Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre

Nation and Race in West End Revue

1910–1930

Authors: Linton, David

Free Preview
  • Fills a gap in understanding how and why London West End revue was such an exciting, popular and influential form throughout the twentieth century
  • Challenges previous theatre historiographies and calls for a new understanding of how popular musical performance forms operate
  • Connects diverse popular theatre genres, and in doing so links revue to contemporary practices across theatre and performance today
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook 85,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-75209-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-75208-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
About this book

London West End revue constituted a particular response to mounting social, political, and cultural insecurities over Britain’s status and position at the beginning of the twentieth century. Insecurities regarding Britain’s colonial rule as exemplified in Ireland and elsewhere, were compounded by growing demands for social reform across the country — the call for women’s emancipation, the growth of the labour, and the trade union movements all created a climate of mounting disillusion. Revue correlated the immediacy of this uncertain world, through a fragmented vocabulary of performance placing satire, parody, social commentary, and critique at its core and found popularity in reflecting and responding to the variations of the new lived experiences. Multidisciplinary in its creation and realisation, revue incorporated dance, music, design, theatre, and film appropriating pre-modern theatre forms, techniques, and styles such as burlesque, music hall, pantomime, minstrelsy, and pierrot. Experimenting with narrative and expressions of speech, movement, design, and sound, revue displayed ambivalent representations that reflected social and cultural negotiations of previously essentialised identities in the modern world. Part of a wide and diverse cultural space at the beginning of the twentieth century it was acknowledged both by the intellectual avant-garde and the workers theatre movement not only as a reflexive action, but also as an evolving dynamic multidisciplinary performance model, which was highly influential across British culture. Revue displaced the romanticism of musical comedy by combining a satirical listless detachment with a defiant sophistication that articulated a fading British hegemonic sensibility, a cultural expression of a fragile and changing social and political order.

About the authors

David Linton is a performer/theatre practitioner and senior lecturer in Drama at Kingston University, London, UK. His research explores issues of resistance, adaptation, and exchange in theatre. This focuses on participatory arts practice, black British performance and pre-modern popular theatre forms, and their contemporary applications, specifically mask/minstrelsy, pantomime, burlesque/neo burlesque, cabaret, pierrot, hip hop theatre, and revue.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 85,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-75209-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 103,99 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-75208-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nation and Race in West End Revue
Book Subtitle
1910–1930
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-75209-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-75209-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-75208-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 202
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
Topics