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British Theatre between the Wars, 1918-1939 (Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre)

ISBN13: 9780521624077
ISBN: 052162407X
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $132.0
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Pages: 272
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This volume reveals a theater culture more complex and contradictory than previous histories have allowed for. Combining the popular with the commercial, the book includes accounts of the craze for thriller and detective plays and musical comedy and revue, alongside analyses of historical pageantry and the development of politicized productions of Shakespeare. It initiates a long overdue reassessment of mid-twentieth century British theater cultures. The book will appeal to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates as well as scholars interested in twentieth-century British theater.

Contents:
Theatre and society: the Edwardian legacy, the First World War and the inter-war years / Clive Barker
Body parts: the success of the thriller in the inter-war years / John Stokes
When men were men and women were women / John Deeney
Girl crazy: musicals and revue between the wars / James Ross Moore
Errant nymphs: women and the inter-war theatre / Maggie B. Gale
Blood on the bright young things: Shakespeare in the 1930s / Tony Howard
The religion of socialism or a pleasant Sunday afternoon? The ILP Arts Guild / Ros Merkin
Delving the levels of memory and dressing up in the past / Mick Wallis
The ghosts of war: stage ghosts and time slips as a response to war / Clive Barker