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Vol. 64, No. 2

2010

Articles

  1. Manufacturing Spectacle: The Georgian Playhouse and Urban Trade and Manufacturing

    Susan E Brown

    Information from the account books of Drury Lane and Covent Garden is used to analyse the costs of the 300-400 staff (actors, musicians, dancers, backstage, front-of-house etc) of the two houses. Props and wardrobe were partly produced in house, and partly bought in. Heating and lighting (coal, candles, oil) were bought in. Some suppliers and tradesmen, mostly locally based, are named.

  2. Miss Cheer as Lady Rosehill: A Real-Life Drama in Late Colonial British America

    Susan Rather

    Miss Cheer joined David Douglas’ “American Company” in 1763 or 1764 in Charleston. In 1768 she married Lord Rosehill, the eldest son of the (Scottish) Earl of Northesk, but continued to work in the theatre, in Philadelphia and New York. Rosehill had previously married, in 1767, without the permission of his father or of his commanding officer in the (British) 25th Foot. Rosehill left the army, and went abroad to North America. It appears that his second marriage was bigamous, and ended on his death in 1788. Miss Cheer continued to work intermittently until 1794, and died in 1800 in Jamaica. Rosehill had died before his father and without any heir.

  3. Jesters to the Revolution: A History of Cartoon Archetypical Slogan Theatre (CAST), 1965-85.

    Bill McDonnell

    A group of four, Roland Muldoon, Claire Burnley, Ray Levine, and David Hatton, came together at Unity Theatre about 1963, but were expelled in 1965 for attempting a revolutionary coup against the management committee. They set out to develop an improvised cartoon style, beginning in 1965 with John D. Muggins is Dead, dealing with the war in Vietnam. The group produced about 25 touring shows over the period up to 1984.

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The Collected Letters of Ellen Terrry, Vol I ed.

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Child of the Theatre

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Conrad's Victory, ed.

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Bernard Shaw and the BBC

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Get Real: Documentary

Alison Forsyth and Chris Megson

Theatre and Humanism in a World of Violence

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Manufacturing Spectacle: The Georgian Playhouse and Urban Trade and Manufacturing –§– Miss Cheer as Lady Rosehill: A Real-Life Drama in Late Colonial British America –§– Jesters to the Revolution: A History of Cartoon Archetypical Slogan Theatre (CAST), 1965-85.

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