Chaplin's Music Hall: The Chaplins and their Circle in the Limelight

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Charlie Chaplin grew up in and around the music hall. His parents, aunt, and their friends all earned their precarious livings on the stage and Chaplin himself started his career as a member of the Eight Lancashire Lads dance troupe. His experiences of the culture of the music hall were a significant influence, shaping his style of acting and the films he made.  Chaplin’s family and the circle of fellow performers whose life stories are told in this book were appearing at a time when music hall was in a state of transition, changing from an entertainment still reminiscent of its tavern-based origins to a complex, highly-financed industry seeking legitimacy with a far wider public. As venues grew larger, performers struggled to make connections with an increasingly remote audience.  This book tells the stories of Chaplin’s family and their music-hall circle – from *dashing* Eva Lester to the great Fred Karno and from Chaplin’s parents Hannah Hill and Charles Chaplin to *The Great Calvero* himself. Barry Anthony  reveals the difficult and often tragic lives of London's variety community in the late Victorian and Edwardian years, and in doing so, provides readers with a new and unique look into the life of Charlie Chaplin.

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Barry Anthony is a historian with a particular interest in the Victorian and Edwardian period who has written extensively about popular culture and entertainment. He is the author of The King’s Jester: The Life of Dan Leno, Victorian Comic Genius and co-author, with Richard Brown, of a groundbreaking study of the early British cinema, A Victorian Film Enterprise.

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'Barry Anthony has managed to bring back to life the often remarkable and dramatic lives of the performers who once entertained the British public in the many music halls throughout the country.' Michael Chaplin, from the Foreword to this book 'Chaplin's work is rooted in music hall. That is not surprising since both his father and his mother earned their living on the halls. As a writer examining Chaplin's links with music hall, Barry Anthony could not be bettered. A recognised expert on early cinema and the music halls, he paints a vivid account of a crucial part of Chaplin's extraordinary career.' Richard Anthony Baker, author of British Music Hall: An Illustrated History and editor of Music Hall Studies 'I have learned such a lot from this book. It is meticulously researched and well written; an important addition to music-hall history and to Chaplin studies.' Max Tyler, historian of the British Music Hall Society

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