The Edwardian Theatre: Essays on Performance and the Stage

The Edwardian Theatre: Essays on Performance and the Stage

by Michael Richard Booth, Joel H. Kaplan
     
 

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This book presents Edwardian entertainment and the Edwardian entertainment industry as parts of a vital, turbulent era whose preoccupations and paranoias echo those of our own day. Responding to recent shifts of attitude toward the Edwardians and their world, the essays in this collection take as their provenance broad patterns of theatrical production and

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This book presents Edwardian entertainment and the Edwardian entertainment industry as parts of a vital, turbulent era whose preoccupations and paranoias echo those of our own day. Responding to recent shifts of attitude toward the Edwardians and their world, the essays in this collection take as their provenance broad patterns of theatrical production and consumption, focusing on the economics of theater management, the creation of new audiences, the politics of playgoing, and the meteoric rise of popular forms of mass entertainment, including musical comedy, variety theater, and the cinema.

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"...interesting historical material unavailable elsewhere....belongs in the bookshelf of anyone seriously interested in cultural studies and the theatre." Theatre Journal

"While these essays vary in focus and originality of research, they may be excitingly crossread to discern the contours of the dominant—usually economic and sexual—themes which claim for this decade the distinction of a separate study." Veronica Kelly, Victorian Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521087988
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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