Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and Cosmopolitan Entertainment Culture

Authors: Maloney, Paul

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  • Draws on first hand accounts to bring to life an iconic aspect of Glasgow's cultural history
  • Provides a key exploration of the movement from Victorian urban entertainment culture to the modern entertainment market
  • Examines the inner workings of the Britannia Panopticon from multiple angles to provide a comprehensive picture of the hall's evolution
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Focusing on Glasgow’s earliest surviving music hall, the Britannia, later the Panopticon, this book explores the role of one of the city’s most iconic cultural venues within the cosmopolitan entertainment market that emerged in British cities in the nineteenth century. Shedding light on the increasing diversity of commercial entertainment provided by such venues – offering everything from music hall, early cinema and amateur nights to waxworks, menageries and freak shows – this study also encompasses the model of community-based, working-class music hall which characterised the Panopticon’s later years, challenging narratives of the primacy of city centre variety.

Providing a comprehensive analysis of this dynamic popular theatre of the industrial age, Maloney examines the role of the hall’s managers, marketing and promotional strategies, audiences, and performing genres from the hall’s opening in 1859 until final closure in 1938. The book also explores stage representations of Irish and Jewish immigrant communities present in surrounding city centre areas, demonstrating the Britannia’s diasporic links to other British cities and centres in North America, thus providing a multifaceted and pioneering account of this still extant Victorian music hall.

About the authors

Paul Maloney has worked as a stage director in opera and has taught, researched and published widely in the fields of Scottish popular theatre and twentieth century Scottish political theatre.  Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, he is the author of Scotland and the Music Hall, 1850-1914 (2003).   

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“ … the book is a pleasure to read – a treasure trove of examples of nineteenth- and twentieth-century popular performance, a testimony to the ways in which managers negotiated with the community around them and a well-written investigation into the relationship between urban shifts and the tensions and representations of contemporary immigrant communities.” (Louise Wingrove, Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol. 23 (2), April, 2018) 

“Paul Maloney’s enthusiasm and meticulous re - search make this a fabulous and much welcome book. … The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and Cosmopolitan Entertainment Culture is a rich study, thoughtfully constructed and expertly carried through. It will be of interest to all scholars of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century performance cultures and social histories, and is a much appreciated addition to the Palgrave studies in theatre and performance history series.” (Maggie B. Gale, New Theatre Quarterly, November, 2017)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Entertainment and the City

    Maloney, Paul

    Pages 1-17

  • The Britannia Music Hall, 1859–1905: ‘Improvement’

    Maloney, Paul

    Pages 19-79

  • ‘Flying Down the Saltmarket’: The Irish on the Glasgow Music Hall Stage

    Maloney, Paul

    Pages 81-116

  • ‘Ikey Granitestein from Aberdeen’: Jewish Stage Representations in Glasgow Music Hall

    Maloney, Paul

    Pages 117-161

  • Pickard’s Panopticon, 1906–1938: Commodification and the Development of Urban Entertainment Culture

    Maloney, Paul

    Pages 163-210

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47909-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and Cosmopolitan Entertainment Culture
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47659-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47659-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47909-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 273
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
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