9780521195843

Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521195843

  • ISBN10:

    0521195845

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Restoration London's leading actor and theater manager Thomas Betterton has not been the subject of a biography since 1891. He worked with all the best-known playwrights of his age and with the first generation of English actresses; he was intimately involved in the theater's responses to politics, and became a friend of leading literary men such as Pope and Steele. His innovations in scenery and company management, and his association with the dramatic inheritance of Shakespeare, helped to change the culture of English theater. David Roberts's entertaining study unearths new documents and draws fresh conclusions about this major but shadowy figure. It contextualizes key performances and examines Betterton's relationship to patrons, colleagues and family, as well as to significant historical moments and artifacts. The most substantial study available of any seventeenth-century actor, Thomas Betterton gives one of England's greatest performing artists his due on the tercentenary of his death.

Author Biography

David Roberts's entertaining study unearths new documents and draws fresh conclusions about this major but shadowy figure. It contextualizes key performances and examines Betterton's relationship to patrons, colleagues and family, as well as to significant historical moments and artefacts. The most substantial study available of any seventeenth-century actor, Thomas Betterton gives one of England's greatest performing artists his due on the tercentenary of his death.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Note on dates and textsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Look, my lord, it comes: Betterton's Hamletp. 7
An obstinately shadowy Titan: Betterton in biographyp. 24
An actor of London: early years, 1635-1659p. 39
A walk in the park: Betterton and the scene of comedyp. 54
In the Duke's Company, 1660-1663p. 69
Equal with the highest: Thomas Betterton and Henry Harris, 1663-1668p. 83
Actor management: running the Duke's Companyp. 102
In the Company of the Duke: Betterton and Catholic politics in the 1670sp. 120
Union: Betterton and theatrical monopoly, 1682-1695p. 137
Back to the future: breakaway to semi-retirementp. 154
Books and pictures: Betterton and the Chandos Portraitp. 173
Notesp. 184
Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 250
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