The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830

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Jane Moody, Daniel O'Quinn
Cambridge University Press, Oct 25, 2007 - Drama - 285 pages
This Companion offers a wide-ranging and innovative guide to one of the most exciting and important periods in British theatrical history. The scope of the volume extends from the age of Garrick to the Romantic transformation of acting inaugurated by Edmund Kean. It brings together cutting-edge scholarship from leading international scholars in the long eighteenth century, offering lively and original insights into the world of the stage, its most influential playwrights and the professional lives of celebrated performers such as James Quin, George Anne Bellamy, John Philip Kemble, Dora Jordan, Fanny Abington and Sarah Siddons. The volume includes essential chapters about eighteenth-century acting, production and audiences, important surveys of key theatrical forms such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama and pantomime as well as a range of exciting thematic essays on subjects such as private theatricals, 'black' theatre and the representation of empire.
 

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Contents

Acting and actors from Garrick to Kean
3
performance and theatrical geography in eighteenthcentury Britain
21
Scenography and technology
43
Spectatorship
57
Genres
71
The social life of eighteenthcentury comedy
73
Tragedy
87
Pantomime
103
the actress in eighteenthcentury theatre and culture
159
Race and profit in English theatre
175
Places of Performance
189
Private theatricals
191
Opera in the London theatres
205
the Irish theatre
219
Theatre and empire
233
Further Reading
247

Romantic melodrama
115
Identities
129
the case of the footmens gallery
131
Women playwrights
145
Reading theatre 17301830
249
Bibliography
261
Index
274
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Jane Moody is a Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York.

Daniel O'Quinn is Associate Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

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