Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage
Restoration London's leading actor and theatre manager Thomas Betterton has not been the subject of a biography since 1891. He worked with all the best-known playwrights of his age and with the first generation of English actresses; he was intimately involved in the theatre's responses to politics, and became a friend of leading literary men such as Pope and Steele. His innovations in scenery and company management, and his association with the dramatic inheritance of Shakespeare, helped to change the culture of English theatre. David Roberts's entertaining study unearths new documents and draws fresh conclusions about this major but shadowy figure. It contextualizes key performances and examines Betterton's relationship to patrons, colleagues and family, as well as to significant historical moments and artefacts. The most substantial study available of any seventeenth-century actor, Thomas Betterton gives one of England's greatest performing artists his due on the tercentenary of his death.
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Chapter 3 An obstinately shadowy Titan Betterton in biography
Chapter 4 An actor of London early years 16351659
Chapter 5 A walk in the park Betterton and the scene of comedy
Chapter 6 In the Dukes Company 16601663
Chapter 7 Equal with the highest Thomas Betterton and Henry Harris 1663 1668
Chapter 8 Actor management running the Duke s Company
Chapter 9 In the Company of the Duke Betterton and Catholic politics in the 1670s
Chapter 10 Union Betterton and theatrical monopoly 1682 1695
Chapter 11 Back to the future breakaway to semiretirement
Chapter 12 Books and pictures Betterton and the Chandos Portrait
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