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Alfred de Musset

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(1810–57)

French poet and dramatist. The youngest and most original of the romantic playwrights, Musset was little performed in his lifetime. After the failure of La Nuit...

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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 ...

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breeches role

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A part in which an actress appears in male attire. In English the term has been traditionally applied to parts written for men and performed by women. A commercially successful ...

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Charlotte Cushman

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(1816–76)

American actress of international fame. Known for her breeches roles and female grotesques, Cushman often used her muscular body and unusual voice to create a masculine...

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Dorothy Jordan

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(1761–1816),

actress, appeared from 1782 to 1815 in many leading roles, and was much praised by Hazlitt, Lamb, Leigh Hunt, etc. She was for long mistress of the duke of Clarence...

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Ella Shields

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(1879–1952)

American singer and comedienne. In the USA Shields began as a ‘coon singer’, drawing upon the traditions of minstrelsy. She went to London in 1904 and began a long ...

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female Impersonation

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In the Greek and Elizabethan theatres female parts were invariably played by boys and men, as they were for centuries in China and Japan, where the actress is a comparatively ...

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gender and performance

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A concern with identity politics made issues of gender fundamental to contemporary culture. The significance of gender in determining social behaviour and in defining power relations...

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George Farquhar

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(1678–1707)

Irish playwright, the best comic dramatist of the eighteenth century in Britain. His plays achieved unprecedented runs, and two of them continue to be performed today,...

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Jenny Hill

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(1851–96)

English music-hall performer, ‘the Vital Spark’ of the first generation of stars of the halls. She excelled in characterizations of women of her own working-class...

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