The Britannia Diaries of Frederick Wilson, edited by Jim Davis

by Frederick Wilson, edited by Jim Davis

Frederick Wilton, who was stage manager at the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, provides a behind-the-scenes, day-by-day account of a London East-End theatre known for its presentation of robust acting, burlesques, pantomimes and harlequinades, leavened with black-face minstrels, comic and sentimental singers, acrobats, ventriloquists and other wonders of which Dickens and Bernard Shaw wrote with enthusiasm.

Hardback; 288 pp, 16 ill., ISBN 085430

A behind-the-scenes account of a London East End theatre by its stage manager, Frederick Wilton

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