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British Theatre in the Great War

A Revaluation

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British Theatre in the Great War by Gordon Williams
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British Theatre in the Great War deals with a theatrical phase customarily dismissed by those charting twentieth-century developments. What becomes clear is that assessment by unsuitable literary criteria has masked the importance of the war years in British theatrical history. In avolding a texts bias, the book reveals a period of unsurpassed prosperity in which the stage's substantial contribution to the war effort is only one notable feature. That the period also saw the commercial theatre's absorption of Continental avant-gardeism by way of revue, the last great epoch of music hall, the rise of the Old Vic with a project in opera and Shakespeare of which we are still the beneficiaries, and the unprecedented popularity of opera everywhere (this was surely the most fruitful period of Thomas Beecham's theatrical career) is compelling argument for revaluation. In his reassessment of this period, Gordon Williams extensively examines scripts and press coverage, providing a comprehensive overview from popular pantomime to the specialist work of the private stage as well as discussion of such issues as working conditions and censorship.

Author Biography

Gordon Williams is Reader in English at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Previous books include A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (3 vols, Athlone, 1994) and Shakespeare, Sex and the Print Revolution (Athlone, 1996).
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
368
Dimensions
140x216x19
ISBN-13
9780826478825
Product ID
1675397

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