Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and his World by Richards, Jeffrey

Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and his World

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Sir Henry Irving was the greatest actor of the Victorian age and was thought of by Gladstone as his greatest contemporary. He transformed the theatre, in Britain and America, from a disreputable and marginal entertainment into a respected, civilising and uplifting art form. Irving's enthusiastic supporters, eager to see his every appearance, ranged from Queen Victoria to working men and housewives. At the Lyceum Theatre from 1878 to 1902 he set new standards in acting, often partnered by Ellen Terry, and in production. In 1895 he became the first actor to receive a knighthood. His tours to America brought a revolution in acting practice to the New World. In Sir Henry Irvine: A Victorian Actor and his World, published to mark the centenary of Irving's death, Jeffrey Richards gives an account not only of Irving himself but also of his impact on the Victorian theatre and on Victorian life as a whole.

Author: Jeffrey Richards
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 11/20/2006
Pages: 508
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.85lbs
Size: 8.54h x 5.84w x 1.62d
ISBN13: 9781852855918
ISBN10: 1852855916
BISAC Categories:
- Drama | European | English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
- Biography & Autobiography | Entertainment & Performing Arts

About the Author
Jeffrey Richards is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lancaster and a leading authority on Victorian popular culture, the Victorian theatre and twentieth century cinema. His study of Henry Irving (Hambledon 2005) was shortlisted for the Theatre History Book Prize. He is a regular reviewer and broadcaster.