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The need to express emotion, whether in music, dancing, gesture, or speech, seems to be inherent in man, and to have developed originally in connection with religious observances. Nothing is ...
afterpiece

afterpiece  

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A short opera or pantomime given after the performance of a play or other major dramatic work; the genre was popular in England in the 18th and early 19th centuries.[...]
agōnĕs

agōnĕs  

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1 The term agōn and its derivatives can denote the informal and extempore rivalries that permeated Greek life in the general fight for survival and, success esp. philosophical, legal, and public ...
Albert Chevalier

Albert Chevalier  

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(1862–1923)English actor, music-hall singer, and lyricist. The son of a schoolteacher, his first success was on the legitimate stage with the Bancrofts in 1877. Out of work, he was ...
Aleksandr Tairov

Aleksandr Tairov  

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(1885–1950)Russian/Soviet director. After a period as an actor, Tairov's first important post was at Mardzhanov's Free Theatre in 1913, where he directed his future wife Koonen in Schnitzler's The ...
amusements and recreation

amusements and recreation  

Dickens had a profound interest in popular recreation, and reference to it suffuses his early fiction and his journalism throughout his life. His basic philosophy can be found in the ...
Animal Impersonation

Animal Impersonation  

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The representation of birds and beasts by human beings played an important part in early folk festivals, and may be associated with primitive fertility rites in which live animals were ...
animals

animals  

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Animals have featured in performance from ancient times. The Romans had bears and dogs in dramas, elephants who performed rope walking, and built gruesome shows of animal fights. Throughout Europe ...
Arthur Askey

Arthur Askey  

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(b. Liverpool, 6 June 1900; d. London, 16 Nov. 1982)Comedian. What he lacked in height he made up for in his billing as ‘Big Hearted Arthur’. Fame came with ...
Astley's Amphitheatre

Astley's Amphitheatre  

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A theatrical entertainment, regarded as the first modern circus, founded in London in 1770 by the English theatrical manager and former soldier Philip Astley (1742–1814). By 1798 he was allowed to ...
August von Kotzebue

August von Kotzebue  

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(1761–1819)German dramatist and diplomat in Russian service, author of a large number of sentimental plays which enjoyed a considerable vogue in England during the 1790s. His Menschenhass und Reue ...
Barry Lupino

Barry Lupino  

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(1882–1962),English comedian, one of a numerous family (including Lupino Lane) descended from an Italian puppet-master who emigrated to England early in the 17th century. He made his first appearance ...
Bath

Bath  

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The first theatre in Bath was built in 1705. On the passing of the Licensing Act in 1737 it was demolished, and the company moved to a room under Lady ...
Benjamin Webster

Benjamin Webster  

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(1797–1882)English actor, manager, playwright, and member of a theatrical family. Webster started his career playing Harlequin and Pantaloon in pantomime before joining Vestris's company at the ...
Billy Merson

Billy Merson  

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(1881–1947)English pantomime and variety artist. Born in Nottingham, he was briefly a circus clown and part of a music-hall double act called Keith and Merson. An acrobat, he was ...
biomechanics

biomechanics  

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Practice for training actors developed by Meyerhold in 1922. Deriving from mime and the commedia dell'arte, it sought to generate emotion and ‘reflex excitability’ from physical exercises.Terry ...
Birmingham

Birmingham  

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City in West Midlands, Eng., with splendid mus. tradition. Fest. was held there triennially, with occasional breaks, from 1768 to 1912. Costa cond., 1849–82; Mendelssohn's Elijah f.p. 1846 and ...
booing

booing  

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Typically an expression of disapproval (literally, to imitate the sound of oxen), along with other behaviours such as jeering, hissing, and catcalls. Booing might be used by an audience at ...
boulevard theatre

boulevard theatre  

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At its simplest, ‘le théâtre de boulevard’ translates as ‘commercial theatre’: it refers, particularly in the period 1890–1914, to those Parisian establishments which were independent of state ...
Bowery Theatre

Bowery Theatre  

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The Bowery in New York offered entertainment for popular tastes for 103 years. Opening in 1926, it was the largest playhouse in America, with seating for 3,000, and the first ...

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