Making it on your own: women in the new comic traditions

  • Frances Gray
Part of the Women in Society book series


Music Hall, or Variety, or Vaudeville, or whatever you want to call it, is dead. Television killed it. All comedians seem to agree on this, even if they agree on nothing else. Throughout the 1950s variety theatres — like cinemas and ‘legitimate’ playhouses — closed down while families stayed in to watch the box. In the first place, they were still paying for the set and couldn’t afford to go out; in the second place, television featured stars; the bill at the local theatre in a small provincial town couldn’t begin to compete.


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© Frances Gray 1994

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