‘The D’Oyly Carte Boarding School’: Female Respectability at the Savoy*

Part of the Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre book series (PSBMT)


Goron investigates the late-Victorian Savoy Theatre as a workplace, by examining ways in which the moral behaviour of employees was enforced and maintained by the management. He investigates the premise that, by regulating the lives of female performers, Victorian entrepreneur Richard D’Oyly Carte created a company image which concurred with, and reinforced, the moral preoccupations of the ‘respectable’ middle classes. The chapter explores the notion of increasing middle-class female participation in late-Victorian theatre, and ways in which the D’Oyly Carte Company accommodated this demographic change. The kinds of moral strictures imposed by the Savoy management and those based on emphasising female allure, practised by George Edwardes, manager of the rival Gaiety Theatre, are compared to explore the specificity of the culture of morality at the Savoy.


Sexual Harassment Female Employee Theatrical Career Comic Paper Female Performer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southampton SolentSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.University of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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