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Charles Macklin and the Theatres of London (Eighteenth Century Worlds Lup) (Paperback)

Charles Macklin and the Theatres of London (Eighteenth Century Worlds Lup) By Ian Newman (Editor), David O'Shaughnessy (Editor) Cover Image
By Ian Newman (Editor), David O'Shaughnessy (Editor)
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Charles Macklin (1699?-1797) was one of the most important figures in the eighteenth-century theatre. Born in Ireland, he began acting in London in around 1725 and gave his final performance in 1789 - no other actor can claim to have acted across seven decades of the century, from the reign of
George I to the Regency Crisis of 1788. He is credited alongside Garrick with the development of the natural school of acting and gave a famous performance of Shylock that gave George II nightmares. As a dramatist, he wrote one of the great comic pieces of the mid-century (Love la Mode, 1759), as
well as the only play of the century to be twice refused a performance licence (The Man of the World, 1781). He opened an experimental coffeehouse in Covent Garden, he advocated energetically for actors' rights and copyright reform for dramatists, and he successfully sued theatre rioters. In short,
he had an astonishingly varied career.

With essays by leading experts on eighteenth-century culture, this volume provides a sustained critical examination of his career, illuminating many aspects of eighteenth-century theatrical culture and of the European Enlightenment, and explores the scholarly benefit - and thrill - of restaging
Macklin's work in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Ian Newman is Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame. David O'Shaughnessy is Professor in the School of English and Creative Arts at NUI Galway.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781800856912
ISBN-10: 1800856911
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2022
Pages: 344
Language: English
Series: Eighteenth Century Worlds Lup