Victorian plays : a record of significant productions on the London stage, 1837-1901 /
compiled by Donald Mullin.
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
xvi, 444 p. ; 25 cm. --
0313242119 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
0313242119 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-06:
A selective bibliography and compendium of information on legitimate plays (comedies, farces, tragedies or combinations of these) and players appearing on the London stage from 1837 to 1901. Excluded are such genres as operas, operettas, amateur performances, and burlesques. Cast lists include only principal players, and only the first performance of each run is noted. An index of playwrights, adaptors, and translators is provided. A complete alphabetical list of players too lengthy to include will appear as a separate book, Victorian Performers. Although this is the first single-volume reference work on the subject, it is appropriate only for collections supporting graduate study of stage history in Victorian London. Computer-assisted bibliographic compilation and indexing should eventually provide what is really needed to support such study-a complete database of entries for all Victorian plays and stage entertainments, with multiple access by titles, performers, directors, and subgenres. Not recommended for most college collections.-E.J. Carpenter, Oberlin College
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'œMullin's arrangement by the titles of plays assumes a certain knowledge of Victorian theatrical history. His compact entries identify the play's genre, playwright, the theater(s) at which it was produced, and the month and year of each production along with its principal cast members and their roles.... This guide to the highlights of Victorian drama and the forthcoming companion index set the stage for additional work....'' Wilson Library Bulletin
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This work provides a ready reference to significant productions of plays on the London stage during the period 1837 through 1901 and includes extensive information concerning both plays and players. The compiler's introduction offers a fascinating overview of the cultural and social attitudes toward theatre in the Victorian Era, and the ways in which theatre reflected societal changes, class differences, and the tastes and interests of the theatre-going public. This single-volume reference offers a wealth of previously unobtainable factual information and an opportunity for broader study of a large array of theatrical personalities.
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Introduction Production Record
Plays A-Z Index of Playwrights, Adaptors, and Translators
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