By Frederick Burwick
Among the appearance of the French Revolution and the short-lived good fortune of the Chartist stream, overworked and underpaid labourers struggled to accomplish harmony and collective bargaining. That historical past has been instructed in several bills of the age, yet by no means sooner than has it been advised by way of the theatre of the interval. to appreciate the play lists of a theatre, it is vital to check the group which that theatre serves. within the labouring-class groups of London and the provinces, the performances have been tailored to fit the neighborhood audiences, no matter if weavers, or miners, or box staff. analyzing the stipulations and features of consultant provincial theatres from the 1790s to 1830s, Frederick Burwick argues that the which means of a play alterations with each switch within the functionality position. As contributing elements in that modify, Burwick attends to neighborhood political and cultural conditions in addition to to theatrical actions and advancements in different places.
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Performing as Letitia Hardy at Bath (13 February 1826), John Genest reports, ‘she was cruelly used – the opposition from 3 or 4 persons in the Pit, and some fellows in the gallery’. The following night, when she appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It (14 February 1826), a similar disruption was attempted but was quickly hushed. Genest wrote that ‘she was a very pretty woman and a very pleasing actress, but she never would have travelled about as a Star, if it had not been for circumstances totally unconnected with the stage’ (Genest, 9:358–9).
III c. 73) stipulated twelve hours of labour as the maximum daily time for adolescents between fourteen and eighteen years old. For children between the ages of nine and thirteen the work limit was a maximum of eight hours. Children under nine years old were not allowed to work but they must be enrolled in the elementary schools established by the factory owners. Further, children must be instructed in reading, writing, and arithmetic for the first four years of work. In spite of the evidence that these regulations were not uniformly enforced, the literacy rate was steadily increasing Playing the provinces 19 (W.
BL Playbills 280) Playing the provinces 23 As respected citizen and city magistrate, Atkinson was in a position to influence a large part of the population. Eager to deflect the damage instigated by Atkinson, William Shalders, theatre manager at Salisbury, issued his own announcement that the play will be repeated so that those unfamiliar with the play may witness the falseness of Atkinson’s charges of obscenity. The Manager begs leave most respectfully to inform the Nobility, Gentry, and Inhabitants generally, of Salisbury and its Vicinity, that in consequence of the publication of a Handbill, denouncing the Play of the Hypocrite as full of Filthiness, Obscenity, and Impiety, with Wanton Oaths, Licentious Conduct, Impure Sentiments, and Obscene Language, which is a false and scandalous statement, he has been induced, at the request of several respectable parties, who witnessed its first representation, to announce it for Monday Evening next, on which occasion Mr.
British Drama of the Industrial Revolution by Frederick Burwick