Plays by James Robinson Planché: The Vampire, the Garrick Fever, Beauty and the Beast, Foutunio and His Seven Gifted Servants, The Golden Fleece, The Camp at the Olympic, The Discreet Princess

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CUP Archive, Jan 30, 1986 - Drama - 241 pages
James Robinson Planché was one of the most prolific and successful of nineteenth-century playwrights. In a career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred and eighty pieces of all types, from pantomime and farce to melodrama and opera, for production at a wide range of London theatres. This book offers a representative selection of his most popular plays. It includes one melodrama - The Vampire; or The Bride of the Isles (1820), which represents the first treatment of the vampire theme on the English stage; one farce - The Garrick Fever (1839); three 'fairy' extravaganzas - Beauty and the Beast (1841), Fortunio and his Seven Gifted Servants (1843), and The Discreet Princess; or, The Three Glass Distaffs (1855); one 'classical' extravaganza - The Golden Fleece; or, Jason in Colchis and Medea in Corinth (1845); and one revue of events in contemporary London - The Camp at the Olympic (1853). The volume includes a lengthy introduction which sets the plays in the theatrical context of their time, a chronological record of Planché's life, a complete list of his plays, and a bibliography.
 

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Contents

Biographical record
36
THE GARRICK FEVER
69
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
85
FORTUNIO AND HIS SEVEN GIFTED SERVANTS
113
THE GOLDEN FLEECE OR JASON IN COLCHIS
145
THE CAMP AT THE OLYMPIC
173
THE DISCREET PRINCESS OR THE THREE
195
Some variants
230
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