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The Resource Good nights out : a history of popular British theatre, 1940-2015, Aleks Sierz

Good nights out : a history of popular British theatre, 1940-2015, Aleks Sierz

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Good nights out : a history of popular British theatre, 1940-2015
Title
Good nights out
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a history of popular British theatre, 1940-2015
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Aleks Sierz
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eng
Summary
London's West End is a global success story, staging phenomenal hit shows that have delighted millions of spectators and generated billions of pounds in revenue. In Good Nights Out, Aleks Sierz provides a thematic survey of such popular theatre shows that were enormous commercial successes over the past 75 years. He argues that these outstanding hits have a lot to say about the collective cultural, social and political attitudes and aspirations of the country, and about how our national identity - and theatre's role in creating it - has evolved over the decades. The book spans a range of work from almost forgotten plays, such as R. F. Delderfield's Worm's Eye View and Hugh Hastings's Seagulls Over Sorrento, to well-known mega-hits, such as The Mousetrap and The Phantom of the Opera. Such popular work has tended to be undervalued by some critics and commentators mainly because it has not been thought to be a suitable subject for inclusion in the canon of English Literature. By contrast, Sierz demonstrates that genres such as the British musical, light comedy, sex farce or murder mystery are worth appreciating not only for their intrinsic theatrical qualities, but also as examples of the dream life of the British people. The book challenges the idea that mega-hits are merely escapist entertainments and instead shows how they contribute to the creation of powerful myths about our national life. The analysis of such shows also points towards the possibility of creating an alternative history of postwar British theatre. --
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Sierz, Aleks
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non fiction
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  • Theater
  • Theater and society
  • Theater
  • Theater and society
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Good nights out : a history of popular British theatre, 1940-2015, Aleks Sierz
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-219) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1089275722
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 228 pages
Isbn
9781350046214
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1089275722
Label
Good nights out : a history of popular British theatre, 1940-2015, Aleks Sierz
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1089275722
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 228 pages
Isbn
9781350046214
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1089275722

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