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"Politics, performance and popular culture"Theatre and society in nineteenth-century Britain$
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Peter Yeandle, Katherine Newey, and Jeffrey Richards

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091698

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091698.001.0001

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‘Executed with remarkable care and artistic feeling’: popular imperialism and the music hall ballet

‘Executed with remarkable care and artistic feeling’: popular imperialism and the music hall ballet

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"Politics, performance and popular culture"

Jane Pritchard

Peter Yeandle

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at the development of ballet in the second half of the nineteenth century and the way in which at outer London music halls it became increasingly topical in its subject matter during the period 1870-1884. Many of the references related to the changing political conditions of the day, but the references to situations served more to reassure the audiences than to criticise policy makers. There was always an element of fantasy and escapism about the productions but they also introduced audiences to places of which they may have had little knowledge. London’s dance history, away from the opera houses and the two Leicester Square theatres, is very poorly documented. Ballet in the nineteenth century takes many guises and many dance historians dismiss the post-Romantic period in British theatre as it focused on popular entertainment. Because the available information is so patchy the picture becomes distorted. This chapter starts to investigate just what was music hall ballet and why did it appeal so strongly to its audience.

Keywords:   Ballet, music hall, topical referencing, imperialism, popular entertainment

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