, sociology of culture, gender studies
- Provides an alternate perspective on the history of cultural policy for the arts in Britain
- Winner of the George Freedley Memorial Award 2001, presented by the Theatre Library Association
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"[A]n immensely accomplished work of theatre history." Essays in TheatreSee more reviews
"Copious, precise, and palpable, Davis's scholarly labors--the scene of her writing--become the scrim through which to encounter the economic conditions in which British theatre was produced between the years 1800 and 1914." Theatre Journal
"This book will appeal to historians of the theater and of media studies; its focus on the theater as an industry adds a new dimension. The author brings very useful statistics to illuminate the study of costs. The book will also make fascinating reading for social and cultural historians." EH.NET
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- Date Published: June 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521036856
- length: 528 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 30 mm
- weight: 0.786kg
- contains: 17 b/w illus. 29 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of figures
Note to readers
Part I. Competition: Theatre and Laissez-Faire:
1. Monopoly and free trade: fair and unfair competition
2. Property and the stakes of private interest
3. Industrial regulation and safety
4. Marginal economics, national interest and the half-naked woman
Part II. Ownership and Entrepreneurialism:
5. Opportunity, finance and failure
7. Business structures
8. Gender, 'gentlemanly capitalism' and the wo-manager
Part III. Industrialization, Commodity Capitalism and Theatre Production Systems:
9. Labour and labourers
10. Theatre as cultural capital
Appendix: 'To the public. Charles Kemble's mercies or the '999' increasing'
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