British Theatre and the Great War, 1914 - 1919

New Perspectives

Editors: Maunder, Andrew (Ed.)

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British Theatre and the Great War examines how theatre in its various forms adapted itself to the new conditions of 1914-1918. Contributors discuss the roles played by the theatre industry. They draw on a range of source materials to show the different kinds of theatrical provision and performance cultures in operation not only in London but across parts of Britain and also in Australia and at the Front. As well as recovering lost works and highlighting new areas for investigation (regional theatre, prison camp theatre, troop entertainment, the threat from film, suburban theatre)  the book offers revisionist analysis of how the conflict and its challenges were represented on stage at the time and the controversies it provoked. The volume offers new models for exploring the topic in an accessible, jargon-free way, and it shows how theatrical entertainment of the time can be seen as the `missing link’ in the study of First World War writing.

About the authors

Andrew Maunder is Reader in Victorian Literature in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is the author of books including The British Short Story (with Emma Liggins and Ruth Robbins, 2010) and has written widely on First World War literature and culture. He is the co-ordinator of the World War One Theatre Project based at the University of Hertfordshire which revives war-time drama for modern audiences.


Claire Cochrane, University of Worcester, UKKatharine Cockin, University of Hull, UKSos Eltis, Oxford University, UKVictor Emeljanow, University of Newcastle, AustraliaSimon Featherstone, De Montfort University, UKAilsa Grant Ferguson, University of Brighton, UKViv Gardner, University of Manchester, UK Emma Hanna, University of Greenwich, UKAnselm Heinrich, University of Glasgow, UKVeronica Kelly, University of Queensland, UKMargaret Leask, University of Sydney, AustraliaSteve Nicholson, University of Sheffield, UK

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Rediscovering First World War Theatre

    Maunder, Andrew

    Pages 1-39

  • ‘This Unhappy Nation’: War on the Stage in 1914

    Nicholson, Steve

    Pages 43-64

  • Reclaiming Shakespeare 1914–1918

    Heinrich, Anselm

    Pages 65-80

  • On the Edge of Town: Melodrama and Suburban Theatre in Brixton, 1915

    Maunder, Andrew

    Pages 81-99

  • From Sex-war to Factory Floor: Theatrical Depictions of Women’s Work during the First World War

    Eltis, Sos

    Pages 103-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Theatre and the Great War, 1914 - 1919
Book Subtitle
New Perspectives
Editors
  • Andrew Maunder
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40200-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137402004
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40199-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 303
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