Vol. 73, No. 1

pp. 1-68, 2019


  1. New Light on the Baroness

    Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson

    “In the early years of the eighteenth century four female star singers made their debuts on the London stag: the Baroness, Margherita de l’Epine, Maria Gallia, and Catherine Tofts. They performed in concerts and sang between the acts of plays at London’s two theatres, Drury Lane and Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and later vied for parts in the early all-sung operas in the Italian style. While much as been written about L’Epine and Tofts and the supposed rivalry between them, the Baroness has almost been ignored, although she was probably the first of these singers to appear in London.”

    Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson examine the evidence.

  2. Rediscovering Nora Charrington, Actress and Fabian

    Bernard Ince

    “The life and career of Nora Charrington has not been studied previously. She was the only child of two already celebrated actors, Janet Achurch and Charles Charrington, pioneers of the performance of the plays of Henrik Ibsen and the ‘New Drama’ movement of the late nineteenth century.”

    Bernard Ince has a long-standing interest in the family group referred to as ‘The Charringtons’.

  3. Jacob Hall and other Rope Dancers on the Continent, 1678-1682

    J. P. Vander Motten

    The London Stage describes the seventeenth-century rope dancers as the lowest form on the artistic scale, and “histories of the early modern English stage have devoted relatively little attention to them”, writes J. P. Vander Motten of Ghent University.

    In this article he draws attention to two notarial contracts which have hitherto been neglected by theatre historians, the first shedding new light on a troupe of rope dancers led by Jacob Hall, the second relating to two other troupes operating on the continent who have so far remained completely unknown.


Backstage in the Theatre: Scenes and Machines

Jean-Pierre Moynet, translated, introduced and annotated by Christopher Baugh in association with David Wilmore

Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters

Oliver Ford Davies

Staging History 1780-1840

Michael Burden, Wendy Heller, Jonathan Hicks, Ellen Lockhart eds.

New Light on the Baroness *** Rediscovering Nora Charrington, Actress and Fabian *** Jacob Hall and other Rope Dancers on the Continent 1678-1682

Briefly Noted

Bloomsbury Publishing’s Methuen and Arden imprints.
Books on mediaeval and early modern theatre.
Twentieth-century theatre architecture.
Contemporary wars on the English stage.
Anthologies of Dickensian Dramas and Workers’ Theatre.
The Plays of Margaret Drabble.

There is also a comprehensive list of Books Received for review.

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