Playing To The Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830 by F. BurwickPlaying To The Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830 by F. Burwick

Playing To The Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830

byF. Burwick

Hardcover | November 3, 2011

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Between 1780 and 1830, the growing London population divided into immigrant neighborhoods with two dozen unlicensed theatres tailoring productions to attract and serve this new audience. Playing to the Crowd is the first study of the productions of the minor theatres, how they were adapted to appeal to the local patrons and the audiences who worked and lived in the communities. 

Frederick Burwick is a professor emeritus at UCLA. He is the author or editor of twenty-six books and his book Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination won the Barricelli Book of the Year Award. His research is dedicated to problems of perception, illusion, and delusion in literary representation and theatrical performance and he h...
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Title:Playing To The Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230116868

ISBN - 13:9780230116863

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Table of Contents

Children on Stage: Idealized, Eroticized, Demonized * Moore and the Drama of Irish Protest * Zapolya : Coleridge and the Werewolves * Glenarvon on Stage: Impersonating Byron * Foscari: Mitford’s Dramaturgy of the Unspoken and Unexplained * Wilhelm Tell on the London Stage * Heroic Rebels and Highwaymen * London Crime: Executioners, Murderers, Detectives * Transpontine Theaters and Working-Class Audiences

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"[Burwick] leads us, his readers, with an exacting eye through the much neglected repertoire of London popular theater with a view to unsettling our notions of Romantic theater history, while his wholly original account of its audiences leads to a novel understanding of the great city itself in the revolutionary age. In short, it is both a book about London's theater, and a book about London and the theater—from a scholar who has devoted his storied career to the subject." - The Wordsworth Circle "Burwick places the audience at center stage in this impressively inclusive account of 'popularity' in London's theatrical underworld. Based on extensive archival research, and with a cast of brilliant characters, Playing to the Crowd takes a bracingly fresh look at Romantic-era theatre and makes us rethink a subject we thought we already knew." - Nicholas Roe, Professor of English, University of St. Andrews "In Playing to the Crowd, Burwick brings his massive erudition to bear upon the popular theaters of early nineteenth-century London. This wide ranging study explores the relationship between particular theaters, playwrights, and stage managers and the local London neighborhoods they sought to entertain. For the first time, we get an account of how popular theaters in London were defined by class and ethnicity, with, for example, audiences at the working class transpontine theaters reveling in the exploits of heroic waterman or crowds from London's 'Little Italy' thrilling to depictions of the Foscari and Masaniello. As Burwick takes us through London's theatrical neighborhoods, we learn of how Moore used his satiric talents to dramatize the situation in Ireland, how Schiller's Tell was rendered melodramatic to appeal to London's German population, and how Coleridge's Zapolya was fitted to audiences craving Gothic terrors by highlighting its allusions to the legend of the werewolf. This book is essential reading to anyone interested in the drama and theater of the nineteenth century." - Jeffrey N. Cox, Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Humanities, University of Colorado at Boulder