The Recollections and Reflections of J. R. Planche: Volume 1

The Recollections and Reflections of J. R. Planche: Volume 1 : A Professional Autobiography

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Published in 1872, this two-volume autobiography by the British playwright J. R. Planche (1796-1880) tells the story of his long and varied life in the theatre. Planche wrote, adapted or collaborated on 176 plays over the course of his career, covering a wide range of theatrical genres including comedy, opera, extravaganza and pantomime. He also became an acknowledged expert on stage costume, and argued the importance of historically accurate costumes in productions of Shakespeare's plays. Engagingly written, these volumes contain fascinating anecdotes on the famous theatrical and musical figures of the time, including Charles Kemble, Eliza Vestris and Carl Maria von Weber. Volume 1 contains Planche's descriptions of his childhood, and recollections of the beginnings of his career at Drury Lane and Covent Garden. The work confirms Planche's permanent place in the history of theatre practice, and provides an intriguing glimpse into the Regency and early Victorian London more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 b/w illus.
  • 113910568X
  • 9781139105682

Table of contents

Advertisement; 1. Letter to Walter Arnold; 2. Early recollections; 3. My first visit to Paris; 4. Reform of theatrical costume; 5. Weber's Oberon; 6. Vauxhall Gardens; 7. New acquaintances; 8. Shere Afkun; 9. American relations; 10. Marschner's 'Der Vampire'; 11. Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; 12. Captain Polhill and Alexander Lee take Drury Lane Theatre; 13. 1832-3. Laporte lessee of covent Garden; 14. The Dramatic Authors' Act and its consequences; 15. 1833-4. Production of 'Gustavus Third'; 16. Publication of The History of British Costume; 17. Engagement with Bunn; 18. Mission to Paris; 19. Introduction to the Duchess-Countess of Sutherland; 20. Introduction to the Countess of Blessington; 21. Engagement by Chappell and co. to write an opera for more