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The Stage Alfred Bunn

The Stage By Alfred Bunn

The Stage by Alfred Bunn


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Alfred Bunn published these memoirs of his theatrical career in 1840. His account is written with a verve which makes it very readable, and provides a fascinating account of the period when Bunn was running both the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane and the Opera House at Covent Garden.

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The Stage: Both before and behind the Curtain, from Observations Taken on the Spot by Alfred Bunn

The librettist and theatre manager Alfred Bunn (1796-1860) published these memoirs of his career, giving a view 'both before and behind the curtain', in 1840. He professes not to be fond of autobiographies, is clearly irritated at the not always flattering walk-on role he is given in the memoirs of some of the greatest contemporary performers, and regards this three-volume work as a way of settling a number of scores. His account cannot therefore be said to be unprejudiced, but it is written with a verve which makes it very readable, and - allowing for bias and exaggeration - provides a fascinating account of the period when Bunn was running both the Theatre Royal at Drury Lane and the Opera House at Covent Garden, providing libretti for some of the best known British composers of the period, and quarrelling with almost everyone he worked with in the course of his career.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Inutility of biography; 2. Indifference of the public; 3. Performers and their salaries, past and present; 4. A London manager as he is, and as he ought to be; 5. The value of experience exemplified; 6. A good address very desirable; 7. Mems. of a manager during a continental trip; 8. Ambassadors; 9. Jephtha's vow; 10. A visit to Germany, and its theatres; 11. Dissolution; 12. 'Repeal of the union' carried.

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NLS9781108081641
9781108081641
1108081649
The Stage: Both before and behind the Curtain, from Observations Taken on the Spot by Alfred Bunn
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2018-03-15
336
N/A
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