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© 2004

Queen Victoria and the Theatre of her Age

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. At Home

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 3-15
    3. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 16-36
    4. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 37-60
    5. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 61-69
    6. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 70-88
    7. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 89-101
  3. In London

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 105-116
    3. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 117-125
    4. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 126-135
    5. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 136-145
    6. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 146-157
  4. The Queen’s Example

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 161-172
    3. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 173-184
    4. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 185-193
    5. Richard W. Schoch
      Pages 195-201
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 203-235

About this book

Introduction

A fresh and intimate portrait of Queen Victoria 'at the play'. Through Victoria's diary, artwork and correspondence we see her as enraptured spectator, bountiful patron and tyrannical director of private theatricals. At times she appears formidable. More frequently she is impudent, high-spirited and unruly; a woman who delights in gory melodramas and circus acts. Queen Victoria and the Theatre of Her Age gives readers a deeply personal account of her lifelong devotion to the stage. It will appeal to anyone interested in monarchy's place in popular culture.

Keywords

culture drama stage theatre

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of English and DramaQueen Mary, University of LondonUK

About the authors

RICHARD W. SCHOCH is Reader in Drama and Theatre History at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous works include Not Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Victorian Stage, and Victorian Theatrical Burlesques. The recipient of fellowships from The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Leverhulme Trust, and The American Society for Theatre Research, he has been shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize and the Barnard Hewitt Award.

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Reviews

'This delightful, charmingly illustrated account of Queen Victoria's long-lasting and eventful love affair with the theatre offers no less entertainment than sociological illumination. No one is better fitted to tell this story than Richard Schoch, and he does with deep scholarship, verve and flair.' - Professor Stanley Wells, Shakespeare Centre

'...amiable study of Queen Victoria's theatre-going.' - John Bowen, Times Literary Supplement

'Queen Victoria and the Theatre of Her Age is a little gem of beautifully researched detail, full of quotations from original sources; the surprising, the thought provoking, the amusing and the bizarre'. - Charlotte Zeepvat, Royalty Digest

'As with Schoch's previous excavations of Victorian theatricality, this is a very enjoyable, red-plush study.' - Plays International