The Theatre of the London Fairs in the Eighteenth Century by Sybil RosenfieldThe Theatre of the London Fairs in the Eighteenth Century by Sybil Rosenfield

The Theatre of the London Fairs in the Eighteenth Century

bySybil Rosenfield

Paperback | September 18, 2008

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The London fairs are important in the history of English drama, for play-acting was one of their main attractions. From Jonson's Bartholomew Fair we have a picture of the Elizabethan fair; it is however insufficiently known that the fairs were still held in the eighteenth century and that plays were still performed at them. Miss Rosenfeld has investigated these entertainments. She has been able to construct a chronological record of the performances at Bartholomew Fair, Southwark Fair, May Fair and some less important centres; she examines such fair-plays and drolls as survive as texts or in printed descriptions, and she analyses the evidence about the structure of the stages and theatres used. She shows that the performances had a large public, and that the actors from the chief theatres found it worthwhile to take part in them; so her account is a necessary supplement to the theatrical history of the eighteenth century.
Title:The Theatre of the London Fairs in the Eighteenth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.51 inPublished:September 18, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052108167X

ISBN - 13:9780521081672


Table of Contents

1. Bartholomew Fair. Early Shows; 2. Bartholomew Fair. Theatrical Heyday; 3. Bartholomew Fair. The Decline; 4. Southwark Fair. Early Shows to 1735; 5. Southwark Fair, 1736-1762; 6. May Fair; 7. Some Lesser Fairs; 8. Plays and Drolls; 9. Theatres and Staging.