The Recollections and Reflections of J. R. Planche: Volume 2

The Recollections and Reflections of J. R. Planche: Volume 2 : 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 2 traces the continued development of Planche's career, covering his productions at the Olympic, Drury Lane, Covent Garden and Haymarket theatres. 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
  • 4 b/w illus.
  • 1139105698
  • 9781139105699

Table of contents

1. Another mission to Paris; 2. Death of Haynes Bayly; 3. Opening of Covent Garden, 1839, under the management of Madame Vestris; 4. My experience as 'Reader' at Covent Garden; 5. My accident at Covent Garden Theatre; 6. Death of Theodore Hook; 7. The Prize Comedy at the Haymarket; 8. Origin of the British Archaeological Association, 1843; 9. The Noviomagian Society; 10. Engaged at the Lyceum and Drury Lane; 11. 1850-1. Cymon and Iphigenia; 12. Letters from Charles Dickens; 13. Marriage of H.R.H. the Princess Royal; 14. An Old Offender at the Adelphi; 15. Deaths of Mrs. Bartley, Mrs. Glover; 16. Amateur performance by the 'Savage Club'; 17. The Corner of Kent; 18. Congress of the Association at Durham; 19. Unsupported Supporters; 20. The Armoury in the Tower of London; 21. Death of Maria, Countess of Harrington (Miss Foote).show more