Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Winter

Amateur Theatre in the Long Nineteenth Century
Like a previous special issue of this journal - Instruction, Amusement and Spectacle: Popular Shows and Exhibitions, 1800-1914 (Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film, 37:1 (2010)) - this volume concerns performance beyond the walls of the theatre, exploring...
Documents of Performance: Illustrated Reviews of Naval Theatricals
The theatres referenced in the following illustrated reviews served as venues for British drama that remain largely unexplored by theatre scholars. As structures for dramatic representation, these makeshifttheatres were dismantled as soon as each production...
Documents of Performance: 'What Signifies a Theatre?'
Part One: Recreating Private Theatricals at Chawton House LibraryIn 1801, Richard Graves complained that 'there is hardly a family in high or low life, that has not its theatre of some kind or other, and its occasional performers.'1 Despite this, private...
'Entirely Free of Any Amateurishness': Private Training, Public Taste and the Women's Dramatic Club of University College, Toronto (1905-21)
In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, women frequently created and performed amateur private theatricals and parlour plays. In British North America during the same period, it was army officers who held domain over amateur theatre, performing...
'Feeling and Sense beyond All Seeming': Private Lines, Public Relations and the Performances of the LeFanu Circle
In the summer of 1780 Thomas Sheridan, the former actor-manager of Dublin's Smock-Alley Theatre, described his daughters as 'two young women who are utterly unqualified to do anything for themselves'.1 Of the eldest, Alicia, then aged twenty eight, Thomas...
Nineteenth-Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter
Marty Gould, Nineteenth-Century Theatre and the Imperial Encounter. New York: Routledge, 2011. 272 pp. £80.00/$125.00.Sadiah Qureshi, Peoples on Parade: Exhibitions, Empire, and Anthropology in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chicago: University of Chicago...
'One Entire Nation of Actors and Actresses': Reconsidering the Relationship of Public and Private Theatricals
'The rage for dramatic entertainments in private families has increased astonishingly', announced the St James' Chronicle in 1776, 'scarce a man of rank but either has or pretends to have his petit theatre, in the decoration of which the utmost taste...
Private Theatricals in the Harcourt Family Papers
The British tradition of private theatricals became a full-blown obsession at a time when household entertainments of all kinds were growing in public visibility and influence. In her study of the impact of 'fashionable sociability' on metropolitan culture...
Russian Culture and Theatrical Performance in America, 1891-1933
Valleri J. Hohman, Russian Culture and Theatrical Performance in America, 1891-1933. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. xi + 209 pp. Illus. £55.00/$85.00.The sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867 was the first time Russia impinged on the American...
The Serious Play of Gender: Blackface Minstrel Shows by Mary Barnard Horne, 1892-1897
Blackface minstrel shows were an immensely popular form of popular, professional entertainment on both sides of the Atlantic in the nineteenth century. T. D. ('Daddy') Rice, the story goes, traveled through the southern United States in the 1820s where...