Victorian Theatrical Burlesques

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Victorian Theatrical Burlesques

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Burlesque was one of the most reviled - and most appealing - types of theatrical performance in the Victorian age. Wildly popular in their own day, burlesque plays are now little read, scarcely studied, and never performed. Yet, as Richard Schoch shows in this text, burlesques are a distinctive form of metatheatrical criticism - plays about plays - and thus offer us an opportunity to understand how drama changes over time. This critical edition focuses exclusively on Victorian burlesques of Victorian plays. "Victorian Theatrical Burlesques" provides a general overview of theatrical burlesques in the period, emphasizing performance history. Sustained reference is made to burlesques other than those presented in the anthology. The volume also includes prefaces to each of the plays, fully annotated scripts, illustrations of burlesque performances, a checklist of burlesque plays and a bibliography. The plays presented include H.J. Byron's "Miss Eily O'Connor" (1861), a burlesque of Dion Boucicault's sensation melodrama "The Colleen Bawn"; Byron's "1863; or, The Sensations of the Past Season" (1863), a burlesque of a stage version of Mary Elizabeth Braddon's novel "Lady Audley's Secret"; F.C. Burnand's "The Very Latest Edition of Black-Eyed Susan" (1866), a burlesque of Douglas Jerrold's nautical melodrama "Black Eyed-Susan"; Byron's The "Corsican 'Bothers'; or, The Troublesome Twins" (1869), a burlesque of Dion Boucicault's melodrama "The Corsican Brothers"; and Charles Brookfield's and J.M. Glover's "The Poet and the Puppets" (1892), a burlesque of Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan". Through its general introduction, prefaces and annotations to individual plays, checklist of plays and bibliography, the volume allows both specialist and non-specialist readers to see Victorian burlesques as an historical record of shifting attitudes toward drama and the theatre.

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