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The Cambridge History of British Theatre (Volume 2) by Joseph Donohue

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By Joseph Donohue

Quantity of The Cambridge historical past of British Theatre starts off in 1660 with the recovery of King Charles II to the throne and the reestablishment of the pro theatre, interdicted when you consider that 1642, and follows the far-reaching improvement of the shape over centuries and extra to 1895. Descriptions of the theatres, actors and actresses, appearing businesses, dramatists and dramatic genres over the interval are augmented via money owed of the audiences, politics and morality, scenography, provincial theatre, theatrical laws, the long-drawn-out festival of significant and minor theatres, and the final word revocation of the theatrical monopoly of Drury Lane and Covent backyard, beginning a brand new period. Chapters on consultant years, 1776 and 1895, are complemented through chapters on extra special productions, The Beggar's Opera and The Bells, in addition to through reviews of well known theatre, together with song corridor, sexuality at the Victorian level and different social and cultural contexts.

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Britannia’, is performed. Peg Woffington, having persuaded John Rich to hire her for Covent Garden at £9 per week, makes her d´ebut in November in the breeches role of Silvia in The Recruiting Officer. Colley Cibber publishes his memoir, Apology for the Life of xxxiii Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Chronology 1741 1742 1743 1744 1745 Colley Cibber, Comedian, and Late Patentee of the Theatre Royal, one of the most delightful and informative of all theatrical autobiographies.

Famous novelist and dramatist, Greek independence declared publishes its findings in Report at Conference of London. from the Select Committee on Dramatic Literature; the recommendations of the committee will take some eleven years for final enactment into law. The Dramatic Copyright Act, informally known as ‘Bulwer-Lytton’s Act’, gives the author of ‘any tragedy, comedy, play, opera, farce or other dramatic entertainment’ the sole right to perform it or authorize its performance, but only for a limited period.

Liii Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 Chronology 1803 Colman the younger, John Bull; or, The Englishman’s Fireside (Covent Garden). Cross, Louisa of Lombardi; or, The Secret Nuptials (Royal Circus). Frederick Winsor sets up an apparatus on the stage of the Lyceum in order to promote a new type of lighting, fuelled by gas. Napoleon proclaimed emperor of France. Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony. Alexander Hamilton, American revolutionary and statesman, is killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.

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