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 topics within the world of Victorian theatre, from particular actors to particular theatres; from farce to Byron’s tragedies, plus a separate section about Shakespearean productions.
Introduction Part 1: The Theatre 1. A Theatre for the People Clive Barker 2. Theatre Royal, Hull; or, The Vanishing Circuit Donald Roy 3. The Career of Charles Kean: A Financial Report M. Glen Wilson 4. Staging Mid-Victorian Drama: Four Seasons at Pullman’s Summer Palace Paul Wadleigh Part 2: The Drama 5. The Early Career of George Colman the Younger Peter Thomson 6. Lord Byron’s Historical Tragedies William Ruddick 7. Early Victorian Farce: Dionysus Domesticated Michael R. Booth 8. George Henry Lewes as Playwright: A Register of Pieces John Hopkin 9. The First Production of The Importance of Being Earnest: A Proposal for a Reconstructive Study Joseph W. Donohue, Jr. 10. Dr Hennequin and the Well-Made Play Arthur Colby Sprague Part 3: Shakespearean Production in the Nineteenth Century 11. The Taming of the Shrew at the Haymarket Theatre, 1844 and 1847 Jan McDonald 12. On Looking at The Merchant of Venice W. Moelwyn Merchant 13. Samuel Phelps’s Production of All’s Well That Ends Well Kenneth Richards
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.