Theatre Notebook

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 2, June

Mr Macready and His Monarch
Queen Elizabeth I and Richard Burbage, King Charles II and Thomas Betterton, King George III and Sarah Siddons, Queen Victoria and William Charles Macready, King Edward VII and Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Laurence Olivier and Queen Elizabeth II. What if...
Redefining the Grotesque: E. J. Odell, Actor and Comedian
In the history of the Victorian stage E. J. Odell (1834-1928) stands out as an actor and comedian unsurpassed for an eccentricity verging on the grotesque. (1) Paradoxically however it was his reputation off the stage that secured his fame. Of unconventional...
"Scaenes with Four Doors": Real and Virtual Doors on Early Restoration Stages
Debate over the number of physical doors of entrance on English stages during the Restoration period (1660-1700) has been a staple of commentary since the late nineteenth century. The majority of commentators prefer four, with several suggesting two,...