The School Drama in England

The School Drama in England

The School Drama in England

The School Drama in England

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In schools and colleges throughout the English-speaking world the educational value of dramatics is receiving increasingly widespread recognition. In presenting this study, therefore, of the origin and development of dramatics in English schools, an attempt has been made first, to record a phase of English dramatic history which has not hitherto been noticed in detail, and secondly, to gather together material which may be of value to all who are interested in enlightened play-giving by students. It is hoped that the following pages may contain an answer for those who would ask, "Why should schoolboys bother to produce plays?"

Throughout, the term, "school drama," is employed in its simplest and broadest sense, of plays acted by schoolboys, and not as it has been variously used by scholars, to denote such specific genres as the Latin pedagogical dialogues of the sixteenth century, or the plays given by schoolboys, university men, or the gentlemen of the Inns of Court.

A necessarily arbitrary selection of schools has been made on the basis of the ten institutions which are the subject of Ackermann's classic history of English public schools (1816) and of the nine specified in the Royal Commission of July 18, 1861, appointed "to inquire into the revenues and management of certain colleges and schools."

It is a pleasure to record my indebtedness to Professor G. L. Kittredge, of Harvard, for helpful suggestions made at the outset of the work, and to Professor J. Tucker Murray, of Harvard, under whom the study was begun, for valuable assistance throughout the task. For their aid in connection with manuscript, index, and proof, I have to thank Miss M. M. McKie, Miss M. E. Schick, and Messrs. C. J. Hill and J. B. Virtue. I am especially grateful to those at the several schools whose hospitality and courtesy I have all too inadequately acknowledged in the text or notes. If, in spite of every care, errors have occurred, I shall be happy to be corrected.

T. H. V. M.

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