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Description - Celebrity, Performance, Reception by David Worrall

By 1800 London had as many theatre seats for sale as the city's population. This was the start of the capital's rise as a centre for performing arts. Bringing to life a period of extraordinary theatrical vitality, David Worrall re-examines the beginnings of celebrity culture amidst a monopolistic commercial theatrical marketplace. The book presents an innovative transposition of social assemblage theory into performance history. It argues that the cultural meaning of drama changes with every change in the performance location. This theoretical model is applied to a wide range of archival materials including censor's manuscripts, theatre ledger books, performance schedules, unfamiliar play texts and rare printed sources. By examining prompters' records, box office receipts and benefit night takings, the study questions the status of David Garrick, Sarah Siddons and Edmund Kean, and recovers the neglected actress, Elizabeth Younge, and her importance to Edmund Burke.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781107043602
ISBN-10: 1107043603
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 311
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Worrall

David Worrall is Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Theatric Revolution: Drama, Censorship and Romantic Period Subcultures, 1773-1832 (2006), The Politics of Romantic Theatricality: The Road to the Stage (2007) and Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment (2007). He has held fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, Lewis Walpole Library, Folger Shakespeare Library and Huntington Library and the Library Company of Pennsylvania.