Popular Puppet Theatre in Europe, 1800-1914

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 4, 2005 - Drama - 268 pages
Banned, marginalised, tolerated or neglected, puppets were a major form of entertainment of the subordinate classes in the nineteenth century. Showmen travelled from one end of Europe to the other bringing everything from biblical plays to melodramas and variety to audiences who experienced them as their only form of dramatic entertainment. The first study of its kind in English, Popular Puppet Theatre in Europe is less a history than a comparative study, highlighting a significant aspect of social and cultural history from a national and transnational perspective. It examines the showmen, their audiences, the performance context, and the technical and practical aspects of the puppets and their stages.
 

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Contents

Listof illustrations pageviii
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PART ICONTEXT
11
Showpeople
21
The performance context
40
Audiences
63
The stage and the wings
87
Puppetactors 1
108
Puppetactors
127
The traditional repertoire
161
The establishment of
179
Io Contemporary playsand
192
survival to revival
206
JNotes
218
Glossary
235
Index
246
Copyright

Puppetactors III
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