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Routledge Library Editions: Victorian Theatre


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Reissuing works originally published between 1971 and 1981, this compact set offers an outstanding collection of scholarship devoted to 19th Century, Victorian, theatre. A small set of performance history and criticism, this set includes a biography of Henry Irving, a look at the rise of the status of a career as actor, and a consideration of the advent of dramatic criticism. These volumes present toegther a lively picture of the development of the contemporary theatre.

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English Theatre in Transition 1881-1914

English Theatre in Transition 1881-1914

1st Edition

James Woodfield
June 06, 2017

Originally published in 1984. The turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was a time of considerable change in the English theatre. Victorian attitudes were shocked or shattered by the new drama of Ibsen; the major figure of George Bernard Shaw dominated the period; theatre censorship was...

Henry Irving and The Victorian Theatre

Henry Irving and The Victorian Theatre

1st Edition

Madeleine Bingham
June 06, 2017

Originally published in 1978. Henry Irving achieved an astounding success in Britain and America as an actor; yet he lacked good looks, had spindly legs, and did not have a good voice. He said so himself. Today Irving is regarded as the archetype of the old-time actor, but in his own time he was...

Nineteenth Century British Theatre

Nineteenth Century British Theatre

1st Edition

Kenneth Richards, Peter Thomson
June 06, 2017

Originally published in 1971. Nineteenth-century theatre in England has been greatly neglected, although serious study would reveal that the roots of much modern drama are to be found in the experiments and extravagancies of the nineteenth-century stage. The essays collected here cover a range of...

The Rise of the Victorian Actor

The Rise of the Victorian Actor

1st Edition

Michael Baker
June 06, 2017

Originally published in 1978. Between 1830 and 1890 the English theatre became recognisably modern. Standards of acting and presentation improved immeasurably, new playwrights emerged, theatres became more comfortable and more intimate and playgoing became a national pastime with all classes. The...

Victorian Dramatic Criticism

Victorian Dramatic Criticism

1st Edition

George Rowell
June 06, 2017

Originally published in 1971. The Victorian Age was one of popular theatre and increasingly popular journalism. One manifestation of this journalism was the emergence of the dramatic critic from the anonymity and brevity which had previously characterized periodical treatment of the theatre. If...

Victorian Spectacular Theatre 1850-1910

Victorian Spectacular Theatre 1850-1910

1st Edition

Michael R. Booth
June 06, 2017

Originally published in 1981. This study concentrates on one aspect of Victorian theatre production in the second half of the nineteenth century – the spectacular, which came to dominate certain kinds of production during that period. A remarkably consistent style, it was used for a variety of...

Routledge Library Editions: Victorian Theatre

Routledge Library Editions: Victorian Theatre

1st Edition


July 20, 2015

Reissuing works originally published between 1971 and 1981, this compact set offers an outstanding collection of scholarship devoted to 19th Century, Victorian, theatre. A small set of performance history and criticism, this set includes a biography of Henry Irving, a look at the rise of the status...

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