The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre / Edition 1

The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre / Edition 1

by Kerry Powell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521795362

ISBN-13: 9780521795364

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theatre in its own time and on the contemporary stage. The volume opens with an introduction surveying the theatre of the time followed by an essay contextualizing the theatre within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance

Overview

This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theatre in its own time and on the contemporary stage. The volume opens with an introduction surveying the theatre of the time followed by an essay contextualizing the theatre within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance, production, and theatre, including the music, the actors, stagecraft, and the audiences themselves, plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender. Chapters also deal with comedy, farce, melodrama, and the economics of theatre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521795364
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvii
Notes on contributorsix
Prefacexiii
Part 1.Introduction
Before the curtain3
Part 2.Performance and context
1Actors and acting17
2The show business economy, and its discontents36
3Victorian and Edwardian stagecraft: techniques and issues52
4Music for the theatre: style and function in incidental music70
5Victorian and Edwardian audiences93
6Performing identities: actresses and autobiography109
Part 3.Text and context
7Comedy and farce129
8Encountering melodrama145
9The music hall164
10Theatre of the 1890s: breaking down the barriers183
11New theatres for a new drama207
12The fallen woman on stage: maidens, magdalens, and the emancipated female222
13Reimagining the theatre: women playwrights of the Victorian and Edwardian period237
14The East-End theatre257
Select bibliography277
Index279

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