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...Adapted from the diaries of Richard Wagner, Beethoven’s music soars in the background as a poor young composer named Richard Wagner struggles toward Vienna to meet the composer he idealizes. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance...
...In 1911, a small but committed group of young performers from Russia's premier independent theatre – the Moscow Art Theatre (MAT) – gathered in a flat to experiment with new acting processes. The majority of these performers had been drawn...

‘Honour, decorum, prudence’: the novel and its reputation

Deborah Cartmell

Deborah Cartmell is Professor of English, De Montfort University, UK. Her recent publications include Adaptations in the Sound Era: 1927-3, Teaching Adaptations, ed. and A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation. She is co-editor and founder of the international journals, Adaptation and Shakespeare and series editor of the Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Screen Adaptations Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice : The Relationship between Text and Film

Methuen Drama, 2010

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...The quality of Austen’s writing is usefully summarised by Lady Catherine de Bourgh in her pronouncement on how Elizabeth ought to behave: with ‘honour, decorum, prudence’ and it has long been the norm to read Austen adaptations...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 28th June, 2010. Grace has agreed to marry Sir Harcourt in return for his financial support of her family. At a house party in her father's place, Harcourt's son Charles also...

The Enchanted Isle

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The popular theatre’s obsession with sensational ‘true’ stories may be broadly compared to modern television’s and tabloid journalism’s love of real-life drama. Then as now, crime was a favourite subject and melodramas such as Sweeney Todd...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ (occasional swearing) Recorded through National Theatre Live on 8th December, 2015 as a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic. Born into a life of struggle, the spirited Jane Eyre tackles life's obstacles head...

The Factory Lad

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...The Factory Lad is a melodrama that would like to be a revenge tragedy. Its simple plot is broken across a social dilemma concerning the disintegration of the old, feudal, agricultural-based relationship between master and servant and its...

Acting Proverbs

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Drawing-room theatricals soon became standard home entertainment for the respectable middle classes and charades came to be regarded as tame, even somewhat passe. In 1858 Routledge published a new volume of playlets intended for home...

The Business of Matrimony

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...Marriage was the glue that stuck Victorians together. Matrimony pasted everyone in place like so many photographs in an album and labelled them with a name and a station. Where there was dissention, trouble and unrest, marriage...

An Evening At A Whitechapel Gaff

Sara Hudston

Sara Hudston is a writer and freelance journalist. She was born in 1968 and educated at St John’s College, Oxford, where she gained a first in English. She has also published Islomania, a book about the fascination of islands. She lives in Dorset. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Victorian Theatricals : From menageries to melodrama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...It is worth comparing Hardy’s literary account, set as it is within the familiar landscape of the novel, with a piece of journalism describing a visit to a penny theatre – or gaff – in Whitechapel, which was published in the same year...