Politics Of Romantic Theatricality, 1787-1832

Politics Of Romantic Theatricality, 1787-1832

by David Worrall
     
 
This much-needed new study examines the emergence of a distinctive public sphere of drama largely set apart from the royal patent theatres of Covent Garden, Drury Lane and the Haymarket. London's theatrical spaces of the Olympic Theatre, Royal Coburg and Davis's Amphitheatre, alongside a range of urban private theatres on the edge of legality, provided a vibrant

Overview

This much-needed new study examines the emergence of a distinctive public sphere of drama largely set apart from the royal patent theatres of Covent Garden, Drury Lane and the Haymarket. London's theatrical spaces of the Olympic Theatre, Royal Coburg and Davis's Amphitheatre, alongside a range of urban private theatres on the edge of legality, provided a vibrant contemporary theatricality. The London bakers' apprentices, hackney scribes, shopmen and girls who took to the stage of the minor private theatres supplied the cultural context for the attacks on the Cockney school of poetry. Worrall's fascinating glimpse of this hidden world also includes an analysis of the East End Royalty Theatre, where blackmasked harlequins negotiated conciliatory representations of slavery to accommodate their racially diverse audience. A major contribution to our understanding of the theatre of the period, this timely book will be of interest to students and scholars of Romanticism and theatre studies.

About the Author:
David Worrall is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University, UK

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'...a book positively bursting with fascinating new material...both an intriguing and rewarding foray into the plebeian culture of the minor London playhouses.' David O'Shaughnessy, British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin& Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230801653
Publisher:
Palgrave-UK-USA
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Series:
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
362 KB

Meet the Author

DAVID WORRALL is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is the author of Theatric Revolution: Drama, Censorship and Romantic Period Subcultures, 1773-1832 (2006) and co-editor, with Steve Clark, of Historicizing Blake (1994), Blake in the Nineties (1999), and Blake, Nation and Empire (2006).

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