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The Performing Century

Nineteenth-Century Theatre’s History

  • Editors
  • Tracy C. Davis
  • Peter Holland

Part of the Redefining British Theatre History book series (RBTH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: the Performing Society

    1. Tracy C. Davis, Peter Holland
      Pages 1-9
  3. Performance Occasions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jim Davis
      Pages 13-31
    3. Tracy C. Davis
      Pages 32-59
  4. Performance Anxieties

  5. Repertoires

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-271

About this book


This book looks at modes of performance and forms of theatre in Nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland. On subjects as varied as the vogue for fairy plays to the representation of economics to the work of a parliamentary committee in regulating theatres, the authors redefine what theatre and performance in the Nineteenth century might be.


comedy drama Great Britain history of theatre Romanticism stage theatre tragedy William Shakespeare

About the authors

EMILY ALLEN is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, USA JACKY BRATTON is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK CATHERINE BURROUGHS is Professor of English at Wells College and Visiting Lecturer in English at Cornell University, USA GILLI BUSH-BAILEY is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK JEFFREY N. COX is Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Humanities at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA JIM DAVIS is Professor and Chair in the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK HEIDI J. HOLDER is Professor of English at Central Michigan University, USA JANE MOODY is Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK MARK PHELAN is Lecturer in Drama at Queen's University, Belfast, UK THOMAS POSTLEWAIT is Professor of Theatre History at Ohio State University, USA RICHARD SCHOCH is Professor of the History of Culture at Queen Mary, University of London, UK EDWARD ZITER is Associate Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Drama at New York University, USA

Bibliographic information


'The Performing Century: Nineteenth-Century Theatre's History is a fine collection of essays, and unlike some other such collections is likely to be of lasting value.' - Early Popular Visual Culture

'This collection of essays marks the distance travelled in the last two decades in scholarship on nineteenth-century theatre. Thirteen essays, collectively and individually, weave history and historiography together in what are uniformly exemplary demonstrations of 'new theatre history'. The volume also reminds us that it is in this formerly most maligned of theatre-historic fields that some of the most interesting, innovative and critically engaged work is being done.' - Katherine Newey, Theatre Research International