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The performing century: nineteenth-century theatre's history

The performing century: nineteenth-century theatre's history

Holland, Peter, 1951- editor of compilation; Davis, Tracy C., 1960- editor of compilation

'The Performing Century' looks at modes of performance and forms of theatre in 19th century Britain and Ireland. The authors bring new perspectives on familiar material and radically redefine what theatre and performance in the 19th century might be

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Tracy C. Davis and Peter Holland
ISBN: 0230250408, 9780230250406
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Originally published: 2007.
Physical Description: xiv, 271 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm.
Series: Redefining British theatre history
Subject: Theatre; 19th Century; Theater Great Britain History 19th century.; Drama; Performing Arts.
Series Title: Redefining British theatre history.


  1. List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors Series Introduction: Redefining British Theatre History
  2. P.Holland Introduction: The Performing Society
  3. T.C.Davis & P.Holland PART I: PERFORMANCE OCCASIONS Boxing Day
  4. J.Davis What Are Faries For?
  5. T.C.Davis Communal Performances: Royal Ritual, Revolution, and National Acts
  6. E.Allen George Edwardes and Musical Comedy: The Transformations of London Theatre and Society, 1878-1914
  7. T.Postlewait PART II: PERFORMANCE ANXIETIES Nation and Neighbourhood, Jews and Englishmen: Location and Theatrical Ideology in the Theatre of Victorian London
  8. H.Holder Theatre History and Capital on the Victorian Stage
  9. J.Moody Modernity, Geography and Historiography: (Re)-Mapping Irish Theatre History on the Nineteenth Century
  10. M.Phelan PART III: REPERTOIRES The Death of Tragedy
  11. or, the Birth of Melodrama
  12. J.N.Cox Fitting the Bill: Acting out the Season of 1813/14 at the Sans Pareil
  13. G.Bush-Bailey Charles Mathews, Low Comedian, and the Intersections of Romantic Ideology
  14. E.Ziter The Persistence of Closet Drama: Theory, History, Form
  15. C.Burroughs Shakespeare and the Music Hall
  16. R.Schoch What is a Play? Drama and the Victorian Circus
  17. J.Bratton Index

Author note

EMILY ALLEN is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, USA

JACKY BRATTON is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

CATHERINE BURROUGHS is Professor of English at Wells College and Visiting Lecturer in English at Cornell University, USA

GILLI BUSH-BAILEY is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

JEFFREY N. COX is Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

JIM DAVIS is Professor and Chair in the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK

HEIDI J. HOLDER is Professor of English at Central Michigan University, USA

JANE MOODY is Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK

MARK PHELAN is Lecturer in Drama at Queen's University, Belfast, UK

THOMAS POSTLEWAIT is Professor of Theatre History at Ohio State University, USA

RICHARD SCHOCH is Professor of the History of Culture at Queen Mary, University of London, UK

EDWARD ZITER is Associate Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Drama at New York University, USA


'The Performing Century: Nineteenth-Century Theatre's History is a fine collection of essays, and unlike some other such collections is likely to be of lasting value.' - Early Popular Visual Culture

'This collection of essays marks the distance travelled in the last two decades in scholarship on nineteenth-century theatre. Thirteen essays, collectively and individually, weave history and historiography together in what are uniformly exemplary demonstrations of 'new theatre history'. The volume also reminds us that it is in this formerly most maligned of theatre-historic fields that some of the most interesting, innovative and critically engaged work is being done.' - Katherine Newey, Theatre Research International