British Theatres and Music Halls
By (author) John Earl
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British Theatres and Music Halls by John Earl
Book DescriptionThis book was commissioned by The Theatres Trust, the body charged by Acts of Parliament with 'the better protection of theatres'. After decades of destruction, theatres are now recognised as significant records of the societies that produced them and valuable cultural resources for the prsent day. This book outlines the history of theatres and music halls from the late sixteenth century to the present time, noting changing fashions in entertainment and evolving official attitudes to safety that have, at various times, influenced the architectural character of the buildings. Particular attention is given to the thirty-five years before the First World War, when music hall and variety entertainment developed rapidly, accompanied by a masive surge in theatre building. The account is enlivened with illustrations of theatres, their architects and their audiences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747806271
(210mm x 150mm x 3mm)
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres, 1750-1950, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by John Earl
This descriptive gazetter looks, town by town, at all surviving theatres built between 1750 and 1950. It makes assesments of their quality, architecturally and theatrically and also assesses the potential of reopening some disused theatres.
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Author Biography - John Earl
John Earl worked for thirty years in the London County Council and Greater London Council on the investigation and care of historic buildings of all kinds and periods, during which time he pursued a personal specialisation in the history of the music hall and the architecture of entertainments. From 1986 to 1995 he was Director of the Theatres Trust. He is now a freelance consultant and has prepared conservation plans for a number of nationally important historic theatres.
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