Blockbusters of Victorian Theater, 1850–1910

Critical Essays

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About the Book

This edited collection of essays details a wide-ranging selection of some of the most sensationally successful theatre productions of the long Victorian era, the real “blockbusters” of the age. Ranging from the world of operetta and music hall to spectacular drama and sensational melodrama, the productions included provide the reader with definitive proof that the phenomenon of the “smash hit” show is not restricted to modern Broadway.
This is a world that encompassed the ground-breaking stage technology of Ben Hur, the wide political impact of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the sheer creative originality of L’Enfant Prodigue. Supporting the “star” system, productions featured some of the greatest names of the period – Sir Henry Irving, Sir Johnston Forbes Robertson, James O’Neill and Dion Boucicault. This was the very dawning of a new media age, which saw many of the productions transfer to the new world of silent cinema for the very first time

About the Author(s)

Paul Fryer is an academic, author, editor and researcher, based in Kent (UK). He has lectured and presented film screenings internationally and is a visiting professor at the Universities of Leeds, London South Bank and East London.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Paul Fryer
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8166-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4942-9
Imprint: McFarland