Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, Summer

Documents of Performance: Mapping Performance Culture 2: Reading the Street
Our document section will offer objects and texts which, individually, throw light on theatrical and/or filmic processes or the cultural circumstances in which performance events have taken place. As with any other document, this document and those which...
Editorial
In 1704 Jonathan Swift published his satire The Battle of the Books, a mock-epic which pitted enlightened ancient authors against modern critics, pompous interpreters of the ancients and translators, publishers, and other literary and scholarly poseurs....
Hall Caine and the Melodrama on Page, Stage and Screen
The Victorian novelist Sir Thomas Henry Hall Caine (1853-1931) became a household name during a spectacular career that spanned more than forty years. He sold in total around ten million copies of his fifteen novels, extended their reach still further...
Jane Austen and the Theatre
Paula Byrne, Jane Austen and the Theatre. London and New York: Hambledon and London, 2002. xvii + 283 pp. £25.00/$29.95.Penny Gay, Jane Austen and the Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. xi + 201 pp. £40.00/$55.00.Published in the same...
Legitimate Cinema: Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918
Jon Burrows, Legitimate Cinema: Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918. University of Exeter Press, 2003. 288 pp. £39.99.From 1908 and 1918, the British cinema enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the theatre. This was a time when...
Mapping Performance Culture: Locating the Spectator in Theatre History
IntroductionIt is axiomatic to any definition of performance that it requires the presence of an audience: theatrical meaning is created in the interaction between performer and audience, between stage and auditorium. Yet the difficulty of addressing...
Maria Marten, or the Murder in the Red Barn: The Theatricality of Provincial Life
Maria Marten disappeared from her family home in the village of Polstead, Suffolk in May 1827. The twenty-seven year old had arranged to meet her lover - the squire's son William Corder - at the village's red barn, from where they were to elope in order...
The Theatre Royal, York, in the 1840s
Histories of English provincial theatres often suggest that theatre was in decline throughout the nineteenth century, with the 1830s and 1840s seen as the nadir, before touring companies from London revived standards and audiences. Kathleen Barker, for...
William West and the Regency Toy Theatre
William West and the Regency Toy Theatre. An exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2, in association with Pollock's Toy Museum. 16 January to 27 March 2004. (The exhibition will have closed at its London venue by the...