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"The Stage's Glory": John Rich (1692-1761)

Joncus, Berta and Barlow, Jeremy, eds. 2011. "The Stage's Glory": John Rich (1692-1761). Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press. ISBN 9781611490329 [Edited Book]

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John Rich (1692-1761) was a profoundly influential figure of the eighteenth-century London stage. As producer, manager, and performer, he transformed the urban entertainment market, creating genres and promotional methods still with us today. This volume gives the first comprehensive overview of Rich's multifaceted career, appreciation of which has suffered from his performing identity as Lun, London's most celebrated Harlequin. Far from the lightweight buffoon that this stereotype has suggested, Rich—the first producer of The Beggar's Opera, the founder of Covent Garden, the dauntless backer of Handel, and the promoter of the principal dancers from the Parisian opera—is revealed as an agent of changes much more enduring than those of his younger contemporary, David Garrick. Contributions by leading scholars from a range of disciplines—theatre, dance, music, art, and cultural history—provide detailed analyses of Rich's productions and representations. These findings complement Robert D. Hume's lead article, a study that radically alters our perception of Rich.

Item Type:

Edited Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Music

Date:

May 2011

Item ID:

5663

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2011 07:45

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 09:44

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5663

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