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Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770–1840

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039864

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  • Toward the end of the eighteenth century, a major transformation took place in British dramatic culture with the emergence of an illegitimate theater and the struggle between London's patent playhouses (Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and the Haymarket) and the new, so-called minor theaters. This is the first book to explore the institutions, genres, and performance history of this illegitimate theater. Jane Moody's lively account considers the prohibition of tragedy and comedy at London's minor theaters, interpretations of Shakespeare, and describes the ingenious ways in which performers circumnavigated the law.

    • Brings to light an influential period of theatrical history
    •  Studies the uncensored theatres of Georgian England
    • Defines illegitimate theatre as a crucial category for the understanding of Romanticism
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Original research...great insight...This is a notable contribution, analytically and methodologically, to our understanding of theater and politics." Nineteenth Century Studies

    "Moody...provides previously unavailable terms, contexts, and interpretive frameworks in a work of materialist criticism of great imagination." European Romantic Review

    "Rigorously researched and superbly written, this study opens new dimensions of inquiry for romanticists and theater historians alike." Studies in Romanticism

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039864
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.448kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    1. The invention of illegitimate culture
    2. The disintegration of legitimate theatre
    3. Illegitimate production
    4. Illegitimate Shakespeares
    5. Reading the theatrical city
    6. Westminster laughter
    7. Illegitimate celebrities
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Jane Moody, University of York

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