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George Edwardes, the creator of the British musical comedy and the leading entrepreneur in London entertainment for three decades, created over sixty productions, thirty-one of which ran for at least 300 performances. Many toured the world. He developed an entertainment empire in the metropolis and thus can serve as a touchstone for investigating not only the development of popular entertainment but also the transformation of the theatre industry in modern London.
This lecture described the definitive features of Edwardes' multifaceted career, and provided a cultural history of the artistic, social, economic, and political aspects of London theatre in the decades before World War I.
Tom Postlewait, Professor of Theatre History, teaches at Ohio State University. He has published several books in theatre studies, including The Prophet of the New Drama: William Archer and the Ibsen Campaign (Greenwood 1986), the co-edited Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Essays in the Historiography of Performance (University of Iowa Press, 1989), and the co-edited Theatricality (Cambridge UP, 2004). He also contributed sections to both the Cambridge History of American Theatre (1999) and the Cambridge History of British Theatre (2005). He is general editor of Studies in Theatre History and Culture, University of Iowa Press. He is past-President of the American Society for Theatre Research.
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8th May 2008