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A City's Toys: Theatre in Birmingham 1914-1918

Cochrane, Claire ORCID: (2016) A City's Toys: Theatre in Birmingham 1914-1918. In: British Theatre and the Great War, 1914-1919: New Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 215-233. ISBN eBook: 978-1-137-40200-4 Hardcover: 978-1-137-40199-1

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This chapter provides a wide-ranging account of theatre in Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city. As a vital centre for the production of mass armaments and vehicles essential for the war effort, Birmingham was home to a rapidly expanding and socially diverse population. I show how theatres overcame wartime constraints to reflect that diversity with examples drawn from the popular entertainment provided by the city’s music halls, variety and melodrama theatres contrasted with the more decorous touring plays, musicals and spectacular home-grown pantomimes enjoyed at the prestigious Theatre Royal and Prince of Wales. The dogged attempts by the recently-established Birmingham Repertory Theatre to sustain an artistically and intellectually ambitious programme of new and classic drama also reveal a more complex response to the effects of war.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: First World War, Birmingham, theatre
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Claire Cochrane
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2016 13:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:13

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