Henry Irving and The Victorian Theatre by Madeleine Bingham

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  • Title: Henry Irving and The Victorian Theatre
  • Author: Madeleine Bingham
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Date: July 2015
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 9781138936553

 

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Originally printed in 1978. Henry Irving achieved an astounding success in Britain and America as an actor; but he lacked attractiveness, had spindly legs, and didn’t have voice. He stated so himself. Today Irving is considered the archetype of the old-time actor, however in his personal time he was considered an awesome theatrical innovator. Even Bernard Shaw, who attacked him pitilessly, even unto loss of life, referred to as him ‘trendy’ when he first noticed him act. Irving, the person, together with his tenacious, obsessive expertise, his human limitations and weaknesses, and his ephemeral glory is introduced most sympathetically to life on this biography. It is written from up to date sources, and from criticisms, lampoons, caricatures and gossip columns. If Irving mirrored sure features of his age, this ebook underlines the Victorian ethic to which he appealed and the backcloths in opposition to which it was set – the extraordinary lavishness of the Lyceum productions and the unimaginable extravagance of social entertaining. Not the least absorbing facet of this biography is the fascinating account of the lengthy partnership between Irving and Ellen Terry, nonetheless in lots of respects an enigmatic one, however right here portrayed with energetic perception into character mixed with understanding and deep data of the social and theatrical context of the Victorian age

 

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