Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - The Golden Age of Pantomime by Jeffrey Richards

Of all the theatrical genres most prized by the Victorians, pantomime is the only one to have survived continuously into the twenty-first century. It remains as true today as it was in the 1830s, that a visit to the pantomime constitutes the first theatrical experience of most children and now, as then, a successful pantomime season is the key to the financial health of most theatres. Everyone went to the pantomime, from Queen Victoria and the royal family to the humblest of her subjects. It appealed equally to West End and East End, to London and the provinces, to both sexes and all ages. Many Victorian luminaries were devotees of the pantomime, notably among them John Ruskin, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and W.E. Gladstone. In this vivid and evocative account of the Victorian pantomime, Jeffrey Richards examines the potent combination of slapstick, spectacle and subversion that ensured the enduring popularity of the form. The secret of its success, he argues, was its continual evolution.
It acted as an accurate cultural barometer of its times, directly reflecting current attitudes, beliefs and preoccupations, and it kept up a flow of instantly recognisable topical allusions to political rows, fashion fads, technological triumphs, wars and revolutions, and society scandals. Richards assesses throughout the contribution of writers, producers, designers and stars to the success of the pantomime in its golden age. This book is a treat as rich and appetizing as turkey, mince pies and plum pudding.

Buy The Golden Age of Pantomime by Jeffrey Richards from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781780762937
ISBN-10: 1780762933
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 456
Imprint: I.B. Tauris
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Golden Age of Pantomime by Jeffrey Richards

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Golden Age of Pantomime book by Jeffrey Richards and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


Author Biography - Jeffrey Richards

Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History, Lancaster University. His many publications on theatre history include Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and His World and John Ruskin and the Victorian Theatre. He is General Editor of Tauris' Cinema and Society Series. He lives in Lancaster, Lancashire.

Books By Jeffrey Richards

China and the Chinese in Popular Film by Jeffrey Richards
Hardback, October 2016
$235.15 $244.95
Sir Henry Irving by Jeffrey Richards
Paperback / softback, October 2006
$73.51 $76.57
Cinema and Radio in Britain and America, 1920-60 by Jeffrey Richards
Hardback, December 2010
$150.72 $157.00
Swordsmen of the Screen by Jeffrey Richards
Hardback, November 2013
$232.32 $242.00