Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage

Roberts, David (2010) Thomas Betterton: The Greatest Actor of the Restoration Stage. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521195843

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Abstract

Restoration London's leading actor and theatre 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 theatre'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 theatre. 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. © David Roberts 2010.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 29, David Roberts
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA29: English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
Depositing User: Miss Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 14:51
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 15:42
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/474

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