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The Birth of Modern Theatre: Rivalry, Riots, and Romance in the Age of Garrick
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Norman S. Poser (Brooklyn Law School, USA)
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The Birth of Modern Theatre: Rivalry, Riots, and Romance in the Age of Garrick

Norman S. Poser (Brooklyn Law School, USA)


9781138333475

Routledge


Performance art;
Theatre Studies


Hardback

184 pages

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The Birth of Modern Theatre: Rivalry, Riots, and Romance in the Age of Garrick is a vivid description of the eighteenth-century London theatre scene-a time when the theatre took on many of the features of our modern stage. A natural and psychologically based acting style replaced the declamatory style of an earlier age. The theatres were mainly supported by paying audiences, no longer by royal or noble patrons. The press determined the success or failure of a play or a performance. Actors were no longer shunned by polite society, some becoming celebrities in the modern sense.

The dominant figure for thirty years was David Garrick, actor, theatre manager and playwright, who, off the stage, charmed London with his energy, playfulness, and social graces. No less important in defining eighteenth-century theatre were its audiences, who considered themselves full-scale participants in theatrical performances; if they did not care for a play, an actor, or ticket prices, they would loudly make their wishes known, sometimes starting a riot.

This book recounts the lives-and occasionally the scandals-of the actors and theatre managers and weaves them into the larger story of the theatre in this exuberant age, setting the London stage and its leading personalities against the background of the important social, cultural, and economic changes that shaped eighteenth-century Britain.

The Birth of Modern Theatre brings all of this together to describe a moment in history that sowed the seeds of today's stage.

By:   Norman S. Poser (Brooklyn Law School USA)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 159mm, 
Weight:   531g
ISBN:   9781138333475
ISBN 10:   1138333476
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: Dawn of an Era Chapter 2: Garrick in love Chapter 3: The cultural context Chapter 4: The Licensing Act Chapter 5: The actors' strike Chapter 6: An Irish interlude Chapter 7: A visit to the theatre Chapter 8: A community of friends and rivals Chapter 9: Garrick onstage Chapter 10: The actor as celebrity Chapter 11: Garrick rules at Drury Lane Chapter 12: Shakespeare mania Chapter 13: The English Aristophanes Chapter 14: Foote and the dangerous duchess Chapter 15: A turbulent spirit Chapter 16: The Macbeth riots Chapter 17: End of an era Epilogue Bibliography

Norman S. Poser is Professor Emeritus at Brooklyn Law School. His previous books include Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason and Escape: A Jewish Scandinavian Family in the Second World War.


This book vividly reconstructs their (the actors) lives, careers and occasional scandals. Times Higher Education

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