The Theatre Industry in Nineteenth-Century France

The Theatre Industry in Nineteenth-Century France

by Frederic William John Hemmings
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Cambridge University Press

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The Theatre Industry in Nineteenth-Century France

This is the first book to explore the history of French theater 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 theater became one of the few areas of employment where women were in demand as much as men. In this lively account, Hemmings examines how the theater world flourished and evolved, and reveals such matters as the difficult life of the actress, salaries and contracts, and the profession of the playwright.

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ISBN-13: 9780521441421
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/12/1993
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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.

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